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    • 10 Dec 2020
    • 3:00 PM (EST)
    • 31 Jan 2021
    • 11:55 PM (EST)
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    Ontario Parks Association takes great pride in taking time each year to recognize and celebrate the individuals, groups and companies whose work has significantly impacted our parks, the profession, and our environment in a positive way.

    Do you know an individual, group or company who shows their passion for our parks, open spaces and/or environment in the work that they do, people who have worked to raise awareness of our parks, or had a significant impact on the betterment of our parks or the environment, or a staff member or team who has gone above and beyond in serving our industry? If so, show your appreciation for their dedication to our industry by nominating them for one of the Ontario Parks Association's Protecting Tomorrow Today®Awards. 

    Every member of OPA is entitled to submit nominations for any one or more of these awards. Deadline for nomination forms is January 31st. Nominees will be assessed by a selection committee comprised of members of our Board of Directors.

    Please see below for a list of the available awards, and the information you will need to complete your nomination form.

    Thank you for helping us celebrate the accomplishments of those who are helping us meet our mandate of Protecting Tomorrow Today®.

    Recognition Categories

    The following categories are open to any individual/group:

    Community Engagement – This award recognizes an individual or group who have raised awareness of our parks, open spaces and/or environment in their local municipality through the development and/or implementation of community engagement activities.

    Environmental Impact - Awarded to an individual or organization whose contributions have had a significant impact on the betterment of our parks, the profession, or the environment in Ontario.

    Urban Design - Recognizing architects, landscape architects, urban designers, planners, developers, builders and other individuals responsible for the design of municipal parks, public spaces, streetscapes, and urban intensification projects that have a focus on protecting our environment through the use of sustainable green infrastructure innovations and technologies.

    The following categories are open to OPA members only:

    Parks Champion - Celebrating a staff member or team who have demonstrated a passion for the environment by: 1) going above and beyond - exhibiting a high level of commitment, initiative, cooperation, and dedication in their job responsibilities; or 2) impacting their municipality through new and innovative green strategies and mentorship.

    President’s Award – Recognizing an individual or organization who has made a significant contribution to the Ontario Parks Association over a period of years.

    Lifetime Achievement Award - This citation is the highest honour presented by OPA and is presented to an individual who, over a period of at least 10 years, has made exceptional contributions to the parks and open space industry and to the Association, contributing significantly to the good and welfare of the Association.

    Information required to complete the nomination form:

    • Your name and contact details
    • Nominee's name and email address
    • The applicable recognition category (i.e. Community Engagement, Environmental Impact, Urban Design, Parks Champion, President’s Award, Lifetime Achievement). 
    • Reason for the nomination - You will be asked to list the achievements of the nominee, keeping in mind the award description. You are encouraged to include supporting documents (i.e. photos, newspaper clippings, etc.) when submitting your completed form. In the case of an individual, please provide a brief biography that includes occupation and any pertinent personal data.

    Once you are ready to proceed with your nomination just click the green "Register" button in the column to the left.

    • 15 Dec 2020
    • (EST)
    • 28 May 2021
    • 11:59 PM (EDT)
    • OPA Foundation
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    The OPA Foundation has established a scholarship and bursary award program to provide financial support to students studying in parks, forestry, horticulture, landscaping, conservation, or an environmental resource management field, whose goals are aligned with those of the Foundation and the Ontario Parks Association: “Ontario Parks Association (OPA) is committed to civic beautification, the advancement, protection and conservation of parks, open space and the environment as we practice 'Protecting Tomorrow Today' in the province of Ontario.”

    For detailed information on the available awards please visit the OPA Foundation section of our website. Applications are due by midnight on the last Friday of May.

    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, and all decisions made by the Selection Committee are considered final. Please note that incomplete applications will result in disqualification. Applicants need only submit one application, the Selection Committee will match students with the award they deem to be the most fitting based on student's qualifications and the award criteria.

    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, 60 Water Street North, Cambridge, ON N1R 3B1). 

    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, but no later than May 31stWebsite 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. 

    • 11 Feb 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EST)
    • Online
    • 9
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    In keeping with best practices, all Playground Practitioners registered with Ontario Parks Association are required to attend an update course when a new Z614: Children's playspaces and equipment standard is released by CSA. A new standard is released approximately every 5 years. If you wish to remain an OPA Registered Playground Practitioner in good standing you are required to take part in this half day update and pass the course test.


    Prerequisite: You MUST be a current RPP with OPA to attend this course. Your status will be confirmed prior to invoicing. If you are not a current RPP,  you will be notified and your registration will be cancelled.


