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Click here to see the full list of courses OPA offers.

 

For your convenience and to help stretch your budget dollars, OPA will bring any of the courses listed here to your municipality or organization. We encourage you to let us know if you are interested even if you can only send one or two staff. We will combine your training with neighbouring organizations. Not only will this provide valuable training, but also foster and facilitate communication and experience sharing among your local and neighboring organizations. Call today to register and we will assist you through the process. 


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    • 10 Jan 2019
    • 11:59 PM
    • 31 May 2019
    • OPA Foundation
    Register

    OPA Foundation Scholarship & Bursary Awards Program

    For detailed information on the available awards please visit the OPA Foundation section of our website. To check if you qualify for an OPAF award, please check hereApplications are due by midnight on Friday, May 31.

    All applicants will be evaluated based on the information provided in their application package by the OPA Foundation Award Selection Committee. The Selection Committee is comprised of a quorum of the Ontario Parks Association Foundation Board. All decisions made by the Selection Committee are considered final. Please note that incomplete applications will result in disqualification.

    Scholarship / Bursary Award Application Instructions:

    1. REGISTER ONLINE 

    Your first step is to complete the online registration form. Please note you do not need to apply for a scholarship and a bursary separately - only one application is required.

    Please ensure you complete the section at the bottom of the online registration page providing a budget for one year of study.

    2. DOCUMENTS PACKAGE

    The following documents can be uploaded as part of your registration form, or you can assemble and submit the package via email (opa@ontarioparksassociation.ca) or snail mail (Ontario Parks Association Foundation, Bursary & Scholarship Committee, c/o Ontario Parks Association, 8250 Lawson Road,  Milton, ON L9T 5C6). 

    2.1 - PERSONAL LETTER 

    Please prepare a letter using the following bold, italicized statements as mandatory headings in your letter to introduce yourself to the Selection Committee. This information will form the context of your letter and will be evaluated by the Selection Committee.

    Outside Interests Related to Field of Study Provide background information about yourself that may relate to the academic program you have chosen.

    Involvement / Volunteerism in Community and/or Campus Activities – Please provide information about the activities have you been involved in that have helped to improve your community or campus.

    Future Involvement in Your Profession – Describe the direction you hope to pursue in your future career and any professional or academic plans you have to achieve your goals.

    2.2 - REFERENCE LETTERS 

    Please provide two reference letters: one from a professor or school administrator who can verify your academic level, leadership ability and contributions to the school program. A second letter from a non-academic reference (employer/personal reference/volunteer work) that outlines your abilities and personality traits. Please note that letters must be dated within the past two years.

    2.3 - CURRENT RESUME

    Please submit a copy of your current resume.

    2.4 - APPLICATION JUSTIFICATION

    On a separate page entitled “Application Justification” please provide:

    1. A brief description of your personal effort to earn tuition and any financial support you have received.
    2. A brief description of your anticipated costs required by your program of study.
    3. A closing statement as to why you are a deserving student,

    2.5 - TRANSCRIPT

    If second term grades are not finalized please submit grades from first term that are final. Final transcripts can be forwarded after the deadline date to the Selection Committee by no later than Friday, May 31Website transcripts are acceptable, provided that the website transcript is accompanied by letter grade or grade point average conversion to percentage grade.

    Please note that applications and transcripts can be submitted separately. Applications should be submitted as early as possible, with transcripts being sent as soon as they are available, but by May 31st at the latest. 

    Please read our COLLECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION PRIVACY STATEMENT.pdf.

    Please review the CONSENT TO RELEASE OF INFORMATION FORM.pdf.

    If you have any questions or issues regarding the application process please contact opa@ontarioparksassociation.ca. 

    • 28 May 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • City of Hamilton ~ Joe Sam's Leisure Park ~ Operations Shop - 752 Centre Road Hamilton, ON L8N 2Z7
    • 0
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    CHAINSAW SAFETY AWARENESS TRAINING- ONE DAY


    The Ministry of Labour requires that all parks professionals who use a chainsaw on the job must be trained in the safe operation of a chainsaw. This one day course is designed for those who will use a chainsaw for limbing, bucking and felling small trees (smaller than 5” dbh) and limbs that are on the ground. Course participants will be educated about chainsaw safety, maintenance, use and handling.

