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OPA's 6th Annual Equipment Education Golf Forum
Friday, September 11th at Legends on the Niagara
Register now to take advantage of early bird rates!

Sponsors - click here to check out the sponsorship opportunities that are available for this event. Please note that until August 2 only OPA associate members are able to register for sponsorship opportunities. After August 3 we welcome everyone to join in the fun!

Floral Display Competition Winners!

The winners of the 2015 Floral Display Competition were announced at the Trial Gardens Open House held August 20th at Landscape Ontario. Following are the judges' choices for this year's competition:

Container Plantings and Hanging Baskets Category Winner - City of Oshawa

Floral Art Category Winner – City of Oshawa

Median/Boulevard Plantings Category Winner - City of Hamilton

Medium to Large Gardens Category Winner – City of Guelph

Small Gardens Category Winner – City of Toronto

Thank you to everyone who submitted entries for this year's competition - it was definitely not an easy chore for the judges to determine the winning entries. Please be sure to check out our Facebook page to see all of the incredible displays that were submitted for the competition.

The residents and visitors of our province are very fortunate that our municipalities employ such hard working and talented staff to design and care for the floral displays that beautify our towns and cities. Thank you to each and every one of you for helping to make and keep nature looking its best!!


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!


Oh the Places You'll Grow ... with some financial assistance from the government! 

Do you want to advance growth planning in Ontario? Do you have an innovative project that needs support?

The Places to Grow Implementation Fund invests in projects that promote the policies and goals of the Places to Grow Act. In 2015-16 priority will be given to research initiatives and projects that build awareness and understanding of growth planning in Ontario with a focus on enhancing implementation of growth planning policies, for example, building complete and resilient communities, integrating cost-effective infrastructure, and curbing urban sprawl.

Am I eligible to apply?

Municipalities, municipal organizations, incorporated academic institution (including universities, colleges, other educational institutions or hospitals), incorporated sector professional and non-governmental/not-for-profit organizations are eligible to apply.

How can I apply?

Applicants must use the Application Form and Application Guide available on the Places to Grow Implementation Fund website.

Projects are eligible for funds from $5,000 to a maximum of $50,000. Funds are limited. Your application must be received by 5:00 p.m. on September 25, 2015.

For more information, contact:

Ontario Growth Secretariat
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
777 Bay Street, 4th Floor, Suite 425
Toronto, Ontario M5G 2E5
Local: (416) 325-1210
Toll free:1-866-479-9781
TTY: 1-800-239-4224


Partner Programs


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Looking for someone to do some landscaping for you? Check out GreenLEF Landscaping - a Learning Enrichment Foundation social enterprise program. Click on the logo below or go to http://www.greenlef.org/


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Upcoming Events

23 Jul 2015 • International School Peace Gardens
11 Sep 2015 7:00 AM • Legends on the Niagara Golf Course, Niagara Falls
11 Sep 2015 7:00 AM • Legends on the Niagara, Niagara Falls
15 Sep 2015 8:00 AM • 7856 5th Line South Milton · Ontario · L9T 2X8
17 Sep 2015 8:00 AM • 3100 Conroy Road - Training Room (City of Ottawa building), Ottawa, ON
21 Sep 2015 8:00 AM • Riverview Park and Zoo (Rotary Education Center) 1230 Water Street, Peterborough
21 Sep 2015 8:30 AM • Preston Auditorium Banquet Hall, 1458 Hamilton Street, Cambridge, ON
05 Oct 2015 8:00 AM • East Gwillimbury Sports Complex (Ontario Loft) 1914B Mount Albert Road Sharon, ON L0G 1V0
05 Oct 2015 8:00 AM • 2795 Moyer St. Pelham ON
05 Oct 2015 8:00 AM • Milton Sports Centre 605 Santa Maria Blvd, Milton, ON L9T 6J5
15 Oct 2015 8:30 AM • Community Complex, 381 Finkle Street Woodstock Ontario N4V 1A3
19 Oct 2015 8:00 AM • Beaver Valley Ski Club, Markdale, 100 Pioneer Drive RR#4, Markdale
26 Oct 2015 8:00 AM • Quetico College School, 1130 Hwy 633 Atikokan, ON, P0T 1C0


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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