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Looking for a little light reading? OPA will keep you up-to-date with articles and magazines that relate to the parks and recreation industry!

Invasive Plant Species

How well do you know your invasive species? Several organization have come together to create this pocket book to help you identify potentially dangerous invasive species.

To download a copy of this guide, click here.

Grow Me Instead by Ontario Invasive Plant Council

This guide will help you to identify invasive garden plants and provides you with suitable native or non-native, non-invasive alternatives.

To download a copy of this guide, click here.

Native Species

Need some help choosing native species for your garden? Check out this card flip book created by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority listing native plant species for every garden type!

Tor download a copy of this flip book, click here

"Greening Your Grounds" by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

TRCA has created a new guide to making the most of the rain that falls on your property! Click here to order your own copy of this amazing resource.

Toronto Star reports, "Trees in urban areas may help reduce risk of asthma attacks" - New UK research suggests that the risk of asthma attacks in polluted urban areas can be reduced if the area also includes plenty of trees.

Click here to read the full article

The Chief Public Health Officer's Report on the state of public health in Canada 2017 - Designing Healthy Living

A message from Canada's Chief Public Health Officer:

Without being aware of it, our neighbourhoods and how they are built influence how healthy we are.

I chose designing healthy living as the topic for my first report as Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer because of the tremendous potential that changing our built environment has for helping Canadians live healthier lives.

Click here to read the full report.

Living Architecture Monitor Magazine

Check out the Vertical Stormwater Management issue of the Living Architecture Monitor magazine.


Download your copy of the new issue of STIHL PROLINE today -  Fall 2017 STIHL PROLINE.

Lyme Disease Resource Kit

The Lyme Disease Stakeholder Resource Group has developed a Lyme disease resource tool kit to help you and your staff stay safe from ticks this summer. 

Download your resource kit by clicking the following links: 8.5" x 11" poster11" x 17" posterfact sheetstory and PowerPoint presentation.

Ontario Parks Association Publications:

OPA has been producing The Green Sward since 1969. Want to re-read your favourite Green Sward articles? Or look at pictures from back in the day? Email OPA and we will send you a PDF!

Members can check out the Green Sward online in the Members Only section. 

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