    The course will cover:
    • Chainsaw safety
    • Starting and stopping techniques
    • Chainsaw maintenance
    • PPE
    • Limbing and bucking
    • Technical cutting & small tree felling
    DATE: May 28, 2019
    TIME: 8:00am to 4:00pm

    LOCATION:
    Joe Sam's Leisure Park ~ Operations Shop (please see map below)
    752 Centre Road
    Hamilton, ON L8N 2Z7

    Outdoor Location: On Site


    **PLEASE NOTE**

    PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE PROPER PPE IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS COURSE

    • Class E Type 2 helmet
    • hearing protection
    • gloves
    • eye protection
    • safety boots
    • full leg chaps or ballistic pants


    Lunch is NOT provided at this location – please bring a lunch for this day.

     

    Register online, payment can be made via PayPal, a cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association) or by calling the OPA office with a credit card for processing. (905-864-6182, ext. 6710 or 6720).

    • 05 Jun 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • City of Hamilton ~ Joe Sam's Leisure Park ~ Operations Shop - 752 Centre Road Hamilton, ON L8N 2Z7
    • 6
    Register

    REFRESHER CHAINSAW SAFETY AWARENESS TRAINING


    OPA requires Chainsaw Card Holders to refresh their knowledge of safe saw techniques every three 3 years. This one (1) day refresher seminar helps satisfy these requirements.


      NOTE: Only those who have attended the Two (2) Day OPA Chainsaw Safety Awareness Training course at least three years prior are eligible for this course. Once registered the OPA office will validate your eligibility to attend this training and we will then send an invoice for payment.

      Prerequisite: Successful completion of the OPA Two Day Parks Oriented Chainsaw Safety Training course.

      The course will cover:

      • PPE & Legislative Requirements 
      • Chainsaw Maintenance & Sharpening Techniques 
      • Safe Chainsaw Starting & Handling Practices 
      • Field Practices (Felling [Notching & Back Cutting], Bucking Techniques & Tools)

      DATE: June 5, 2019
      TIME: 8am -4pm
      LOCATION:
      Joe Sam's Leisure Park ~ Operations Shop (please see map below)
      752 Centre Road
      Hamilton, ON L8N 2Z7

      Outdoor Location: On site



        **PLEASE NOTE**
        PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE PROPER PPE IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS COURSE

        • Class E Type 2 helmet
        • Hearing protection
        • Gloves
        • Eye protection
        • Safety Boots
        • Full leg chaps or ballistic pants

        Register online and pay by sending in a cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association) to 102-8250 Lawson Road, Milton, ON L9T 5C6, or call into the office with a credit card for processing


        Lunch is NOT provided at this location – please bring a lunch

        • 06 Jun 2019
        • 7:30 AM
        • 07 Jun 2019
        • 3:30 PM
        • Whitewater Region Municipal Office - Community Hall - 44 Main Street, Cobden, ON K0J 1K0
        • 0
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        CHAINSAW SAFETY AWARENESS TRAINING -TWO DAY 


        The Department of Labour requires that all Parks Professionals who use chainsaws on the job be trained in their safe operation.

         

        This two (2) day seminar helps satisfy these requirements.

         

        The course will cover:


        • Safety Regulations and PPE
        • Identify and inspect all chainsaw safety components
        • Inspection and adjustment of a chainsaw
        • Starting and stopping techniques
        • Safe handling of a chainsaw
        • Woodlot assessment and hazards
        • Felling techniques for trees greater then 5" dbh
        • Bucking and Limbing
        • Pole saw and cutting attachments
        • Competence test

        **PLEASE NOTE**

        PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE PROPER PPE IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS COURSE

        • Class E Type 2 helmet
        • Hearing protection
        • Gloves
        • Eye protection
        • Safety boots
        • Full leg chaps or ballistic pants


        Date:

        June 6 & 7, 2019


        Time:

        7:30am to 3:30pm


        In-Class Location:

        Whitewater Region Municipal Office - Community Hall
        44 Main Street
        Cobden, ON K0J 1K0

        Outdoor Location: TBD

        Lunch is NOT provided at this location – please bring a lunch, snacks and drinks (water etc..) both days. 

        Register online, payment can be made via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association) or by calling the OPA office with a credit card for processing. (905-864-6182, ext. 6710) .

