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    • 16 Apr 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 20 Apr 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • City of Cambridge ~ Hespeler Memorial Arena - 640 Ellis Rd, Cambridge, ON N3C 4N1
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    REGISTERED PLAYGROUND PRACTITIONER


    THIS SESSION IS FULL

     

    The Ontario Parks Association (OPA) has developed the Registered Playground Practitioner Program to meet the needs of those involved and responsible for the hands-on inspections and maintenance of public playspaces and playground facilities.

     

    Safe Play - A High Priority

    The Ontario Parks Association places a high priority and commitment on the provision of safe play structures in our public spaces. We want to help ensure that they are safe and accessible. OPA also emphasizes the strong need to educate caregivers, supervisors and others about the benefits of positive and safe play experiences for our children.

     

    What You Will Learn

    Attending this course will teach you about significantly lowering the risk of injuries in play areas by providing a safe outdoor learning experience for all. This course uses the CAN/CSA-Z614-14, Children's Playspaces and Equipment, as a base document for the three independent sections of the course.

     

    Intensive 4 1/2-Day Program

    The Ontario Parks Association instructors include experts from the industry including an architect, liability expert, lawyer, representative of the CSA Standards Association and others to give in-depth training on the following topics and includes an on-site demonstration at a local playground structure:


    Playspace Strategies Playspace Evaluation Playspace Management
    space requirements playvalue and hazard identification liability and insurance
    playability inspection and maintenance due diligence
    access/egress requirements surfacing evaluation contractual obligations
    playspace design record keeping risk management
    age appropriate issues CSA overview owner/operator responsibilities
    playspace materials corrective actions employee/manager responsibilities
    playspace construction   playvalue and practical choices

    Principal Instructor Peter Kells

    Industrial Designer involved with the design of playground and recreation equipment since 1984. Involved with the writing of both the CSA playground standard and other international Standards. Executive member of IPA Canada (International Association for the Child's Right to Play). Playground Inspector since 2000.


    Upon completion of the program and achievement of a passing grade in the written examinations the participant will be registered by the Ontario Parks Association as a Playground Practitioner and thereby qualified to inspect playgrounds. 


    The OPA Registered Playground Practitioner Program is recognized as a playground safety course for inspectors by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.


    Attendees are required to purchase a copy of the new CSA Z614-14 Standard. The test at the end of the course is open book so attendees will need their own copy (sharing books is not permitted). Attendees can choose to either use the PDF version and bring it on their tablet or other electronic device (so long as they can turn off the use of internet / text messaging for the test as any use of outside sources is considered cheating and will not receive a passing grade) or the hard copy of the book. Books can be purchased at the CSA Online Shop 

    http://shop.csa.ca/en/canada/injury-prevention/cancsa-z614-14/invt/27019532014&bklist=icat,5,shop,publications,publicsafety,injuryprevention )

     


    DATE:

    April 16, 2018 - April 20, 2018



    TIME:
    Monday - Thursday 8:00am to 5:00pm
    Friday 8:00am - 3:00pm

    LOCATION:

    Hespeler Memorial Arena ~ The Servery Room
    640 Ellis Road
    Cambridge, ON N3C 4N1

    PRACTICAL LOCATION ON SITE


    The course will start promptly at 8:00am each day.



    COST:

    OPA Members: $1,268.00

    Non-Members: $1,498.00


    PLEASE NOTE: meals are not provided at this training session. Attendees will be required to bring their own lunch, coffee and snacks. 

    • 24 Apr 2018
    • 9:15 AM - 4:00 PM
    • City of Hamilton ~ Morgan Firestone Arena ~ Room A - 385 Jerseyville Rd West Ancaster, ON L9G 3L5
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    IRRIGATION TECHNICIAN WORKSHOP


    This one-day Irrigation Workshop has been designed specifically for our frontline Parks staff, addressing irrigation issues as they pertain to parks and sportsfields. The morning session will take place in-class, with the afternoon  session consisting of outdoor demonstrations.

