Do you love spending time in parks, open spaces, and nature? Do you work in the parks and recreation industry? You have definitely come to the right place then!
We are Ontario Parks Association (OPA).
Our non-profit charitable organization was founded in 1936. We focus on Protecting Tomorrow Today® through three methods.
Educate: We believe continued professional development is important to maintaining engaging parks and open spaces for our communities. We currently offer 17 hands-on training sessions on a variety of topics relevant to parks and open space professionals, including Chainsaw Safety, Irrigation Training, Ball Diamond Maintenance, Playground Inspection and more! We take our training session across Ontario to ensure everyone has the opportunity to learn.
Advocate: Imagine a time in the future without your neighbourhood playground, wooded area where you hike or park where you take a lunch break. Unfortunately you may not have to look into the distant future. These spaces are victims of pollution, vandalism, deterioration and decreased funding. We work to advocate for the importance of parks and open spaces in all communities. We believe parks are essential to healthy communities and that everyone has the right to enjoy them.
Celebrate: We believe it is important to celebrate the achievements of students, organizations and individuals who make an impact on parks and open spaces. We do this through an annual awards recognition programs. Anyone has the opportunity to nominate an individual or organization for one of our four awards - Student Award of Recognition, Environmental Impact Award, Community Engagement Award or Lifetime Achievement Award.
If you work for a municipal parks department, conservation authority, or organization that works in the parks and open space industry, we want to work with you! Consider getting an OPA Membership for discounted training fees, access to an exclusive discussion forum, a subscription to our quarterly magazine and so much more!
Thank you for checking out our very first blog post! We hope this blog will be a space for you to learn about the amazing parks and open spaces throughout Ontario, the benefits of time in nature, and how OPA is here to help!
Until next time, we hope you will work on Protecting Tomorrow Today® in your neighbourhood.
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