        • 07 Jun 2019
        • Humber Valley Golf Course, 40 Beattie Ave, Etobicoke, ON M9W 2M3
        • 2
        Register

        2019 Dave Gower Memorial Event

        Friday, June 7, 2019 - Humber Valley Golf Course

        Sponsorship Opportunities

         

        JUNE 7 GOLF EVENT SCHEDULE
        (Rain or Shine)
        Registration/Breakfast     7:45 am
        Tee Off                  8:30 am SHARP
        Reception                         1:45 pm 
        Dinner and Prizes             2:30 pm

        LocationHumber Valley Golf Course, 40 Beattie Ave, Etobicoke, ON M9W 2M3

        Hotel Accommodations: Accommodations have been made with the Hotel Carlingview in Etobicoke, please click here for reservation information and instructions.

        SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

        GOLF PACKAGE - $2,000 - TAKEN, FIBERTOP

        • Premium clubhouse banner position
        • Name on clubhouse banner
        • Signage placement on golf course
        • Your logo on giveaway
        • Complimentary golf foursome

        • Option to include gift or promo item in grab bag (min. 120). Items to be sent to OPA office by May 31st

        GOLF CARTS PACKAGE - $1,500 - TAKEN, OPENSPACE SOLUTIONS INC. & SHADEVIEW STRUCTURES

        • Recognition signage on all tournament carts
        • Name on clubhouse banner
        • Complimentary golf threesome
        • Option to include gift or promo item in grab bag (min. 120). Items to be sent to OPA office by May 28th

        DINNER PACKAGE - $1,500 (1 Available) - TAKEN, URE-TECH SURFACES INC.

        • Recognition signage at each dinner table
        • Name on clubhouse banner
        • Complimentary golf threesome
        • Option to include gift or promo item in grab bag (min. 120). Items to be sent to OPA office by May 31st


          BREAKFAST PACKAGE - $1,000 - TAKEN, TURF CARE PRODUCTS CANADA LIMITED

          • Recognition signage at event
          • Name on clubhouse banner
          • Complimentary golf twosome
          • Option to include gift or promo item in grab bag (min. 120). Items to be sent to OPA office by May 31st

          GOLD SPONSOR - $500 - SPONSORS: ABC RECREATION, G.C. DUKE EQUIPMENT LIMITED, HENDERSON RECREATION EQUIPMENT LTD., W.H. REYNOLDS, PARK N PLAY DESIGN CO. LTD.

          • Signage on tee
          • Name on clubhouse banner
          • Complimentary individual golfer
          • Option to include gift or promo item in grab bag (min. 120). Items to be sent to OPA office by May 28th


            CONTEST SPONSOR - $400

            • Customized signage on tee
            • Name on clubhouse banner
              Contest options include:
              • Closest to the Pin - Ladies  - TAKEN - NEW WORLD PARK SOLUTIONS
              • Closest to the Pin - Men - TAKEN - EVERPLAY 
              • Longest Drive - Ladies - TAKEN - CANADIAN PLAYGROUND ADVISORY
              • Longest Drive - Men - TAKEN - TOWN OF GODERICH
              • Putting Contest Sponsor - TAKEN - PLAYPOWER LT CANADA, INC.


              SILVER SPONSOR - $300 - SPONSORS: PRACTICA LTD., STIHL, MOLOK

              • Signage on tee
              • Name on clubhouse banner


              Click here to download the event flyer.



              Interested in registering to attend as a golfer? Click here

               

              • 07 Jun 2019
              • Humber Valley Golf Course, 40 Beattie Ave, Etobicoke, ON M9W 2M3
              Register

              2019 DAVE GOWER MEMORIAL EVENT

              Friday, June 7, 2019 - Humber Valley Golf Course

              Golfer Registration


              JUNE 7 GOLF EVENT SCHEDULE
              (Rain or Shine)
              Registration/Breakfast     7:45 am
              Tee Off                  8:30 am SHARP
              Reception                         1:45 pm 

              Dinner and Prizes             2:30 pm

              Location: Humber Valley Golf Course, 40 Beattie Ave, Etobicoke, ON M9W 2M3

              Hotel Accommodations: Accommodations have been made with the Hotel Carlingview in Etobicoke, please click here for reservation information and instructions.