    Topics that will be covered:

    • Irrigation Service Spring and Fall
    • Service and Repairs with Demonstartions
    • Irrigation Controls 
    • New technologies - wireless soil monitoring, weather-based control and central control
    • A full afternoon of outdoor onsite demonstrations

    DATE: April 24, 2018

    TIME: 9:15 AM to 4:00 PM 

    LOCATION:
    Morgan Firestone Arena ~ Room A - Outdoor portion will be at Soccer Field 2
    385 Jerseyville Rd West
    Ancaster, ON L9G 3L5

    COST:
    OPA Member: $247.80 per person
    Potential Member: $345.90 per person

    • 02 May 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Municipality of Brockton ~ Walkerton Community Centre - Auditorium 290 Durham Street West Walkerton, ON N0G 2V0
    • 18
    Register

    BALL DIAMOND MAINTENANCE AND BEST PRACTICES WORKSHOP

    Ball Diamond maintenance is a regular, necessary and costly procedure. Whether using stone dust, a mixture of clay, sand, original materials or the new diamond conditioners, amendments and materials, a similar process must be used. They all require regular grooming and good maintenance practices. This program will illustrate best practices and maintenance standards to your front line staff. A reasonable standard of maintenance is now a necessity because of risk management principles that indicate all diamonds should be maintained to a standard and level of acceptance equivalent to the municipalities around you. In the case of an incident, or an injury, that is what the lawyers are now using as a bench mark for a "standard of care".

    This course will cover:

    • Fundamentals of General Field Maintenance
    • Pitchers Mound Maintenance
    • A Front Line Worker's Role
    • Ball Diamond / Fields Checklist for Risk Management Objectives
    • Striping, Lining and Logos
    • Irrigation and Drainage on Infields
    • Dragging, Infield Grooming Practices and Equipment
    Date: Wednesday May 2, 2018
    Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm

    Location:
    Walkerton Community Centre - Auditorium
    290 Durham Street West
    Walkerton, ON N0G 2V0

    Course Cost:
    OPA Member Price: $247.80
    Potential Member Price: $345.90

    **Lunch is not provided at this session please bring a bagged lunch**

    Register online, payment can be made via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association) or by calling the OPA office with a credit card for processing. 

    • 09 May 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Township of Severn - Coldwater Arena and Fairgrounds ~ 11 Michael Anne Drive Coldwater, ON L0K 1E0
    • 15
    Register

    BALL DIAMOND MAINTENANCE AND BEST PRACTICES WORKSHOP

    Ball Diamond maintenance is a regular, necessary and costly procedure. Whether using stone dust, a mixture of clay, sand, original materials or the new diamond conditioners, amendments and materials, a similar process must be used. They all require regular grooming and good maintenance practices. This program will illustrate best practices and maintenance standards to your front line staff. A reasonable standard of maintenance is now a necessity because of risk management principles that indicate all diamonds should be maintained to a standard and level of acceptance equivalent to the municipalities around you. In the case of an incident, or an injury, that is what the lawyers are now using as a bench mark for a "standard of care".

    This course will cover:

    • Fundamentals of General Field Maintenance
    • Pitchers Mound Maintenance
    • A Front Line Worker's Role
    • Ball Diamond / Fields Checklist for Risk Management Objectives
    • Striping, Lining and Logos
    • Irrigation and Drainage on Infields
    • Dragging, Infield Grooming Practices and Equipment

    Date: Wednesday May 9, 2018

    Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm

    Location:
    Coldwater Arena and Fairgrounds (In -Class: Community Hall in the arena)
    Township of Severn
    11 Michael Anne Drive 
    Coldwater, ON L0K 1E0

    Outdoor demonstration to take place at the Fairgrounds next door.

    Lunch provided by the Coldwater Lions Club! 

    Coldwater Lions Club

    Thank-you!!



    OPA Member Price: $247.80
    Potential Member Price: $345.90


    Register online, payment can be made via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association) or by calling the OPA office with a credit card for processing. 

    • 14 May 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 18 May 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • City of Ottawa ~ Conroy Public Works Yard- 3100 Conroy Road Ottawa, ON K1H 1E2
    • 21
    Register

    REGISTERED PLAYGROUND PRACTITIONER


    The Ontario Parks Association (OPA) has developed the Registered Playground Practitioner Program to meet the needs of those involved and responsible for the hands-on inspections and maintenance of public playspaces and playground facilities.

     

    Safe Play - A High Priority

    The Ontario Parks Association places a high priority and commitment on the provision of safe play structures in our public spaces. We want to help ensure that they are safe and accessible. OPA also emphasizes the strong need to educate caregivers, supervisors and others about the benefits of positive and safe play experiences for our children.

     

    What You Will Learn

    Attending this course will teach you about significantly lowering the risk of injuries in play areas by providing a safe outdoor learning experience for all. This course uses the CAN/CSA-Z614-14, Children's Playspaces and Equipment, as a base document for the three independent sections of the course.

