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In 2016 we are proud to be

Thank you to all of our members, past and present, for partnering with us in Protecting Tomorrow Today!

A special thank you to all present and past board members who have helped grow and form our wonderful association. (To see photos of some of our past presidents click here.)


The deadline to apply for the OPA Foundation Scholarship & Bursary Awards is fast approaching! If you are, or if you know an Ontario college or university student who is in the process of completing the first year of studies in any phase of public parks work, horticulture or landscaping, conservation, or environmental resource management then you need to check out the OPA Foundation Scholarship & Bursary Awards program. Click here to learn more about the available awards and how to apply. Applications are due Friday, May 27th!! The Foundation has money to share - please help them empty their account!!


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Green Sward Archives

OPA has been producing The Green Sward since 1969. Want to re-read your favourite Green Sward articles? Or look at pictures from back in the day? Email OPA and we will send you a PDF!


Yardstick Parks Project 2016 User Group Meeting Want to learn more about the Yardstick Parks Project - what it's all about, what the results look like, and how it could prove to be of value to your municipality? Attend the 2016 User Group Meeting on Thursday, June 9thNote: There is no cost to attend the User Group Meetingbut registration is necessary for lunch and tour logistics. Please click here to register.


Join us for the Annual General Meetings of the OPA and the OPAF

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the OPA and the Board of Directors of the OPA Foundation you are invited to attend the Annual General Meetings of both associations on Thursday, June 2, 2016. Click here for the schedule for the evening. 


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Working together to promote the value of our green infrastructure throughout Ontario.


Need some help with spring clean up or other landscaping jobs? 

Contact our friends at greenLEF Landscaping. Make your life easier while helping to grow this social enterprise program. It's a win-win partnership! 


Road closure information 

Travelling to our office? Check for road closures so you can plan your route.


Partner Programs

Register to attend this years Grey to Green Conference  - Online registration closes May 29th!

The agenda is jam-packed with fantastic sessions. On Wednesday, June 1st you can attend:

  • Making it Work: How to Properly Construct Low Impact Development Green Infrastructure
  • Introduction to Rooftop Urban Agriculture         Green Walls 101: Systems Overview and Design
  • Green Infrastructure: Policies, Performance and Projects
  • Advanced Green Roof Maintenance      
  • Living Architecture Performance Tool (LAPT) Workshop
And that is just a small sampling of the agenda. Check out all the conference has to offer and register online to save 10% on walk-in rates.

Can't attend the Grey to Green Conference in person? You canpurchase the Live Webcast so you don't miss out on the presentations.


Communities in Bloom 2016 Provincial Awards Ceremonies Saturday, September 17, 2016 at the Arden Park Best Western PLUS Hotel, hosted by the City of Stratford. Also, take advantage of a great networking opportunity by attending the CiB Ontario Annual Golf Tournament taking place on Friday, September 16th, at the Stratford Country Club. For more information on the Awards Ceremonies and the golf event please click here (you will be redirected to the Communities in Bloom website).


Trial Gardens Open House Thursday, August 18, 2016. Mark your calendar and watch the website and your emails for details.


Living Architecture Monitor magazine - you can check out the online copy - free of charge!


Check out the 2016 Spring STIHL PROLINE 

(click on the photo below)


Interested in green infrastructure training?Green Roofs For Healthy Cities has a line-up of sessions available. Green infrastructure training (click on the link for the course schedule - you will be redirected to the Green Roofs for Healthy Cities website).


Highway of Heroes - A Tree for Every Hero

"When a member of our Canadian Armed Forces falls, his or her final journey is over a leg of the 401 called the Highway of Heroes. We’re turning this barren stretch of highway into a living, breathing memorial—one tree for each of the 117,000 men and women who have given their lives." (Excerpt taken from the hohtribute.ca website.)

For more information about this initiative and how you can get involved please click here.

Current Job Postings

13 May 2016 (EDT) • Downsview Park
16 May 2016 (EDT) • The Learning Enrichment Foundation, Toronto
24 May 2016 (EDT) • Township of Brock
24 May 2016 (EDT) • Township of Brock

PLEASE NOTE: When applying for jobs listed on the OPA website you must follow the application instructions provided on the posting for which you are applying. OPA does not accept applications on behalf of the organizations who have posted jobs on the OPA website.
Thank you to our 
Partners in Education:

Upcoming Events

30 May 2016 8:00 AM (EDT) • Merritton Centennial Arena 5 Park Avenue St. Catharines, ON L2P 1P9
30 May 2016 8:00 AM (EDT) • Fairview Cemetery 4501 Stanley Ave Niagara Falls, ON L2E 2E8
31 May 2016 8:30 AM (EDT) • Kinsmen Civic Centre 1 Kinsmen Way, Peterborough, ON K9J-2R2
02 Jun 2016 6:30 PM (EDT) • Best Western Plus Brant Park Inn, 19 Holiday Drive, Brantford, ON N3R 7J4
03 Jun 2016 (EDT) • Northridge Golf Course, 320 Balmoral Drive, Brantford, ON N3V 1E6
03 Jun 2016 (EDT) • Northridge Golf Course, 320 Balmoral Drive, Brantford, ON N3V 1E6
06 Jun 2016 8:00 AM (EDT) • rare ECO Center 768 Blair Road, Cambridge ON, N3H 2R8 practical portion approx. 5 mins away
09 Jun 2016 9:30 AM (EDT) • City of Burlington
14 Jun 2016 9:00 AM (EDT) • Port Credit Arena (the Credit Room North and South) 40 Stavebank Rd, Mississauga, ON L5G 2T8
15 Jun 2016 7:30 AM (EDT) • Riverside Park Operations Yard – 29 Marilyn Drive, Guelph, ON N1H 3G9
14 Sep 2016 8:30 AM (EDT) • Stoney Creek Municipal Centre (Saltfleet Room) 777 Hamilton Regional Road 8 Hamilton, ON L8E 5J4 (Practical - Winona Park - 1328 Barton Street East (approximately 3kms away)
26 Sep 2016 8:00 AM (EDT) • Victoria Park Community Centre - 355 Wellington Street, Ingersoll, ON N5C 1T2
17 Oct 2016 8:00 AM (EDT) • Des Newman Arena Complex (Iroquois Park) - Whitney Hall 500 Victoria Street West, Whitby, ON L1N 9G4


Ontario Parks Association

7856 5th Line South · Milton · Ontario · L9T 2X8 *

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

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

(*Note: If you are mapping our location, enter Halton Hills, not Milton, as the city)


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