              Cost: $160 per person

              Price includes:        

              • Continental breakfast 
              • Golf & cart
              • Dinner
              • Various giveaways

              Looking for Sponsorship Opportunities? Click here
              • 12 Jun 2019
              • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
              • City of Kawartha Lakes ~ OPS Community Centre Facility - 2569 Hwy 7 Lindsay, ON K9V 4R4
              • 17
              Register

              BALL DIAMOND MAINTENANCE AND BEST PRACTICES WORKSHOP

              Ball Diamond maintenance is a regular, necessary and costly procedure. Whether using stone dust, a mixture of clay, sand, original materials or the new diamond conditioners, amendments and materials, a similar process must be used. They all require regular grooming and good maintenance practices. This program will illustrate best practices and maintenance standards to your front line staff. A reasonable standard of maintenance is now a necessity because of risk management principles that indicate all diamonds should be maintained to a standard and level of acceptance equivalent to the municipalities around you. In the case of an incident, or an injury, that is what the lawyers are now using as a bench mark for a "standard of care".

              This course will cover:

              • Fundamentals of General Field Maintenance
              • Pitchers Mound Maintenance
              • A Front Line Worker's Role
              • Ball Diamond / Fields Checklist for Risk Management Objectives
              • Striping, Lining and Logos
              • Irrigation and Drainage on Infields
              • Dragging, Infield Grooming Practices and Equipment
              Date: June 12, 2019
              Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm

              Location:
              OPS Community Centre Facility   
              2569 Hwy 7
              Lindsay, ON K9V 4R4

              Outdoor location: On site

              Course Cost:
              OPA Member Price: $247.80
              Potential Member Price: $345.90

              **Lunch is not provided at this session please bring a bagged lunch**

              Register online, payment can be made via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association) or by calling the OPA office with a credit card for processing. 

              • 13 Jun 2019
              • 8:30 AM
              • 14 Jun 2019
              • 4:30 PM
              • Fleming Centre Beamsville - Meeting Room B ~ 5020 Serena Drive Beamsville, ON L0R 1B8
              • 2
              Register

              SPRAY PAD PRACTITIONER TRAINING PROGRAM

              With the increasing demand for spray pads in communities are you prepared to deal with the choices (and possibly trade-offs) that will need to be made when dealing with the installation of this type of equipment? Once through or recirculated, type of features required, type of surface, materials, location, understanding the context of the Health Act, responsibilities of owners, and water treatment and testing, all these options, questions and the need for a basic understanding of operations come to light with the installation of a spray pad.

              With these things in mind, Ontario Parks Association has developed a new spray pad operations course that will help prepare participants to be able to confidently respond to these questions and more. This session is the first of its kind in North America, and promises to be an exciting addition to the training program line up currently offered by OPA. This two day Spray Pad Practitioner program will include both theory and practical, with a visit to a local spray pad being part of the training.

              Following is an overview of the items that will be addressed during this training:

              • Design philosophy
                • Considerations (ie. ages, collaborative play, inclusive play, sensory stimulation, motor skills, etc.)
                • Selecting colours, location, patterns
                • Types of fixtures – fiberglass, stainless, aluminum, fixed and removable
                • Determining shape/size
                • Sequencing and determining flow pattern
                • Surfacing options
              • Considerations for construction
              • Water treatment and testing
              • Flow through, re-circulation and retain and reuse systems
              • Equipment (ie. pumps, strainers, UV)
              • Inspections (daily, pre-opening,  pre-season)
              • Signage
              • Winterizing
              • Ministry Guidelines

              Whether you are an operator, supervisor, manager, or health official, you will want to attend this exciting course to gain a stronger understanding of this increasingly popular equipment. 

              DATE: June 13 & 14, 2019

              TIME: 8:30am - 4:30pm

              LOCATION: Town of Lincoln

              Fleming Centre Beamsville - Meeting Room B
              5020 Serena Drive
              Beamsville, ON L0R 1B8

              SPRAY PAD PRACTICAL SITE: 
              Hilary Bald Park Splash Pad
              4485 Garden Gate Terrace  
              Beamsville, ON L0R 1B9

              Course Costing:
              OPA Member Price: $403.80 
              Potential Member Price: $633.90

              ***Please wear closed toe shoes to the training session***

              Please note that lunch is NOT provided at this location – please bring a lunch, drinks and snacks for this session.