     

    Intensive 4 1/2-Day Program

    The Ontario Parks Association instructors include experts from the industry including an architect, liability expert, lawyer, representative of the CSA Standards Association and others to give in-depth training on the following topics and includes an on-site demonstration at a local playground structure:


    Playspace Strategies Playspace Evaluation Playspace Management
    space requirements playvalue and hazard identification liability and insurance
    playability inspection and maintenance due diligence
    access/egress requirements surfacing evaluation contractual obligations
    playspace design record keeping risk management
    age appropriate issues CSA overview owner/operator responsibilities
    playspace materials corrective actions employee/manager responsibilities
    playspace construction   playvalue and practical choices

     Principal Instructor Peter Kells

    Industrial Designer involved with the design of playground and recreation equipment since 1984. Involved with the writing of both the CSA playground standard and other international Standards. Executive member of IPA Canada (International Association for the Child's Right to Play). Playground Inspector since 2000.


    Upon completion of the program and achievement of a passing grade in the written examinations the participant will be registered by the Ontario Parks Association as a Playground Practitioner and thereby qualified to inspect playgrounds. 


    The OPA Registered Playground Practitioner Program is recognized as a playground safety course for inspectors by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.


    Attendees are required to purchase a copy of the new CSA Z614-14 Standard. The test at the end of the course is open book so attendees will need their own copy (sharing books is not permitted). Attendees can choose to either use the PDF version and bring it on their tablet or other electronic device (so long as they can turn off the use of internet / text messaging for the test as any use of outside sources is considered cheating and will not receive a passing grade) or the hard copy of the book. Books can be purchased at the CSA Online Shop 

    http://shop.csa.ca/en/canada/injury-prevention/cancsa-z614-14/invt/27019532014&bklist=icat,5,shop,publications,publicsafety,injuryprevention )

     


    DATE:

    May 14, 2018 - May 18, 2018



    TIME:
    Monday - Thursday 8:00am to 5:00pm
    Friday 8:00am - 3:00pm

    LOCATION:

    Conroy Public Works Yard - Training room 
    3100 Conroy Road
    Ottawa, ON K1H 1E2

    PRACTICAL LOCATION: 2 Minute drive away from in-class portion

    Elizabeth Manley Park

    1261 Blohm Drive



    The course will start promptly at 8:00am each day.



    COST:

    OPA Members: $1,268.00

    Non-Members: $1,498.00


    PLEASE NOTE: meals are not provided at this training session. Attendees will be required to bring their own lunch, coffee and snacks. 

    • 15 May 2018
    • 16 May 2018
    • Toronto
    • 25
    Register


    Green Infrastructure: Jobs, Health & Community Resilience

    The Grey to Green Conference is both a forum to connect industry professionals and a resource to discover the latest in green infrastructure design, research, and policy. Grey to Green features a wide variety of innovative and technical content from expert speakers along with comprehensive training courses, guided local tours and a trade show showcasing companies and organizations committed to the growth and success of the green infrastructure industry. Register before March 29, 2018, and save $100!

    Click the header above to be redirected to the Grey to Green Conference website where you can read about the different speakers and sessions and register to attend.


    • 16 May 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Municipality of Middlesex Centre ~ Delaware Municipal Park & Community Centre, 2652 Gideon Drive, Delaware, ON N0L 1E0
    • 11
    Register

    BALL DIAMOND MAINTENANCE AND BEST PRACTICES WORKSHOP

    Ball Diamond maintenance is a regular, necessary and costly procedure. Whether using stone dust, a mixture of clay, sand, original materials or the new diamond conditioners, amendments and materials, a similar process must be used. They all require regular grooming and good maintenance practices. This program will illustrate best practices and maintenance standards to your front line staff. A reasonable standard of maintenance is now a necessity because of risk management principles that indicate all diamonds should be maintained to a standard and level of acceptance equivalent to the municipalities around you. In the case of an incident, or an injury, that is what the lawyers are now using as a bench mark for a "standard of care".

    This course will cover:

    • Fundamentals of General Field Maintenance
    • Pitchers Mound Maintenance
    • A Front Line Worker's Role
    • Ball Diamond / Fields Checklist for Risk Management Objectives
    • Striping, Lining and Logos
    • Irrigation and Drainage on Infields
    • Dragging, Infield Grooming Practices and Equipment
    Date: Wednesday May 16, 2018
    Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm

    Location:
    Delaware Municipal Park & Community Centre ~ Meeting Room
    2652 Gideon Drive 
    Delaware, ON N0L 1E0

    Course Cost:
    OPA Member Price: $247.80
    Potential Member Price: $345.90

    **Lunch is not provided at this session please bring a bagged lunch**

    Register online, payment can be made via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association) or by calling the OPA office with a credit card for processing. 

