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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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Upcoming events

    • 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. ASSEMBLE YOUR DOCUMENTS PACKAGE

    Once the online registration is complete, please assemble and submit the following documents package and send 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 Feb 2019
    • 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel and Conference Centre 3063 South Service Road, Burlington, ON L7N 3E9
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    VENDOR TABLE TOP DISPLAYS

     SOLD OUT ~ Thank you for your support!!

    Event Date:       Thursday, February 28th, 2019
    Event Location: Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel and Conference Centre - 3063 South Service Road, Burlington, ON L7N 3E9

    OPA Member Fees - Registration opens to members only on December 3rd.
    • OPA Member Early Bird Rate: $535 (Register by January 16th)
    • OPA Member Late Bird Rate:  $575

    Potential Member Fees - Registration opens to potential members January 3rd.

    • Potential Member Early Bird Rate: $575 (Register by January 31st)
    • Potential Member Late Bird Rate:  $615

    (Please note above price includes buffet breakfast and lunch for one. Meal tickets for additional representatives can be purchased when registering. All company representatives attending must be registered.)

    Event Schedule and Details (please click link)

    Details: Twenty-two 4' tables will be set up around the insider perimeter of our meeting room, creating an intimate networking opportunity for vendors and parks professionals. Time will be allotted prior to the official start of the day and during breaks throughout the day for event attendees to meet and chat with vendors. Showcase your products and services to industry professionals from across Ontario. Create new relationships. Re-connect with existing customers.

    Table Top Selection - Please review the current table reservations list below to determine which tables are available, then refer to the master floor plan to select your top 3 preferred table locations - you will need this information to register. Please note that some of the table numbers have changed from last year - please be sure to check the master floor plan before selecting your tables. Tables are allocated on a first-come first-served basis, your table number will be confirmed via separate email once your registration has been processed.


    Current table reservations: 
    Table 1 - Bannerman Limited
    Table 2 - ABC Recreation
    Table 3 - Turf Care Products Canada Limited
    Table 4 - Practica Ltd.
    Table 5 - BrettYoung Seeds
    Table 6 - Allturf Ltd.
    Table 7 - Colvoy Enterprises 2012 Ltd
    Table 8 -  Molok North America
    Table 9 - Hutcheson Sand & Mixes
    Table 10 - Mar-Co Products Ltd.
    Table 11 - Simplistic Lines Inc.
    Table 12 - Earthscape Play
    Table 13 - Sutera
    Table 14 - New World Park Solutions Inc.
    Table 15 - Everplay Installations
    Table 16 - Sheridan Nurseries
    Table 17 - DLF Pickseed Canada
    Table 18 - Openspace Solutions Inc.
    Table 19 - Sports Turf International Ltd
    Table 20 - Henderson Recreation Equipment Ltd.
    Table 21 - G.C. Duke Equipment
    Table 22 - PlayPower LT Canada Inc.

    • 28 Feb 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel and Conference Centre 3063 South Service Road, Burlington, ON L7N 3E9
    • 0
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    Delegate Registration

    Join us at our 63rd Annual Parks Education Forum for a day of education, recognition, and networking with other parks professionals and industry vendors. 

    Event Date: Thursday February 28th, 2019

    Event Location: Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel and Conference Centre - 3063 South Service Road, Burlington, ON L7N 3E9


    Event Schedule and Details: To see the event schedule, meet our presenters and read about the education sessions, please click here.


    Attendee Cost:

    Early Bird Rates (Register before January 31st)
    OPA Member: $165.00
    Potential Member: $195.00
    Members Save: $30.00

    Late Bird Rates (Register after February 1st)
    OPA Member: $200.00
    Potential Member: $230.00
    Members Save: $30.00



    Luncheon & Awards Ceremony ONLY: $55.00


    Note: The above fees are HST free.