              To attend this training please register online. Payment can be made online, via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association) or by calling the OPA office with a credit card for processing (905-864-6182, ext. 6710).


              • 17 Jun 2019
              • 8:00 AM
              • 18 Jun 2019
              • 4:00 PM
              • Riverview Park & Zoo ~ 1230 Water Street, Peterborough ON K9H 7G4
              • 3
              Register

              CHAINSAW SAFETY AWARENESS TRAINING -TWO DAY 


              The Department of Labour requires that all Parks Professionals who use chainsaws on the job be trained in their safe operation.

               

              This two (2) day seminar helps satisfy these requirements.

               

              The course will cover:


              • Safety Regulations and PPE
              • Identify and inspect all chainsaw safety components
              • Inspection and adjustment of a chainsaw
              • Starting and stopping techniques
              • Safe handling of a chainsaw
              • Woodlot assessment and hazards
              • Felling techniques for trees greater then 5" dbh
              • Bucking and Limbing
              • Pole saw and cutting attachments
              • Competence test

              **PLEASE NOTE**

              PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE PROPER PPE IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS COURSE

              • Class E Type 2 helmet
              • Hearing protection
              • Gloves
              • Eye protection
              • Safety boots
              • Full leg chaps or ballistic pants


              Date:

              June 17 & 18, 2019


              Time:

              8:00am to 4:00pm


              In-Class Location:

              Riverview Park & Zoo 
              1230 Water Street
              Peterborough, ON K9H 7G4

              Outdoor Location: On site

              Lunch is NOT provided at this location – please bring a lunch, snacks and drinks (water etc..) both days. 

              Register online, payment can be made via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association) or by calling the OPA office with a credit card for processing. (905-864-6182, ext. 6710) .

              • 19 Jun 2019
              • 8:00 AM
              • 20 Jun 2019
              • 4:00 PM
              • City of Belleville ~Parks Maintenance Building ~ Riverside Park 259 North Park Street Belleville, ON K8P 2Z2
              • 0
              Join waitlist

              CHAINSAW SAFETY AWARENESS TRAINING -TWO DAY 

              TRAINING SESSION IS SOLD OUT


              The Department of Labour requires that all Parks Professionals who use chainsaws on the job be trained in their safe operation.

               

              This two (2) day seminar helps satisfy these requirements.

               

              The course will cover:


              • Safety Regulations and PPE
              • Identify and inspect all chainsaw safety components
              • Inspection and adjustment of a chainsaw
              • Starting and stopping techniques
              • Safe handling of a chainsaw
              • Woodlot assessment and hazards
              • Felling techniques for trees greater then 5" dbh
              • Bucking and Limbing
              • Pole saw and cutting attachments
              • Competence test

              **PLEASE NOTE**

              PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE PROPER PPE IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS COURSE

              • Class E Type 2 helmet
              • Hearing protection
              • Gloves
              • Eye protection
              • Safety boots
              • Full leg chaps or ballistic pants


              Date:

              June 19 & 20, 2019


              Time:

              8:00am to 4:00pm


              In-Class Location:

              Parks Maintenance Building ~ Riverside Park 
              259 North Park Street
              Belleville, ON K8P 2Z2

              Outdoor Location: On site

              Lunch is NOT provided at this location – please bring a lunch, snacks and drinks (water etc..) both days. 

              Register online, payment can be made via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association) or by calling the OPA office with a credit card for processing. (905-864-6182, ext. 6710) .

              • 26 Jun 2019
              • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
              • To be confirmed
              Register

              JOIN US FOR THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETINGS OF THE ONTARIO PARKS ASSOCIATION AND THE ONTARIO PARKS ASSOCIATION FOUNDATION!

               

              When:      Wednesday, June 26, 2019

              Where:    Meeting location to be advised


              June 26 AGM Schedule:

              10:00 a.m. - Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Parks Association

              11:00 a.m. - Annual General Meeting of the Ontario Parks Association Foundation

              12:00 p.m. - Lunch 


              Meeting Documents & Proposed Constitution & By-law Amendments:

              Meeting documents - In advance of the AGM, please be sure to log in to the OPA website and visit the Annual General Meeting Documents page in the Members Only section where you will find the Minutes and audited financial statements for year ending December 31, 2017. These documents will be put forward at the AGM for approval so please ensure you review them prior to the meeting.