    • 23 May 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • South Dundas Municipal Centre - 34 Ottawa Street, Morrisburg, ON K0C 1X0
    • 14
    Register

    BALL DIAMOND MAINTENANCE AND BEST PRACTICES WORKSHOP

    Ball Diamond maintenance is a regular, necessary and costly procedure. Whether using stone dust, a mixture of clay, sand, original materials or the new diamond conditioners, amendments and materials, a similar process must be used. They all require regular grooming and good maintenance practices. This program will illustrate best practices and maintenance standards to your front line staff. A reasonable standard of maintenance is now a necessity because of risk management principles that indicate all diamonds should be maintained to a standard and level of acceptance equivalent to the municipalities around you. In the case of an incident, or an injury, that is what the lawyers are now using as a bench mark for a "standard of care".

    This course will cover:

    • Fundamentals of General Field Maintenance
    • Pitchers Mound Maintenance
    • A Front Line Worker's Role
    • Ball Diamond / Fields Checklist for Risk Management Objectives
    • Striping, Lining and Logos
    • Irrigation and Drainage on Infields
    • Dragging, Infield Grooming Practices and Equipment
    Date: May 23, 2018
    Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm

    Location:
    South Dundas Municipal Centre ~ 3rd Floor Council Chambers
    34 Ottawa Street 
    Morrisburg, ON K0C 1X0

    Outdoor location: 
    7 Canada Way, Morrisburg, ON K0C 1X0 (5 minute walk)

    Course Cost:
    OPA Member Price: $247.80
    Potential Member Price: $345.90

    **Lunch is not provided at this session please bring a bagged lunch**

    Register online, payment can be made via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association) or by calling the OPA office with a credit card for processing. 

    • 28 May 2018
    • 7:30 AM
    • 29 May 2018
    • 3:30 PM
    • Kettle Creek Conservation Authority ~ 44015 Ferguson Line, St.Thomas, ON N5P 3T3
    • 6
    Register

    TWO DAY PARKS ORIENTED CHAINSAW SAFETY AWARENESS



    The Department of Labour requires that all Parks Professionals who use chainsaws on the job be trained in their safe operation.

     

    This two (2) day seminar helps satisfy these requirements.

     

    The course will cover:


    • Safety Regulations and PPE
    • Identify and inspect all chainsaw safety components
    • Inspection and adjustment of a chainsaw
    • Starting and stopping techniques
    • Safe handling of a chainsaw
    • Woodlot assessment and hazards
    • Felling techniques for trees greater then 5" dbh
    • Bucking and Limbing
    • Pole saw and cutting attachments
    • Competence test

    **PLEASE NOTE**

    PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE PROPER PPE IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS COURSE

    • Class E Type 2 helmet
    • Hearing protection
    • Gloves
    • Eye protection
    • Safety boots
    • Full leg chaps or ballistic pants


    Date:

    May 28 & 29, 2018


    Time:

    7:30am to 3:30pm


    In-Class Location:

    Kettle Creek Conservation Authority - Administration Centre ~ Boardroom
    44015 Ferguson Line
    St. Thomas, ON N5P 3T3

    Outdoor Location: On site

    Lunch is NOT provided at this location – please bring a lunch both days. 

    Register online, payment can be made via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association) or by calling the OPA office with a credit card for processing. (905-864-6182, ext. 6710) .

    • 29 May 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • 30 May 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre - Minor Sports Meeting Room 265 Cannifton Rd Belleville, ON K8N 4V8
    • 8
    Register

    SPRAY PAD PRACTITIONER TRAINING PROGRAM

    With the increasing demand for spray pads in communities are you prepared to deal with the choices (and possibly trade-offs) that will need to be made when dealing with the installation of this type of equipment? Once through or recirculated, type of features required, type of surface, materials, location, understanding the context of the Health Act, responsibilities of owners, and water treatment and testing, all these options, questions and the need for a basic understanding of operations come to light with the installation of a spray pad.

    With these things in mind, Ontario Parks Association has developed a new spray pad operations course that will help prepare participants to be able to confidently respond to these questions and more. This session is the first of its kind in North America, and promises to be an exciting addition to the training program line up currently offered by OPA. This two day Spray Pad Practitioner program will include both theory and practical, with a visit to a local spray pad being part of the training.

