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5th Annual OPA Equipment Education and Golf Forum - Friday, September 12

Looking forward to an awesome day in Niagara Falls on Friday! Thank you to everyone who registered to golf or to sponsor this year's event!!


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


Legacy Garden Opening Ceremony 

The Ontario Parks Association and the Niagara Parks Commission Association School of Horticulture Alumni Legacy Prairie Garden is the result of the 75th Anniversary celebrations for both organizations held in 2011. Four years of planning and fund raising have now resulted in a beautiful garden with a purpose. The huge decline of the Monarch Butterflies and the reduction of the bee population across North America reveals the value of profiling these issues and the support needed to return their numbers to what they were.

Join us for the opening and ‘the turning over’ ceremonies of the project as the Garden is formally transferred to the Niagara Parks Commission on Saturday, September 13th at 1:00 pm. Click here to download the event details.


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! 


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!

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). 


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.


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


Current Job Postings

04 Sep 2014 10:00 AM • City of Vaughan

Upcoming Events

22 Sep 2014 8:00 AM • Jubilee Pavilion in Lakeview Park, 55 Lakeview Park Ave, Oshawa, ON L1J 7Z2
23 Sep 2014 8:00 AM • West End Community Centre - "The Lions Lair", 21 Imperial Road South Guelph, Ontario, N1K 1X3
24 Sep 2014 8:00 AM • E.G. Sports Complex - Ontario Loft, 1914B Mount Albert Road, Sharon, ON L0G 1V0
26 Sep 2014 8:00 AM • 3100 Conroy Road - Training Room (City of Ottawa building), Ottawa, ON
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
03 Dec 2014 8:30 AM • Landscape Ontario Building, Hemlock Room, 7856 5th Line South · RR4, Milton · Ontario · L9T 2X8

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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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