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    • 09 Jun 2020
    • 8:30 AM (EDT)
    • 10 Jun 2020
    • 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • Town of Saugeen Shores ~ The Plex - 600 Tomilinson Drive Port Elgin, ON N0H 2C0
    • 12

    POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19


    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: June 9 & 10, 2020
    TIME: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm both days
    LOCATION:
    The Plex
    600 Tomilinson Drive
    Port Elgin, ON N0H 2C0


    OUTDOOR LOCATION: 345 Concession Rd. 10, Port Elgin, ON 


    COURSE COST:

    OPA Member: $416.00

    Potential Member: $653.00


    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.

    • 11 Jun 2020
    • (EDT)

    An Important Message From Our
    OPA Foundation Board of Directors

    We are sorry to advise that we have had to cancel this year's Dave Gower Memorial Event. We held out as long as we could in making this decision, hoping that we would be able to see the light at the end of the COVD-19 tunnel, but as that path is not yet clear, we decided it was time to make this difficult call.

    As you know, the OPA Foundation provides financial assistance to future parks professionals through their annual Scholarship & Bursary Awards Program. The Dave Gower Memorial Event is the Foundation's main fundraiser, providing the finances that fuel this very important program. Despite the fact that we have had to cancel our fundraiser, the Foundation Board of Directors have unanimously agreed to proceed with the awards program this year. "Growing Green Professionals" is the Foundation's tagline, so making the call to continue with the awards was an easy and obvious choice for us. We want to do our part to help students who may be impacted financially by COVID-19 to still afford to attend school this fall. We want to continue to do our part to ensure that our future is full of educated and driven green professionals who will help us continue to meet OPA's mandate of Protecting Tomorrow Today®!

    Many of you have supported our fundraising efforts year after year by attending our Dave Gower Event, either as a golfer or a sponsor. For that we are extremely grateful! Although we will not be able to gather together to enjoy a day on the golf course this year, we are hoping that you might perhaps consider making a financial donation to the Foundation in lieu of the registration fee that you would otherwise have paid.

    As a golfer you would typically receive a $40 donation receipt after the golf event, with the balance of your golf registration fee having gone toward the event expenses. As a sponsor your fee would have provided you a variety of different possible perks, one of them being recognition as a sponsor. To thank you for your financial support at this time, we will be issuing tax receipts for any donation over $20. We will also include your name/municipality name/company name in the Green Sward and on our website as a thank you for generously supporting our 2020 Awards Program.

    If you would like to make a donation to the OPA Foundation, please email Shelley (shelley@ontarioparksassociation.ca) the following information:

    • Name
    • Company name (if applicable)
    • Donor name you would like to appear on the Foundation web page and in the Green Sward
    • Mailing address for donation receipt
    • Amount of donation

    We sincerely appreciate any financial contribution you could make to help offset the cost of the financial awards that will be distributed to deserving students this year. Every little bit helps, and will no doubt be gratefully received by our 2020 award recipients.

    Thank you.

    Vic Hergott
    Chair, OPA Foundation Board of Directors


    • 22 Jun 2020
    • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online
    • 14
    Register

    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. 

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    This is a hybrid online version of our program. This means, it will be partially self study, partially done through video conference. You will receive the materials for the course to read through on your own prior to the video conference. Then you will receive a video conference link to meet with your class and instructor for your full day in-class and test.

    Video Conference Date: June 22, 2020

    TIME: 8:30am - 4:30pm

    Location: Online (links will be emailed to you after registration)

    Course Cost:
    OPA Member Price: $416.00 
    Potential Member Price: $653.00


    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).

    • 23 Jun 2020
    • 8:30 AM (EDT)
    • 24 Jun 2020
    • 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville ~ 5-2 Firehall - 15400 ON-48, Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON L4A 7X4
    • 13

    POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19

    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 23 & 24, 2020

    TIME: 8:30am - 4:30pm

    LOCATION: 5-2 Firehall  ~ Training Room, 15400 ON-48. Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON L4A 7X4

    SPRAY PAD PRACTICAL SITE:  Coultice Park14769 Ninth Line,Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON L4A 7X3

    Course Costing:

    • OPA Member Price: $416.00 
    • Potential Member Price: $653.00

    ***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).

    • 25 Jun 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Google Meetings - Link to be provided closer to meeting date
    Register

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

     

    When:      Thursday,  June 25, 2020

    Location:   We will be meeting virtually, with a link to join us being provided to registrants closer to the meeting date.

    June 25 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

    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, 2018. These documents will be put forward at the AGM for approval so please ensure you review them prior to the meeting.

    There is no cost to attend the Annual General Meetings but please register to attend so we can be sure you receive the link to join us on Thursday, June 25th.

    • 22 Sep 2020
    • 8:30 AM (EDT)
    • 23 Sep 2020
    • 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • Township of West Lincoln ~ West Lincoln Arena & Community Centre - 177 West Street Smithville, ON L0R 2A0
    • 19
    Register

    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 22 & 23, 2020

    TIME: 8:30am - 4:30pm

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

    SPRAY PAD PRACTICAL SITE:  On Site

    Course Costing:
    OPA Member Price: $416.00 
    Potential Member Price: $653.00

    ***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).


    • 29 Sep 2020
    • 8:30 AM (EDT)
    • 30 Sep 2020
    • 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • City of Woodstock ~ Cowan Sportsplex - 895 Ridgewood Drive, Woodstock, ON N4S 7W2
    • 14
    Register

    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 29 & 30, 2020
    TIME: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm both days
    INDOOR LOCATION: Cowan Sports Plex, 895 Ridgewood Drive Woodstock, ON N4S 7W2

    OUTDOOR LOCATION: Shanna Larsen Park ~ 48 Upper Thames, Woodstock, ON N4S 7W2 


    COURSE COST:

    OPA Member: $416.00

    Potential Member: $653.00


    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

    • 05 Oct 2020
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • 06 Oct 2020
    • 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • City of Cambridge ~ Hespeler Memorial Arena - 640 Ellis Road, Cambridge, ON N3C 4N1
    • 14
    Register

    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 employees 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
    • Invasive Species
    • Best Practices
    • Equipment Types & Operation
    • CVOR
    • Fuel Handling

    This course is worth 2 credits towards the Parks Practitioner Designation Program.


    Date: October 5 & 6 , 2020

    Time: 8:00am to 4:30pm

    Location: City of Cambridge - Hespeler Memorial Arena - Meeting Room,  640 Ellis RoadCambridge, ON N3C 4N1


    Course Cost: 

    OPA Member Rate: $416.00

    Potential Member Rate: $653.00

     

    Please ensure CSA approved safety boots are worn to this course.


    • 19 Oct 2020
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • 23 Oct 2020
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Town of Whitby Operations Building - 333 McKinney Drive Whitby, ON L1R 3M2
    • 24
    Register

    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 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 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=&sku=CAN/CSA-Z614-14&isCSRFlow=true&portalUser=&store=&cclcl=en_US )

     


    DATE: October 19th - 23rd, 2020 

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

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

    Practical location: McKinney Park (formerly known as Folkstone Park) is a 5 min walk from the classroom.

    Cost:

    • OPA Members: $1,306.00
    • Non-Members: $1,543.00


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

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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