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Roseburg: Trails Day Walk and Cleanup March 20

Looking for a great service opportunity to help give back to the community with your employees, as students, a service group, or as a community member? Join Blue Zones Project Umpqua for a Trails Day! We will clean up a section of our Roseburg Trails System while meeting new people and moving. Meet at the Stewart Park Pavilion from 5-6pm on Wednesday, March 13. “Trash grabbers,” bags and gloves provided. Take action together to improve and beautify the Roseburg community!

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Grants Pass: Southern Oregon Symposium April 4-5

This new 2-day event in Southern Oregon explores park planning and development, unique park elements, playground design, community builds and protection of natural resources.  Perfect for park planners, designers of playgrounds, county parks staff and outdoor recreation programmers.

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Portland: Designing for Everyone: Accessibility and the Web April 8

For the first time in history, organizations have the power to communicate with audiences anywhere on earth. While organizations have become increasingly savvy when it comes to understanding their audience, they might unintentionally exclude potential users through audience-focused design decisions. This session will include a hands-on experience to create a more thorough understanding of why accessibility matters.

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Portland: What’s the Future of O’Bryant Square? April 10

From Keller Fountain to Jamison Square, Portland has a rich tradition of successful full-block public squares. But one of the most visible ones – O’Bryant Square – has had varied success. Initially a lively fountain plaza, after a few years the square, predominantly in off-hours, became a home for drug use and associated illegal activity. Join urban design advocate and Portland Parks Foundation executive director Randy Gragg, Pioneer Courthouse Square executive director Jennifer Polver, architect Will Ives, and Portland Parks & Recreation in a moderated panel discussion about the future of O’Bryant Square.

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Oregon: National Park Services Fee-Free Days April 20, August 25, September 28, November 11

The National Park Service announced five fee-free days for 2019, applying to the 115 park sites that normally charge visitors, including Crater Lake, Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks, among others. The free days only cover entrance fees, and don’t apply to camping, lodging or other costs inside the parks.

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