              Notice of proposed amendments to the Constitution & By-laws of the Ontario Parks Association - Please log in to the OPA website and visit the Annual General Meeting Documents page in the Members Only section to view the proposed Constitution & By-laws amendments that will be put forward for approval at the AGM. If you have any questions/concerns about any of the proposed revisions please email Shelley at shelley@ontarioparksassociation.ca in advance of the AGM.

              • 23 Sep 2019
              • 8:30 AM
              • 24 Sep 2019
              • 4:30 PM
              • City of Belleville ~ Quinte Sports and Wellness Center - 265 Caniffton Road, Belleville, ON K8N 4V8
              • 9
              Register
              TRAILS SPECIALIST WORKSHOP  

               

              This two day course is an introduction to understand professional trail development and how it relates to trail maintenance. You will receive instruction on how to observe, detect, document and mitigate potential risk resulting from poor trail design, construction and maintenance. This workshop combines in classroom theory and hands-on experiences. Participants will leave the course with a tool kit on how to create and implement a successful trail maintenance program. This course will cover all types of trails from natural surface single track to 3 metre wide crushed aggregate. 

              This course will cover:

              • Overview of Professional Trail Development
              • The Science and Art of Trail Building
              • Maintenance of Trails
              • Environmental Impacts
              • Liability Issues
              • Handwork and Trail Construction Techniques

              DATE: September 23 & 24, 2019
              TIME: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm both days
              LOCATION:
              Quinte Sports and Wellness Center ~ Media Training Room (2nd floor)
              265 Cannifton Road
              Belleville, ON K8N 4V8


              OUTDOOR LOCATION: TBD


              COURSE COST:

              OPA Member: $403.80

              Potential Member: $633.90


              Participants are required to have a CSA approved hard hat, safety glasses, closed toe safety shoes/boots, and gloves. 

              It is recommended that the participant bring with them the following equipment: 
              • pin flags
              • clinometer 
              • pulaski
              • mcleod rake
              And/or any other trail building tools/equipment the organization, government agency or participant intends to use for trail design, building and maintenance. The idea behind having your own tools/equipment onsite is to allow the opportunity for it to be integrated into the course and suit the specific needs/wants and desires of the participants.

              Please note: A bagged lunch is required at this course
              This course is an Ontario Trails Council approved training program.
              • 23 Sep 2019
              • 8:30 AM
              • 24 Sep 2019
              • 4:30 PM
              • Town of Whitby ~ McKinney Centre 222 McKinney Dr, Whitby, ON L1R 3M3
              • 17
              Register

              SPRAY PAD PRACTITIONER TRAINING PROGRAM

              With the increasing demand for spray pads in communities are you prepared to deal with the choices (and possibly trade-offs) that will need to be made when dealing with the installation of this type of equipment? Once through or recirculated, type of features required, type of surface, materials, location, understanding the context of the Health Act, responsibilities of owners, and water treatment and testing, all these options, questions and the need for a basic understanding of operations come to light with the installation of a spray pad.

              With these things in mind, Ontario Parks Association has developed a new spray pad operations course that will help prepare participants to be able to confidently respond to these questions and more. This session is the first of its kind in North America, and promises to be an exciting addition to the training program line up currently offered by OPA. This two day Spray Pad Practitioner program will include both theory and practical, with a visit to a local spray pad being part of the training.

              Following is an overview of the items that will be addressed during this training:

              • Design philosophy
                • Considerations (ie. ages, collaborative play, inclusive play, sensory stimulation, motor skills, etc.)
                • Selecting colours, location, patterns
                • Types of fixtures – fiberglass, stainless, aluminum, fixed and removable
                • Determining shape/size
                • Sequencing and determining flow pattern
                • Surfacing options
              • Considerations for construction
              • Water treatment and testing
              • Flow through, re-circulation and retain and reuse systems
              • Equipment (ie. pumps, strainers, UV)
              • Inspections (daily, pre-opening,  pre-season)
              • Signage
              • Winterizing
              • Ministry Guidelines

              Whether you are an operator, supervisor, manager, or health official, you will want to attend this exciting course to gain a stronger understanding of this increasingly popular equipment. 

