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5th Annual OPA Equipment Education and Golf Forum

On September 12th, 2014 OPA will be hosting our 5th Annual Equipment Education and Golf Forum at the beautiful Legends on the Niagara golf course in Niagara Falls.

Registration is open!! 

For more information and to register as a golfer, click here.

To check out our sponsorship opportunities, click here.


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!

2014 Trial Gardens Open House - August 21st Come on out August 21st and view the annual trial 
gardens at the University of Guelph and Landscape 
Ontario. Over 250 different bedding plant cultivars are highlighted and visitors can vote on their favourites. You can see two very different trials at two separate locations. 

**NEW** this year ... Compete in the OPA Municipal Garden Competition!!! 
Click here for contest information and to download a copy of the entry form.

Event times and locations:

Landscape Ontario
10:00 a.m. -12 noon 
(Landscape Ontario office, 7856 
Fifth Line South, Milton)
Irrigated and non-irrigated 
bedding plant trial and the 
Ellepot Plant-off competition. 
PLUS a complimentary lunch 
will be available from 12 noon to 1 p.m.

University of Guelph
2:00 - 4:00 p.m. (University 
of Guelph Trial Garden, 328 
Victoria Rd. S.)

Annual and perennial trials and new 
plant cultivars for 
containers and ground beds. Visitors can also view the 
results of alternative weed 
control trials using Sarritor, 
beet juice, wintergreen oil 
and BT.

If you plan to attend this 
year's event please RSVP Kathleen Pugliese at 
ext. 2309 or by email:

More information on the trial 
gardens is available from 
Rodger Tschanz at rtschanz@uoguelph.ca.


Grey to Green Conference August 25-26, 2014 - Grey to Green Conference, Toronto. This two-day conference focuses on the health benefits of green infrastructure - for our economy, our ecosystem and our community. Grey to Green will bring together leading edge thinkers and doers across a diverse range of fields which reveal the intersection of health and green infrastructure protection and development.

For more information and to register, click here (you will be redirected to the Grey to Green Conference website.


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). 


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.


Current Job Postings

21 Jul 2014 • City of Brantford
24 Jul 2014 • Township of Algonquin Highlands
25 Jul 2014 • Lindsay, Ontario

Upcoming Events

22 Sep 2014 8:00 AM • Jubilee Pavilion in Lakeview Park, 55 Lakeview Park Ave, Oshawa, ON L1J 7Z2
20 Oct 2014 8:00 AM • Milton Sports Centre - Optimist Room

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Phone: 905-864-6182 · Toll Free: 1-866-560-7783 · Fax: 905-864-6184

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

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