    Interested in have a table top display at our mini trade show? Click here


    Interested in being an event sponsor? Click here
    • 28 Feb 2019
    • 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    • Holiday Inn, Burlington, ON
    • 1
    Register

    Sponsorship Opportunities


    Event Date: Thursday, February 28th, 2019
    Event Location: Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel and Conference Centre, 3063 South Service Road, Burlington, ON L7N 3E9

    Education Session Sponsor - $400 (4 available) - Sponsored by Central Precast

    Benefits Include:

    • 1 Complimentary Pass to the Forum and Awards Luncheon 
    • Company Promotional Material in Participant Swag Bag
    • Recognition in Promotional Materials and at Event
    • Company Name in Green Sward
    • Company Name on OPA Website with Link

    Awards Luncheon Sponsors- $300 - Sponsored by Communities in Bloom

    Benefits Include:

    • 1 Complimentary Pass to the Forum and Awards Luncheon 
    • Company Promotional Material in Participant Swag Bag
    • Recognition in Promotional Materials and at Event
    • Company Name in Green Sward
    • Company Name on OPA Website with Link


    Breakfast Sponsors - $200 - Sponsored by Henderson Recreation Equipment Ltd. and Vanco Farms Ltd.

    Benefits Include:

    • Recognition in Promotional Materials and at Event
    • Company Name in Green Sward
    • Company Name on OPA Website with Link

    Note:  All prices are HST free.

    Event Schedule and Details: Click here to meet our presenters and read about the education sessions


    Interested in having a table top display at the Education Forum?  Click here to be redirected to the Vendor Table Top Display registration page

     

    • 01 Apr 2019
    • 7:30 AM
    • 02 Apr 2019
    • 3:30 PM
    • City of Woodstock~ Cowan Park - 895 Ridgewood Drive, Woodstock, ON N4T 0A6
    • 9
    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:

    April 1 & 2, 2019


    Time:

    7:30am to 3:30pm


    In-Class Location:

    Cowan Park
    895 Ridgewood Drive
    Woodstock, ON N4T 0A6

    Outdoor Location (6 minute drive):  Lion’s Trail entrance ~ 51 Bexley Street, Woodstock, ON N4S 5X7

    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) .

    • 08 Apr 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 12 Apr 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • City of Cambridge ~ Hespeler Memorial Arena - 640 Ellis Rd, Cambridge, ON N3C 4N1
    • 12
    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 

    http://shop.csa.ca/en/canada/injury-prevention/cancsa-z614-14/invt/27019532014&bklist=icat,5,shop,publications,publicsafety,injuryprevention )

     


    DATE:

    April 8, 2019 - April 12, 2019



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

    LOCATION:

    Hespeler Memorial Arena ~ The Meeting Room
    640 Ellis Road
    Cambridge, ON N3C 4N1

    PRACTICAL LOCATION ON SITE


    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. 

    • 17 Apr 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • City of Barrie ~ City of Barrie Operations 165 Ferndale Dr. North Barrie, ON L4N 9V9
    • 25
    Register
    TRAIN THE TRAINER WORKSHOP

    This one day Train the Trainer Workshop will teach attendees how to prepare for and execute presentations and training sessions. This course focuses on adult learning techniques and meeting the needs of your trainees. 


    This course will cover:

    • Preparation for presentations
    • Communication and presentation tips
    • How to teach theory and practical application
    • How to handle difficult behaviour
    • Challenge management
    • Engaging your attendees
    • How to conduct theory and practical testing
    • Handling question and answer periods
    • How to stay on time 
    • Wrapping up training sessions

    DATE: April 17, 2019
    TIME: 8:00am to 4:00pm

    LOCATION: 
    City of Barrie Operations - Conference Room #1
    165 Ferndale Dr. North
    Barrie, ON L4N 9V9


    COST:

    OPA Member: $247.80 per person

    Potential OPA Member: $345.90 per person


    **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. 


    • 24 Apr 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Township of Guelph/Eramosa ~ Royal Distributing Athletic Performance Centre ~ Learning Room - 7384 Wellington Road 30, Guelph, ON N1H 6J2
    • 11
    Register

    IRRIGATION TECHNICIAN WORKSHOP


    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.

