Rachel C. Dotson


Rachel’s experience includes a wide range of project types including military facilities, civic projects, transportation, and education projects but with a main focus on parks and recreation open spaces. Her parks and recreation work ranges from small pocket parks in urban, high-density areas, to playgrounds and children’s gardens, sports complexes, and regional parks plans. As a certified playground safety inspector and a certified inclusive play design specialist, she brings technical knowledge in playground safety, inclusive play, accessible design, and universal access techniques. Her work on playgrounds and parks seeks to create inclusive, multi-generational places that spark an experiential awareness of the outdoor environment. In addition, she applies extensive knowledge of universal and ADA access and site security standards to the design of outdoor spaces.


  • “Creating Sustainable Communities Through Park and Recreation Master Planning”, Illinois Parks and Recreation Association Annual Conference, author and presenter
  • “Navigating Your Path to Leadership”, coauthor and copresenter, 2018 WASLA Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington
  • “Landscape Architecture: Creativity Meets Sustainability”, copresenter, Expanding Your Horizons Conference, American Association of University Women, Bellevue Community College

Public Service

  • University Heights Center Playground Community Build, University Heights Center
  • The Paw Project-Washington, volunteer
  • Garden Stewards Volunteer Program, Arboretum Foundation
  • Special Olympics USA Games, Seattle 2018, Volunteer
  • Mentorship Program, Landscape Architecture Department, University of Washington, Mentor
  • Green Seattle Partnership, Invasive Plant Removal at Colman Park

Continued Education

  • Inclusive Play Workshop, PlayCreation and Landscape Structures
  • NRPA Certified Playground Safety Inspector Course
  • Accessible Play Areas Advanced Session Webinar, Accessibility Online
  • Accessible Hospitals and Medical Care Facilities Advanced Session Webinar, Accessibility Online
  • Association of Professional Landscape Designers Annual Symposium, APLD WA
  • Ethnobotany of Native Plants, Washington Arboretum Foundation
  • “Specifying Topsoils & Organic Soil Amendments: Get What You Want and Need,” Howard Stenn, Stenn Design, Specifying Soils Seminar, Cedar Grove Composting, Inc.
  • “Soil Improvement for Stormwater Management, Erosion Control, and Landscape Success,” David McDonald Seattle Public Utilities, Specifying Soils Seminar, Cedar Grove Composting, Inc.
  • “Designing for the Full Range of Human Experience,” Northwest Universal Design Council
  • Inclusive Playground Design Training, Playworld Systems