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Spray Pad Practitioner Training Program

  • 24 Sep 2019
  • 8:30 AM
  • 25 Sep 2019
  • 4:30 PM
  • Town of Whitby ~ Elexicon - 100 Taunton Road East Whitby, ON L1R 3L5
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  • Course instructor
  • Available to current OPA Members only.
    Price includes HST
  • Consider joining OPA to receive member benefits.
    Price includes HST


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 24 & 25, 2019

TIME: 8:30am - 4:30pm

LOCATION: Town of Whitby
Elexicon (formally Whitby Hydro) 
100 Taunton Road East
Whitby, ON L1R 3L5 

SPRAY PAD PRACTICAL SITE:  McKinney Park (aka Folkstone Park) ~ 600 metres to the North of the classroom ~ Map from class room to park (10 minute walk)

Parking is available at the Town of Whitby Employee parking lot across the street 333 McKinney Drive ~ Map from Employee parking lot to Elexion Building 

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).

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