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LESS THAN A MONTH UNTIL OPA's 60th Annual Education Forum -

Date: Friday, February 26th, 2016 

Location: Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel & Conference Centre

Meet our presenters!

Session 1: Richard Zurawski

Session 2: Open Forum Discussion

Session 3: Robert Cormier

Register to attend as a participant

Sponsorship opportunities - SOLD OUT!

Vendor tables - SOLD OUT!


Save the date!

The OPA Foundation's Annual Dave Gower Memorial Event will take place Friday, June 3rd, hosted this year by the City of Brantford. Stay tuned for details!


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!


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.


Proud members of 

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


OPA's Online Store - treat your someone special (or your special self!) to some OPA branded gear this Valentine's Day! You can even have it personalized!


Check out this newly released book written by Melissa Martz. 

Inclusive Playgrounds: Play for All Children was written to bring awareness of what an inclusive playground is, and how they are the wave of the future. By 2025, all public playgrounds are to be fully inclusive, this includes parks, schools, and community centres. Ontario is well on its way to reach that goal, with the opening of several inclusive playgrounds in Elmira, Guelph, Port Hope, Orangeville, Brockville, Elora, Fergus, and the list goes on...

This book will give readers both the insight and inspiration of what goes into bringing an inclusive playground to fruition, and how they can bring an inclusive playground to their community.

Partner Programs

Want to learn more about the Yardstick benchmarking project?

Yardstick Global – Presentation in your community!

OPA is pleased to announce that our partner, Chris Rutherford of Yardstick Global, will be visiting Ontario in June 2016 and will make time to visit communities considering a membership in Yardstick Benchmarking for Parks or Facilities, or Yardstick Surveys for Parks or Facilities.

More than 20 Canadian communities are already a part of this international park and recreation facility benchmarking and survey system. The sessions may be tailored to your particular area of interest and held in your community at no charge to you.  This is a great opportunity to assemble your entire management team to meet with Chris and ask all the hard questions.

Declare your interest today by emailing Chris at chris@xyst.biz and arrange a time for his visit.  You can familiarize yourself with the program by visiting https://www.yardstickglobal.org/



Download a FREE copy of the Living Architecture Monitor


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

06 Jan 2016 (EST) • City of Toronto
13 Jan 2016 (EST) • Downsview Park
26 Jan 2016 (EST) • Upper Thames River Conservation Authority
03 Feb 2016 (EST) • Town of Richmond Hill
04 Feb 2016 (EST) • City of Brantford
05 Feb 2016 (EST) • Niagara Parks School of Horticulture, Niagara Falls
08 Feb 2016 (EST) • City of Cambridge
10 Feb 2016 (EST) • Saugeen Shores
11 Feb 2016 (EST) • Hamilton Conservation Authority

Thank you to our 
Partners in Education:

Upcoming Events

29 Feb 2016 9:00 AM (EST) • Hintonburg Community Centre (Basement Meeting Room) 1064 Wellington St. W, Ottawa ON K1Y 2Y3
07 Mar 2016 8:00 AM (EST) • Coldstream Community Centre 10227 Ilderton Rd Ilderton ON N0M 2A0 (Practical - Coldstream Conservation Area - across the street)
21 Mar 2016 8:00 AM (EDT) • Quinte Sports and Wellness Centre (Pro-Shop Training Room)- 265 Cannifton Rd, Belleville, ON K8N 4V8 Practical Portion - 259 North Park Street
05 Apr 2016 7:30 AM (EDT) • Kingsville Arena - 1741 Jasperson Lane Kingsville, ON N9Y 3J4
11 Apr 2016 8:00 AM (EDT) • 344 Canborough Street, Smithville, ON L0R 2A0 (Fire Hall Training Room) Practical Portion (approximately 5 mins away) - 4969 Regional Rd 69, West Lincoln
11 Apr 2016 8:00 AM (EDT) • Woodstock District Community Complex (Goff Hall) 381 Finkle St, Woodstock, ON N4V 1A3
13 Apr 2016 8:00 AM (EDT) • The Tillsonburg Community Centre 42 Hardy Avenue, Tillsonburg ON, N4G 3W9
25 Apr 2016 8:00 AM (EDT) • Nepean Sportsplex - Hall C 1701 Woodroffe Avenue Ottawa, ON K2G 1W2
25 Apr 2016 8:00 AM (EDT) • Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority's Enniskillen Education Centre - 7274 Holt Road, Enniskillen L0B 1J0
27 Apr 2016 8:30 AM (EDT) • EO&TC, Fire Station #12, Byron 275 Boler Road, London, ON N6K 2J9 (parking is available at the rear of the building)
11 May 2016 8:00 AM (EDT) • Preston Memorial Auditorium (Boardroom - theory) - 1458 Hamilton Street, Cambridge, ON N3H 3G5 Kinsman Stadium (Outdoor) - 49 King St West (approx 5 mins away)
16 May 2016 8:00 AM (EDT) • Goderich Airport 33874 Airport Road, Goderich, ON N7A 3V2
18 May 2016 8:00 AM (EDT) • Community Services Operations Centre 1200 Elgin Mills Road, Richmond Hill, ON L4S 1M5
24 May 2016 8:30 AM (EDT) • West End Community Centre - Room: The Lions Lair 21 Imperial Road S, Guelph, ON N1K 1X3
27 May 2016 7:00 AM (EDT) • OPA Foundation


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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