    This course will review the recent changes to the CSA Z614:20 standard. Attendees will receive a wallet size card stating that they have attended the update and are still a current RPP with OPA. 


    Prior to attending the training, attendees are required to purchase a copy of the new CSA Z614:20 standard. The test at the end of the course is open book so attendees will need their own copy of the standard (sharing books with other class participants is not permitted). Attendees can choose to use either a hard copy of the book or an electronic PDF version which can be accessed 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). Books can be purchased at the CSA Online Shop.


    DATE: February 11, 2021

    TIME: 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM

    LOCATION: Online -  Google Meet


    COURSE COST

    OPA Member: $200.00

    OPA Potential Member: $250.00


    This course counts as 1 credit towards your Parks Practitioner Designation.


    Register above online. An invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can be made online through the invoice you will receive or via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).

    Click here to read our registration policies.

    • 23 Feb 2021
    • 8:00 AM (EST)
    • 24 Feb 2021
    • 4:30 PM (EST)
    • Online - Google Meet
    • 0
    Join waitlist

    Working safely in a parks environment requires a comprehensive understanding of the tasks at hand and the equipment designed to effectively and efficiently perform the work. Today’s parks and open space practitioners must be able to function in various capacities. 


    This two-day course is designed to help enhance the competencies of both new and seasoned employees, while setting the right foundation blocks for those being introduced to the world of green space maintenance and management. Participants will be introduced to industry best practices, equipment, health and safety in the workplace and liability of the employee or municipality. Participants will also practice documentation and learn legislative requirements for protecting the municipality.


    This course will cover:

    • Legislation (OH&S, Bill C-45, WHMIS)
    • Personal Safety (potential hazards, PPE)
    • Accident Investigation & Documentation *Case Study and Assignment*
    • Invasive Species
    • Best Practices
    • Equipment Types & Operation
    • CVOR
    • Fuel Handling

    This course includes a mandatory assignment and a 30 minute quiz at the end of day 2.


    DATE: February 23 and 24, 2020

    TIME: 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM

    LOCATION: Online - Google Meet


    COURSE COST
    OPA Member: $416.00
    OPA Potential Member: $653.00


    This course counts as 2 credits towards your Parks Practitioner Designation.


    Register above online. An invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can be made online through the invoice you will receive or via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).


    Click here to read our registration policies.

    • 16 Mar 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Online - Google Meet
    • 11
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    OPA is excited to announce that we will offer our Book 7 Training course online for 2021, as a half-day webinar. 

    Are you or your staff aware that if you block a lane of traffic to conduct your activities, you are required by law to take specific actions? The OPA Book 7 half-day course will give you all the information you need to ensure you are compliant with ministry requirements. You will receive a reference book to help you safely secure your lane so you can proceed with your work in a safe and ministry compliant manner.


    This course will cover:

    • When to apply Book 7 procedures

    • How to draft a traffic layout plan 

    • What personal protective clothing, signage, and pylon placement are required

    • Ontario Health and Safety Regulations


    Required materials: Please purchase a copy of the Book 7 Manual found on the ServiceOntario Publications website.


    DATE: Tuesday, March 16, 2021

    TIME: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM 

    LOCATION: Online - Google Meet


    COURSE COST

    OPA Member: $185.00  

    OPA Potential Member: $285.00


    This course counts as 1 credit towards your Parks Practitioner Designation.


    Register above online. An invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can be made online through the invoice you will receive or via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).


    Click here to read our registration policies.

    • 23 Mar 2021
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • 24 Mar 2021
    • 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online - Google Meet
    • 14
    Register

    Ken Pavely is our sports turf expert, with 4 decades of experience in the industry, and will be leading this workshop online. Sports turf, like soccer fields, golf courses and baseball diamonds, are difficult to maintain, especially with new standards, growing populations and changing weather patterns to consider heading into 2021. This course is designed to equip you with the necessary knowledge and skills to keep them in excellent condition.


    This course will cover: 

    • Challenges, Issues & Trends

    • Benefits of Grass & Sports Turf

    • Soil Types, Functions & Drainage

    • Characteristics & Selection of Grasses

    • Fertilizers & Nutrient Management

    • Cultural & Maintenance Best Practices

    • Plant Health Care & Integrated Pest Management

    • Irrigation & Water Management

    • Overview of Common Sports Facilities

    • Weather & Outdoor Sports

    • Risk Management

    • Equipment Maintenance


    OPA is excited to offer this course online, as a 2 day webinar series! Day 1 will run from 9:00am-12:00pm, and Day 2 will run from 9:00am-12:30pm, allowing 30 minutes at the end of the workshop for you to complete a 30 minute test.