              DATE: September 23 & 24, 2019

              TIME: 8:30am - 4:30pm

              LOCATION: Town of Whitby

              McKinney Centre 222 McKinney Dr, Whitby, ON L1R 3M3
              222 McKinney Dr
              Whitby, ON L1R 3M3

              SPRAY PAD PRACTICAL SITE: 
              McKinney Park (aka Folkstone park) ~ 100 meters north of the classroom site

              Course Costing:
              OPA Member Price: $403.80 
              Potential Member Price: $633.90

              ***Please wear closed toe shoes to the training session***

              Please note that lunch is NOT provided at this location – please bring a lunch, drinks and snacks for this session.

              To attend this training please register online. Payment can be made online once an invoice has been sent from the office, via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association) or by calling the OPA office with a credit card for processing (905-864-6182, ext. 6710).


              • 28 Oct 2019
              • 8:00 AM
              • 01 Nov 2019
              • 5:00 PM
              • Town of East Gwillimbury ~ East Gwillimbury Sports Complex - 1914B Mt Albert Rd, Sharon, ON L0G 1V0
              • 21
              Register

              REGISTERED PLAYGROUND PRACTITIONER


              The Ontario Parks Association (OPA) has developed the Registered Playground Practitioner Program to meet the needs of those involved and responsible for the hands-on inspections and maintenance of public playspaces and playground facilities.

               

              Safe Play - A High Priority

              The Ontario Parks Association places a high priority and commitment on the provision of safe play structures in our public spaces. We want to help ensure that they are safe and accessible. OPA also emphasizes the strong need to educate caregivers, supervisors and others about the benefits of positive and safe play experiences for our children.

               

              What You Will Learn

              Attending this course will teach you about significantly lowering the risk of injuries in play areas by providing a safe outdoor learning experience for all. This course uses the CAN/CSA-Z614-14, Children's Playspaces and Equipment, as a base document for the three independent sections of the course.

               

              Intensive 4 1/2-Day Program

              The Ontario Parks Association instructors include experts from the industry including an architect, liability expert, lawyer, representative of the CSA Standards Association and others to give in-depth training on the following topics and includes an on-site demonstration at a local playground structure:


              Playspace Strategies Playspace Evaluation Playspace Management
              space requirements playvalue and hazard identification liability and insurance
              playability inspection and maintenance due diligence
              access/egress requirements surfacing evaluation contractual obligations
              playspace design record keeping risk management
              age appropriate issues CSA overview owner/operator responsibilities
              playspace materials corrective actions employee/manager responsibilities
              playspace construction   playvalue and practical choices

              Principal Instructor Peter Kells

              Industrial Designer involved with the design of playground and recreation equipment since 1984. Involved with the writing of both the CSA playground standard and other international Standards. Executive member of IPA Canada (International Association for the Child's Right to Play). Playground Inspector since 2000.


              Upon completion of the program and achievement of a passing grade in the written examinations the participant will be registered by the Ontario Parks Association as a Playground Practitioner and thereby qualified to inspect playgrounds. 


              The OPA Registered Playground Practitioner Program is recognized as a playground safety course for inspectors by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.


              Attendees are required to purchase a copy of the new CSA Z614-14 Standard. The test at the end of the course is open book so attendees will need their own copy (sharing books is not permitted). Attendees can choose to either use the PDF version and bring it on their tablet or other electronic device (so long as they can turn off the use of internet / text messaging for the test as any use of outside sources is considered cheating and will not receive a passing grade) or the hard copy of the book. Books can be purchased at the CSA Online Shop 

              (https://store.csagroup.org/ccrz__ProductDetails?viewState=DetailView&cartID=&portalUser=&store=&cclcl=en_US&sku=CAN%2FCSA-Z614-14 )

               


              DATE:

              October 28th - November 1st, 2019 (Please note the Thursday of this training falls on Halloween) 



              TIME:
              Monday - Thursday 8:00am to 5:00pm
              Friday 8:00am - 3:00pm

              LOCATION:

              East Gwillimbury Sports Complex ~ Ontario Loft
              1914B Mt. Albert Road 
              Sharon, ON L0G 1V0

              Practical location is within a 5 minute walk


              The course will start promptly at 8:00am each day.



              COST:

              OPA Members: $1,268.00

              Non-Members: $1,498.00


              PLEASE NOTE: meals are not provided at this training session. Attendees will be required to bring their own lunch, coffee and snacks. 

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