    Following is an overview of the items that will be addressed during this training:

    • Design philosophy
      • Considerations (ie. ages, collaborative play, inclusive play, sensory stimulation, motor skills, etc.)
      • Selecting colours, location, patterns
      • Types of fixtures – fiberglass, stainless, aluminum, fixed and removable
      • Determining shape/size
      • Sequencing and determining flow pattern
      • Surfacing options
    • Considerations for construction
    • Water treatment and testing
    • Flow through, re-circulation and retain and reuse systems
    • Equipment (ie. pumps, strainers, UV)
    • Inspections (daily, pre-opening,  pre-season)
    • Signage
    • Winterizing
    • Ministry Guidelines

    Whether you are an operator, supervisor, manager, or health official, you will want to attend this exciting course to gain a stronger understanding of this increasingly popular equipment. 

    DATE: May 29 & 30, 2018

    TIME: 8:30am - 4:30pm

    LOCATION: 

    Quinte Sports & Wellness Centre - Minor Sports Meeting Room
    265 Cannifton Rd
    Belleville, ON K8N 4V8

    SPRAY PAD PRACTICAL SITE: 
    Kinsman Park, 151 Dundas Street East

    Course Costing:
    OPA Member Price: $403.80 
    Potential Member Price: $633.90

    ***Please wear closed toe shoes to the training session***

    Please note that lunch is NOT provided at this location – please bring a lunch for this session.

    To attend this training please register online. Payment can be made online, via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association) or by calling the OPA office with a credit card for processing (905-864-6182, ext. 6710).


    • 01 Jun 2018
    • City of Mississauga ~ BraeBen Golf Course - 5700 Terry Fox Way, Mississauga, ON L5V 2W2
    Register

    2018 DAVE GOWER MEMORIAL EVENT

    Golfer Registration


    June 1 Golf Event Schedule:

    8:00 - 8:45 am - Registration & Breakfast
    9:00 am SHARP - Tee Off (Scramble Format)
    2:00 pm - Reception
    2:45 pm - Dinner and Prizes 

    Location: 

    BraeBen Golf Course
    5700 Terry Fox Way
    Mississauga, ON L5V 2W2

    Hotel Accommodations:

    Hilton Garden Inn
    100 Traders Boulevard
    Mississauga, ON  L4Z 2H7

    Rate: $125.00 plus taxes.
    Mention code ONPAS1 or that you are part of the OPA Foundation’s June 1st event to receive the OPAF group rate.
    F: Foursome - Scramble Format

    Cost: $150 per person

    Price includes:        

    • Continental breakfast 
    • Golf & cart
    • Dinner
    • Various giveaways

    AND BACK FOR 2018 ... Molok's Chippin' for OPAF Contest!

    Don’t forget to bring along an extra $20 bill (or two) so you can participate in Molok’s Chippin’ for OPAF contest. $20 gets you 5 attempts at chipping a golf ball into a Molok container. Each successful chip gets your name entered into the draw for an all-expenses paid vacation, courtesy of Molok North America Ltd.! All funds raised go directly to the Scholarship & Bursary Award Program!


    Looking for Sponsorship Opportunities? Click here to be redirected to the Sponsorship page.
    • 01 Jun 2018
    • City of Mississauga ~ BraeBen Golf Course - 5700 Terry Fox Way, Mississauga, ON L5V 2W2
    • 18
    Register

    2018 Dave Gower Memorial Event

    Sponsorship Opportunities

     

    June 1 Golf Event Schedule:

    8:00 - 8:45 am - Registration & Breakfast
    9:00 am SHARP - Tee Off (Scramble Format)
    2:00 pm - Reception
    2:45 pm - Dinner and Prizes 

    Location: 

    BraeBen Golf Course
    5700 Terry Fox Way
    Mississauga, ON L5V 2W2

    Hotel Accommodations:

    Hilton Garden Inn
    100 Traders Boulevard
    Mississauga, ON  L4Z 2H7

    Rate: $125.00 plus taxes.
    Mention code ONPAS1 or that you are part of the OPA Foundation’s June 1st event to receive the OPAF group rate.
    F: Foursome - Scramble Forma

    SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

    GOLF PACKAGE - $2,000 (1 Available)

    • Premium clubhouse banner position
    • Name on clubhouse banner
    • Signage placement on golf course
    • Your logo on giveaway
    • Complimentary golf foursome