    DATE: March 23 and 24, 2021

    Day 1 - 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM

    Day 2 - 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM to allow for a 30 minute test at the end of the course.

    LOCATION: Online - Google Meet


    COURSE COST

    OPA Member: $255.00

    OPA Potential Member: $356.00


    Special bonus for OPA members:

    Included for OPA members, is Ken’s follow up to provide one-on-one time providing email or phone consulting for your turf related issues.


    This course counts as 1 credit towards the Parks Practitioner Designation.


    Register above online. An invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can be made online through the invoice you will receive or via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).

    Click here to read our registration policies.

    • 12 Apr 2021
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • 16 Apr 2021
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Town of Whitby Operations Building - 333 McKinney Drive Whitby, ON L1R 3M2
    • 0

    POSTPONED UNTIL FALL DUE TO COVID-19


    If you would like to join the waitlist, please email Abby at training@ontarioparksassociation.ca

    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

    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-Z614-20, Children's Playspaces and Equipment, as a base document for the three independent sections of the course. 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


    Upon completion of the program and achievement of a passing grade in the written examination(s) the participant will be registered by Ontario Parks Association as a "Playground Practitioner" and is qualified to inspect playgrounds.

     

    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 - 20 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.


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

    Click here to read our Registration Policies


    COVID-19 Screening:

    Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we are taking steps to reduce the risk of all parties involved in our training programs. Prior to attending training there will be a screening form attendees are required to complete and all attendees and instructors are required to wear face coverings at all times. If you have any of the symptoms below, you may not attend your training session. You will be able to move your registration to a future session when you are symptom free. 

    • New or worsening signs or symptoms such as a cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, hoarse voice, difficulty swallowing, new smell or taste disorders, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, unexplained fatigue/malaise, chills, or headache?
    • Travelled outside of Canada or had close contact with anyone that has travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days
    • A fever?
    • Close contact with anyone with respiratory illness or a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19?
    • Worked in a lab that tests for COVID-19 within the last 14 days
    • Diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days by a lab test or are you


    DATE: POSTPONED

    TIME: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    LOCATION: Town of Whitby Operations Building - 333 McKinney Drive, Whitby, ON L1R 3M2


    COURSE COST

    OPA Member: $1,306.00

    OPA Potential Member: $1,543.00


    Register above online. An invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can be made online through the invoice you will receive or via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).


    Click here to read our registration policies.

    • 21 Apr 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • City of Woodstock ~ Southside Parks Shop - 192 Old Wellington St S, Woodstock, ON N4S 3J3
    • 18

    POSTPONED UNTIL FALL DUE TO COVID-19


    If you would like to join the waitlist, please email Abby at training@ontarioparksassociation.ca


    Ball field's require regular maintenance to keep them looking good and in a safe condition for public use. This program will teach you how to maintain every aspect of your ball field, from home plate to infield through practical hands-on experiences. 


    Through this workshop you will be learning and practicing:

    • Safety Issues
    • Equipment Required
    • Home Plate Maintenance
    • Mound Maintenance
    • Edge and Lip Maintenance
    • Infield Grooming


    This course will be conducted outdoors so proper PPE is mandatory (appropriate outdoor work clothes, steel toed boots, gloves, safety glasses, ear protection etc...).

      DATE: POSTPONED UNTIL FALL

      TIME: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
      LOCATIONSouthside Parks Shop, 192 Old Wellington St S, Woodstock, ON N4S 3J3

      COURSE COST:
      OPA Member Price: $255.00
      Potential Member Price: $356.00

      *Please note that lunch is not provided at this training. We encourage you to bring a bagged lunch and water bottle. 

      Register above online. An invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can be made online through the invoice you will receive or via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).


      Click here to read our registration policies.

      • 26 Apr 2021
      • 8:00 AM (EDT)
      • 29 Apr 2021
      • 5:00 PM (EDT)
      • Morewood Community Hall ~ 17 Russell Street, Morewood, ON K0A 2R0
      • 17

      POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING 2022


      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

      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-Z614-20, Children's Playspaces and Equipment, as a base document for the three independent sections of the course. 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


      Upon completion of the program and achievement of a passing grade in the written examination(s) the participant will be registered by the Ontario Parks Association as a "Playground Practitioner" and is 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 - 20 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.


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

      COVID-19 Screening:

      Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we are taking steps to reduce the

      risk of all parties involved in our training programs. Prior to attending training there will be a screening form attendees are required to complete and all attendees and instructors are required to wear face coverings at all times. If you have any of the symptoms below, you may not attend your training session. You will be able to move your registration to a future session when you are symptom free. 