    Topics that will be covered:

    • 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 onsite demonstrations

    DATE: April 24, 2019

    TIME: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM 

    LOCATION:
    Royal Distributing Athletic Performance Centre ~ Learning Room 
    7384 Wellington Rd. 30
    Guelph, ON N1H 6J2


    Outdoor location: On Site

    COST:
    OPA Member: $247.80 per person
    Potential Member: $345.90 per person

    Lunch is not provided at this workshop, please bring a bagged lunch. Please wear closed toe shoes to this workshop.


    • 01 May 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Town of Ingersoll ~ Victoria Park Community Centre - 355 Wellington St, Ingersoll, ON N5C 1T2
    • 23
    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: May 1, 2019
    Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm

    Location:
    Victoria Park Community Centre   
    355 Wellington St
    Ingersoll, ON N5C 1T2  

    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. 

    • 06 May 2019
    • 7:30 AM
    • 07 May 2019
    • 3:30 PM
    • Whitewater Region Municipal Office - Community Hall - 44 Main Street, Cobden, ON K0J 1K0
    • 2
    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:

    May 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) .

    • 08 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • City of Hamilton ~ Morgan Firestone Arena - 385 Jerseyville Rd W, Ancaster, ON L9G 3L5
    • 24
    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: May 8, 2019
    Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

    Location:
    Morgan Firestone Arena   
    385 Jerseyville Rd W
    Ancaster, ON L9G 3L5  

    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 May 2019
    • 8:30 AM
    • 14 May 2019
    • 4:30 PM
    • City of Windsor~ Gino and Liz Marcus Community Complex - 1168 Drouillard Road, Windsor, ON N8Y 2R1
    • 11
    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 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: May 13 & 14, 2019

    TIME: 8:30am - 4:30pm

    LOCATION: City of Windsor

    Gino and Liz Marcus Community Complex
    1168 Drouillard Road
    Windsor, ON N8Y 2R1

    SPRAY PAD PRACTICAL SITE: Gary Dugal Park 

    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).


    • 15 May 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Township of Woolwich ~ Woolwich Memorial Centre - 24 Snyder Avenue South Elmira, ON N3B 1K8
    • 21
    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: May 15, 2019
    Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm

    Location:
    Woolwich Memorial Centre ~ Community Centre   
    24 Snyder Ave. South
    Elmira, ON N3B 1K8  

    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. 

    • 15 May 2019
    • 8:30 AM
    • 16 May 2019
    • 4:30 PM
    • Niagara Parks Commission ~ School of Horticulture - 2565 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, Ontario, L2E 6T2
    • 6
    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: May 15 & 16, 2019
    TIME: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm both days
    LOCATION:
    Niagara Parks School of Horticulture
    2565 Niagara Parkway
    Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6T2
    OUTDOOR LOCATION: Queenston High Park ( 5 minute drive from in-class location)

    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.
    • 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
    • 6
    Register

    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). 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).

    • 03 Jun 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 04 Jun 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • City of Hamilton ~Joe Sam's Leisure Park ~ Operations Shop - 752 Centre Road, Hamilton, ON L8N 2Z7
    • 6
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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 3 & 4, 2019


    Time:

    8:00am to 4:00pm


    In-Class Location:

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

    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) .

    • 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
    • 3
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    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

        • 12 Jun 2019
        • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
        • City of Kawartha Lakes ~ OPS Community Centre Facility - 2569 Hwy 7 Lindsay, ON K9V 4R4
        • 20
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        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
        • 3
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        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, 2018

        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).


        • 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
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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 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) .

        • 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
        • 27
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        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 

        http://shop.csa.ca/en/canada/injury-prevention/cancsa-z614-14/invt/27019532014&bklist=icat,5,shop,publications,publicsafety,injuryprevention )

         


        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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