    • Option to include gift or promo item in grab bag (min. 120). Items to be sent to OPA office by May 28th

    GOLF CARTS PACKAGE - $1,500 (1 Available) 

    • Recognition signage on all tournament carts
    • Name on clubhouse banner
    • Complimentary golf threesome
    • Option to include gift or promo item in grab bag (min. 120). Items to be sent to OPA office by May 28th

    DINNER PACKAGE - $1,500 (2 Available)

    • Recognition signage at each dinner table
    • Name on clubhouse banner
    • Complimentary golf threesome
    • Option to include gift or promo item in grab bag (min. 120). Items to be sent to OPA office by May 28th


      GOLD SPONSOR - $500

      • Signage on tee
      • Name on clubhouse banner
      • Complimentary individual golfer
      • Option to include gift or promo item in grab bag (min. 120). Items to be sent to OPA office by May 28th

        CONTEST SPONSOR - $400

        • Customized signage on tee
        • Name on clubhouse banner
          Contest options include:
          • Closest to the Pin - Ladies  
          • Closest to the Pin - Men 
          • Longest Drive - Ladies
          • Longest Drive - Men 

          SILVER SPONSOR - $300

          • Signage on tee
          • Name on clubhouse banner


          Click here to download the event flyer.



          Interested in registering to attend as a golfer?

           

          • 13 Jun 2018
          • 8:30 AM
          • 14 Jun 2018
          • 4:30 PM
          • Colchester Community Centre ~ 100 Jackson Street, Colchester, ON N0R 1G0
          • 12
          Register

          SPRAY PAD PRACTITIONER TRAINING PROGRAM

          With the increasing demand for spray pads in communities are you prepared to deal with the choices (and possibly trade-offs) that will need to be made when dealing with the installation of this type of equipment? Once through or recirculated, type of features required, type of surface, materials, location, understanding the context of the Health Act, responsibilities of owners, and water treatment and testing, all these options, questions and the need for a basic understanding of operations come to light with the installation of a spray pad.

          With these things in mind, Ontario Parks Association has developed a new spray pad operations course that will help prepare participants to be able to confidently respond to these questions and more. This session is the first of its kind in North America, and promises to be an exciting addition to the training program line up currently offered by OPA. This two day Spray Pad Practitioner program will include both theory and practical, with a visit to a local spray pad being part of the training.

          Following is an overview of the items that will be addressed during this training:

          • Design philosophy
            • Considerations (ie. ages, collaborative play, inclusive play, sensory stimulation, motor skills, etc.)
            • Selecting colours, location, patterns
            • Types of fixtures – fiberglass, stainless, aluminum, fixed and removable
            • Determining shape/size
            • Sequencing and determining flow pattern
            • Surfacing options
          • Considerations for construction
          • Water treatment and testing
          • Flow through, re-circulation and retain and reuse systems
          • Equipment (ie. pumps, strainers, UV)
          • Inspections (daily, pre-opening,  pre-season)
          • Signage
          • Winterizing
          • Ministry Guidelines

          Whether you are an operator, supervisor, manager, or health official, you will want to attend this exciting course to gain a stronger understanding of this increasingly popular equipment. 

          DATE: June 13 & 14, 2018

          TIME: 8:30am - 4:30pm

          LOCATION: Town of Essex

          Colchester Community Centre
          100 Jackson Street
          Colchester, ON N0R 1G0

          SPRAY PAD PRACTICAL SITE: 
          Across the street

          Course Costing:
          OPA Member Price: $403.80 
          Potential Member Price: $633.90

          ***Please wear closed toe shoes to the training session***

          Please note that lunch is NOT provided at this location – please bring a lunch for this session.

          To attend this training please register online. Payment can be made online, via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association) or by calling the OPA office with a credit card for processing (905-864-6182, ext. 6710).


          • 18 Jun 2018
          • 7:00 AM
          • 19 Jun 2018
          • 3:00 PM
          • City of Brantford ~ T.B. Costain Community Center - 16 Morrell St. Brantford, ON N3T 4J2
          • 2
          Register

          TWO DAY PARKS ORIENTED CHAINSAW SAFETY AWARENESS



          The Department of Labour requires that all Parks Professionals who use chainsaws on the job be trained in their safe operation.

           

          This two (2) day seminar helps satisfy these requirements.