      • New or worsening signs or symptoms such as a cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, hoarse voice, difficulty swallowing, new smell or taste disorders, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, unexplained fatigue/malaise, chills, or headache?
      • Travelled outside of Canada or had close contact with anyone that has travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days
      • A fever?
      • Close contact with anyone with respiratory illness or a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19?
      • Worked in a lab that tests for COVID-19 within the last 14 days
      • Diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days by a lab test or are you


      DATE: POSTPONED

      TIME: 8:00 PM to 5:00 PM

      LOCATION: Morewood Community Hall ~ 17 Russell Street, Morewood, ON K0A 2R0


      COURSE COST

      OPA Member: $1,306.00

      OPA Potential Member: $1,543.00


      Register above online. An invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can be made online through the invoice you will receive or via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).

      Click here to read our registration policies.

      • 28 Apr 2021
      • 8:00 AM (EDT)
      • 29 Apr 2021
      • 4:00 PM (EDT)
      • Harrison Park ~ 75 2nd Ave E, Owen Sound, ON N4K 5T2
      • 12

      POSTPONED UNTIL FALL DUE TO COVID-19


      If you would like to join the waitlist, please email Abby at training@ontarioparksassociation.ca


      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


      Participants are required to have a CSA approved hard hat, safety glasses, closed toe safety shoes/boots, and gloves. It is also recommended that the participant bring with them the following equipment to allow the opportunity for it to be integrated into the course and suit the specific needs/wants and desires of the participants.
      • 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. 

      DATE: POSTPONED

      TIME: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

      LOCATION: Harrison Park ~ 75 2nd Ave E, Owen Sound, ON N4K 5T2 


      COURSE COST

      OPA Member: $416.00

      OPA Potential Member: $653.00


      *Please note that lunch will not be provided at this training. We encourage you to bring a bagged lunch and reusable water bottle with you for both days.

      This course counts as 2 credits towards your Parks Practitioner Designation.

      Register above online. An invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can be made online through the invoice you will receive or via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).

      Click here to read our registration policies.

      • 28 Apr 2021
      • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
      • City of London
      • 25

      POSTPONED UNTIL FALL DUE TO COVID-19


      If you would like to join the waitlist, please email Abby at training@ontarioparksassociation.ca


      This one-day Irrigation Workshop has been designed specifically for our front line parks staff, addressing irrigation issues as they pertain to parks and sports fields. The morning session will take place in-class, with the afternoon session consisting of outdoor demonstrations.


      This course will cover: 

      • Irrigation service spring and fall
      • Service and repairs with demonstrations
      • Irrigation controls 
      • New technologies - wireless soil monitoring, weather-based control and central control
      • A full afternoon of outdoor on-site demonstrations

      DATE: POSTPONED

      TIME: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM

      LOCATION: City of London


      COURSE COST
      OPA Member: $255.00 
      OPA Potential Member: $356.00


      Click here to read our registration policies.

      • 26 May 2021
      • 8:00 AM (EDT)
      • 27 May 2021
      • 4:00 PM (EDT)
      • Pinafore Park ~ 95 Elm Street, St. Thomas, ON N5R 1H7
      • 13

      POSTPONED UNTIL FALL DUE TO COVID-19

      If you would like to join the waitlist, please email Abby at training@ontarioparksassociation.ca

      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


      Participants are required to have a CSA approved hard hat, safety glasses, closed toe safety shoes/boots, and gloves. It is also recommended that the participant bring with them the following equipment to allow the opportunity for it to be integrated into the course and suit the specific needs/wants and desires of the participants.
      • 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. 


      DATE: POSTPONED

      TIME: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

      LOCATION: Pinafore Park ~ 95 Elm Street, St. Thomas, ON N5R 1H7

      COURSE COST

      OPA Member: $416.00

      OPA Potential Member: $653.00

      This course counts as 2 credits towards your Parks Practitioner Designation.


      *Please note that lunch will not be provided at this training. We encourage you to bring a bagged lunch and reusable water bottle with you for both days.

      Register above online. An invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can be made online through the invoice you will receive or via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).

      Click here to read our registration policies.

      • 26 May 2021
      • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
      • Joel Steele Community Centre ~ 577 Main Street West, Winchester, ON K0C 2K0
      • 14

      POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING 2022 


      If you would like to join the waitlist, please email Abby at training@ontarioparksassociation.ca


      Ball field's require regular maintenance to keep them looking good and in a safe condition for public use. This program will teach you how to maintain every aspect of your ball field, from home plate to infield through practical hands-on experiences. 


