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Where, oh where, oh where should we go? 

We had such a great time at this year's Annual Equipment Education Golf Forum that we can't wait to begin planning next year's big event. Do you know of a golf course in your municipality that you think we should check out for our 6th annual golf event? If so, please let us know! Email: opa@ontarioparksassociation.ca. Your input is greatly appreciated!!

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Want to host an ISA Tree Climbing Championship?? 

The International Society of Arboriculture, Ontario Chapter (ISAO) holds the Ontario Tree Climbing Championship (OTCC) in a different host location throughout Ontario every year. 

The OTCC Organizing Committee is looking for future locations to hold this very exciting competition. This event is free to the general public and offers fun for the whole family. If your municipality or community is interested in hosting a future OTCC event, please email info@isaontario.com for a list of the ISAO’s OTCC Host Site Requirements. The OTCC Committee would be happy to visit the proposed site(s) to evaluate the trees and park amenities. 

 

If you would like more information on this event, visit the ISA Ontario website at www.isaontario.com/ or contact the committee chair Julie Tucker at

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You are invited!!

What:   Yardstick Project Information Session

When:  Monday, October 27, 2014

Where: City of Richmond Hill, Operations Centre - 1200 Elgin Mills Road East, Richmond Hill

Time:    9:00 AM to Noon

Who:    All Parks and Open Space Managers / Recreation Facility Managers / Parks and Facility Asset Managers

Cost:     FREE!

RSVP:  Just send a quick email that says, "I will be attending the Yardstick Information session" to  opa@ontarioparksassociation.ca

Click here to download your invitation and find out more about the October 27th session and why you should attend.

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Yardstick Parkcheck Project Download your copy of the August 2014 Yardstick Parkcheck Newsletter. Membership for the 2015 project is now open. Learn more about this exciting project and how it can benefit your municipality! 

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OPA Back in the Day! 
Lets take a look back through OPA's history together! Check out the OPA Facebook Page for new pictures every week!
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Partner Programs

Turf Managers' Short Course January 26 to February 20, 2014. To learn more about this University of Guelph training session, click here (you will be redirected to the U of G website). 

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Smart About Salt Training 

The Smart About Salt Council is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting freshwater from winter salt applied around facilities. Their innovative training program focuses on ways to improve winter salting practices on facility grounds.  This training program has been developed specifically for Owner/ Operators and their staff of winter contracting companies who apply salt, plow or shovel snow around facilities.   

When you apply what you learn at a Smart About Salt training program, you will have the skills to be more efficient with your salt, along with the tools to reduce your liability and maintenance costs.  

If you are an Owner/ Operator, meaning you own or work for a winter contracting company, apply salt, plow or shovel snow around facilities then Register Here for the Smart About Salt Operator Training Program. 

If you are a Facility Manager, meaning you supervise contractors or staff who apply salt around your facility or you manage winter maintenance contracts for your property, then you want to Register Here for the Smart About Salt Facility Manager Training Program.

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GTI Field Day & Industry Networking Event  Thursday, October 9, 2014

9:30 am - 12:00 noon
Guelph Turfgrass Institute
Lunch/Golf Networking Event
12:00 Lunch - 1:00 Shotgun Start
Victoria Park Valley Golf Club


New format field day with morning research plot tours, an opportunity to meet current University of Guelph turf students and an afternoon lunch/golf networking event at Victoria Park Valley Golf Club. Registration for the research field day is free - please visit the GTI Field Day Event Page for more information and to confirm your free ticket to help us with planning. You may also register by email (gti@uoguelph.ca) or phone (519-824-4120 ext 52784).

The optional lunch and golf industry networking event costs $50 (payable to Victoria Park Valley GC) and includes lunch, golf and cart. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation to support future turfgrass research. To register for the lunch/golf networking event at Victoria Park Valley GC, please call the Pro Shop at 519-821-1441

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Current Job Postings

24 Sep 2014 • Township of Tiny
13 Oct 2014 • Town of Georgina


Upcoming Events

20 Oct 2014 8:00 AM • Milton Sports Centre - Optimist Room
14 Nov 2014 8:00 AM • 3100 Conroy Road - Training Room (City of Ottawa building), Ottawa, ON
25 Nov 2014 8:00 AM • 129 Glidden Road – Fire Training Rooms B1 and B2 (downstairs, adjoining rooms), Brampton, ON
27 Nov 2014 8:00 AM • 501 Clark Ave West, Thornhill ON
03 Dec 2014 8:30 AM • Landscape Ontario Building, Hemlock Room, 7856 5th Line South · RR4, Milton · Ontario · L9T 2X8


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Email: shelley@ontarioparksassociation.ca or training@ontarioparksassociation.ca


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