           

          The course will cover:


          • Safety Regulations and PPE
          • Identify and inspect all chainsaw safety components
          • Inspection and adjustment of a chainsaw
          • Starting and stopping techniques
          • Safe handling of a chainsaw
          • Woodlot assessment and hazards
          • Felling techniques for trees greater then 5" dbh
          • Bucking and Limbing
          • Pole saw and cutting attachments
          • Competence test

          **PLEASE NOTE**

          PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE PROPER PPE IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS COURSE

          • Class E Type 2 helmet
          • Hearing protection
          • Gloves
          • Eye protection
          • Safety boots
          • Full leg chaps or ballistic pants


          Date:

          June 18 & 19, 2018


          Time:

          7:00am to 3:00pm


          In-Class Location:

          T.B Costain Community Centre
          16 Morrell Street
          Brantford, ON N3T 4J2

          Outdoor Location: Waterworks Park ~ 400 Grandriver Ave, Brantford, ON N3T 5A3
          Map to Outdoor Location: Map

          Lunch is NOT provided at this location – please bring a lunch both days. 

          Register online, payment can be made via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association) or by calling the OPA office with a credit card for processing. (905-864-6182, ext. 6710) .

          • 18 Jun 2018
          • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
          • Petawawa Civic Centre ~ 16 Civic Centre Road, Petawawa, ON K8H 3H5
          • 13
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          BALL DIAMOND MAINTENANCE AND BEST PRACTICES WORKSHOP

          Ball Diamond maintenance is a regular, necessary and costly procedure. Whether using stone dust, a mixture of clay, sand, original materials or the new diamond conditioners, amendments and materials, a similar process must be used. They all require regular grooming and good maintenance practices. This program will illustrate best practices and maintenance standards to your front line staff. A reasonable standard of maintenance is now a necessity because of risk management principles that indicate all diamonds should be maintained to a standard and level of acceptance equivalent to the municipalities around you. In the case of an incident, or an injury, that is what the lawyers are now using as a bench mark for a "standard of care".

          This course will cover:

          • Fundamentals of General Field Maintenance
          • Pitchers Mound Maintenance
          • A Front Line Worker's Role
          • Ball Diamond / Fields Checklist for Risk Management Objectives
          • Striping, Lining and Logos
          • Irrigation and Drainage on Infields
          • Dragging, Infield Grooming Practices and Equipment
          Date: June 18, 2018
          Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm

          Location:
          Petawawa Civic Centre ~ 2nd Floor Main Banquet Hall
          16 Civic Centre Road 
          Petawawa, ON K8H 3H5

          Outdoor location: 
          On site ~ 5 minute walk from the diamond

          Course Cost:
          OPA Member Price: $247.80
          Potential Member Price: $345.90

          **Lunch is not provided at this session please bring a bagged lunch**

          Register online, payment can be made via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association) or by calling the OPA office with a credit card for processing. 

          • 19 Jun 2018
          • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
          • City of Belleville ~ Salvation Army Church - 290 Bridge Street West, Belleville, ON K8P 5L6
          • 17
          Register

          BALL DIAMOND MAINTENANCE AND BEST PRACTICES WORKSHOP

          Ball Diamond maintenance is a regular, necessary and costly procedure. Whether using stone dust, a mixture of clay, sand, original materials or the new diamond conditioners, amendments and materials, a similar process must be used. They all require regular grooming and good maintenance practices. This program will illustrate best practices and maintenance standards to your front line staff. A reasonable standard of maintenance is now a necessity because of risk management principles that indicate all diamonds should be maintained to a standard and level of acceptance equivalent to the municipalities around you. In the case of an incident, or an injury, that is what the lawyers are now using as a bench mark for a "standard of care".

          This course will cover:

          • Fundamentals of General Field Maintenance
          • Pitchers Mound Maintenance
          • A Front Line Worker's Role
          • Ball Diamond / Fields Checklist for Risk Management Objectives
          • Striping, Lining and Logos
          • Irrigation and Drainage on Infields
          • Dragging, Infield Grooming Practices and Equipment
          Date: June 19, 2018
          Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm

          Location:
          Belleville Salvation Army Church
          290 Bridge Street West
          Belleville, ON K8P 5L6

          Outdoor location: Centennial Park, 335 Bridge Street West (2 minute walk)

          Course Cost:
          OPA Member Price: $247.80
          Potential Member Price: $345.90

          **Lunch is not provided at this session please bring a bagged lunch**

          Register online, payment can be made via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association) or by calling the OPA office with a credit card for processing. 