      Through this workshop you will be learning and practicing:

      • Safety issues
      • Equipment required
      • Home plate maintenance
      • Mound maintenance
      • Edge and lip maintenance
      • Infield grooming


      This course is hands-on and will be conducted outdoors, so proper PPE is mandatory (appropriate outdoor work clothes, steel toed boots, gloves, safety glasses, ear protection etc...). If you have any questions, please email Abby at training@ontarioparksassociation.ca.


        DATE: April 26, 2020

        TIME: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM

        LOCATION: Joel Steele Community Centre ~ 577 Main Street West, Winchester, ON K0C 2K0


        COURSE COST
        OPA Member Price: $255.00
        Potential Member Price: $356.00


        This course counts as 1 credit towards your Parks Practitioner Designation.


        *Please note that lunch will not be provided at this training. We encourage you to bring a bagged lunch and reusable water bottle for the day.


        Register above online. An invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can be made online through the invoice you will receive or via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).

        Click here to read our registration policies.

        • 01 Jun 2021
        • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
        • Online - Google Meet
        • 11
        Register

        In 2018, it was estimated that invasive species cost Ontario municipalities and conservation authorities $38.8M. This workshop will look at some of the top offending plant species in Southern and Central Ontario that contributed to that amount. You will be introduced to Best Management Practices (BMP) to help you develop a control strategy for each invasive plant discussed. As well, you will develop identification skills to help correctly identify these invasive species, understand their toxic properties, and the impacts they have on native landscapes.


        This half-day workshop will cover:

        • Phragmites
        • Wild Parsnip
        • Giant Hogweed
        • Buckthorn
        • Garlic Mustard
        • Dog Strangling Vine


        DATE: June 1, 2021
        TIME: 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM

        LOCATION: Online - Google Meet 

        Masks will be required at this event.


        *Please note if COVID-19 conditions do not improve, this event will take place online the same date and time.


        COURSE COST

        OPA Members: $185.00

        Potential OPA Member: $285.00


        *Please note that lunch will not be provided at this training. We encourage you to bring a snack and water bottle.


        This course counts as 1 credit towards your Parks Practitioner Designation.


        Register above online. An invoice will be emailed to you within 24 hours of your registration. Payment can be made online via the link that will be provided in your invoice, or by cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).

        Click here to read our registration policies.

        • 10 Jun 2021
        • (EDT)
        • Heron Point Golf Links - 2787 Dunmark Rd, Alberton, ON L0R 1A0

        2021 OPA FOUNDATION
        DAVE GOWER MEMORIAL EVENT

        SAVE THE DATE!!!

        When:  Thursday, June 10, 2021

        Where:  Heron Point Golf Links - 2787 Dunmark Rd, Alberton, ON L0R 1A0


        What next: Event details to follow in the New Year. Until then, be sure to mark the date on your calendar, and stay tuned to the OPA website and watch your email for OPA eblasts on this fun annual OPA Foundation event!!!!


        REGISTRATION OPENS IN APRIL 2021!!! 

        • 16 Jun 2021
        • 8:30 AM (EDT)
        • 17 Jun 2021
        • 4:30 PM (EDT)
        • West Lincoln Community Centre ~ 177 West Street, Smithville, ON, L0R 2A0
        • 15

        POSTPONED UNTIL FALL DUE TO COVID-19


        If you would like to join the waitlist, please email Abby at training@ontarioparksassociation.ca


        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? Location, required features, surface materials, the Health Act, responsibilities of owners, and water treatment and testing, and more, all need to be considered with the installation of a spray pad.

        With that in mind, Ontario Parks Association has developed a spray pad operations course that will prepare participants to confidently respond to these questions and more. This session is the first of its kind in North America, and has been an exciting addition our training line-up at OPA. This two-day Spray Pad Practitioner program will include both theory and practical, with a visit to a local spray pad and quiz to write at the end of day 2.


        This course will cover:

        • 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, recirculation 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: POSTPONED

        TIME: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

        LOCATION:  West Lincoln Community Centre ~ 177 West Street, Smithville, ON L0R 2A0


        COURSE COST

        OPA Member: $416.00

        OPA Potential Member: $653.00


        *Please note that lunch will not be provided at this training. We encourage you to bring a bagged lunch and water bottle with you for the day.

        This course is worth 2 credits towards your Parks Practitioner Designation.

        Register above online. An invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can be made online through the invoice you will receive or via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).


        Click here to read our registration policies.


        Thank you and we hope to see you there!

      Course Hosting: For your convenience and to help stretch your budget dollars, OPA will bring any of our courses 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 promote your training to neighbouring organizations to fill the course and foster opportunities for networking with other people in the industry. Email us at training@ontarioparksassociation.ca if you are interested in hosting a course.


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