          • 19 Jun 2018
          • 9:00 AM
          • 20 Jun 2018
          • 5:00 PM
          • City of Hamilton- Morgan Firestone Arena - 385 Jerseyville Rd W, Ancaster, ON L9G 3L5
          • 10
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          TRAILS SPECIALIST WORKSHOP

           

          This two day workshop has been designed by professionals for all levels of trail builders and enthusiasts. You will receive instruction on how to observe, detect and document potential risk resulting from poor trail design, construction and maintenance. This workshop combines in classroom theory and hands-on experiences. 


          This course will cover:

          • Overview of Professional Trail Building
          • The Science of Trail Building
          • Maintenance of Trails
          • Environmental Impacts
          • Liability Issues
          • Handwork and Trail Construction Techniques

          DATE: June 19 & 20, 2018

          TIME: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm both days
          LOCATION:
          Morgan Firestone Arena - Ancaster Community Centre - Room A
          385 Jerseyville Rd W
          Ancaster, ON L9G 3L5


          COURSE COST:

          OPA Member: $403.80

          Potential Member: $633.90


          Participants are required to have a CSA approved hard hat, safety glasses, closed toe safety shoes/boots, and gloves. 

          It is recommended that the participant bring with them the following equipment: 
          • pin flags
          • clinometer 
          • pulaski
          • mcleod rake
          And/or any other trail building tools/equipment the organization, government agency or participant intends to use for trail design, building and maintenance. The idea behind having your own tools/equipment onsite is to allow the opportunity for it to be integrated into the course and suit the specific needs/wants and desires of the participants.

          Please note: A bagged lunch is required at this course
          This course is an Ontario Trails Council approved training program.
          • 23 Aug 2018
          • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
          • Landscape Ontario, 7856 5th Line South, Halton Hills, ON

          Date:  Thursday, August 23, 2018

          Times/Locations:      

          • 9:00 am until Noon - Landscape Ontario (7856 5th Line South, Halton Hills, ON L9T 2X8)
          • 1:00 until 3:00 pm - Guelph Turfgrass Institute (328 Victoria Road South, Guelph, ON N1H 6H8)

          Map to Landscape Ontario - Please note that 5th Line South is closed below the 401 so our offices can only be accessed via Steeles Avenue.

          Event details to follow. For now, make sure you save the date!

          • 19 Sep 2018
          • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
          • Ancaster Community Centre/Morgan Firestone Arena ~ 385 Jerseyville Rd W. Ancaster, ON L9G 3L5
          • 28
          Register

          BALL DIAMOND MAINTENANCE AND BEST PRACTICES WORKSHOP

          Ball Diamond maintenance is a regular, necessary and costly procedure. Whether using stone dust, a mixture of clay, sand, original materials or the new diamond conditioners, amendments and materials, a similar process must be used. They all require regular grooming and good maintenance practices. This program will illustrate best practices and maintenance standards to your front line staff. A reasonable standard of maintenance is now a necessity because of risk management principles that indicate all diamonds should be maintained to a standard and level of acceptance equivalent to the municipalities around you. In the case of an incident, or an injury, that is what the lawyers are now using as a bench mark for a "standard of care".

          This course will cover:

          • Fundamentals of General Field Maintenance
          • Pitchers Mound Maintenance
          • A Front Line Worker's Role
          • Ball Diamond / Fields Checklist for Risk Management Objectives
          • Striping, Lining and Logos
          • Irrigation and Drainage on Infields
          • Dragging, Infield Grooming Practices and Equipment


          Date: Wednesday September 19, 2018

          Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

          Location:

          Ancaster Community Centre/Morgan Firestone Arena ~ Room A
          385 Jerseyville Rd W 
          Ancaster, ON L9G 3L5

          OPA Member Price: $247.80
          Potential Member Price: $345.90

          **Lunch is not provided at this session please bring a bagged lunch**

          Register online, payment can be made via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association) or by calling the OPA office with a credit card for processing. 

          • 15 Oct 2018
          • 8:00 AM
          • 19 Oct 2018
          • Whitby Hydro Building ~ 98 Taunton Road East, Whitby, ON L1R 3L5
          • 23
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          REGISTERED PLAYGROUND PRACTITIONER 


          The Ontario Parks Association (OPA) has developed the Registered Playground Practitioner Program to meet the needs of those involved and responsible for the hands-on inspections and maintenance of public playspaces and playground facilities.

           

          Safe Play - A High Priority

          The Ontario Parks Association places a high priority and commitment on the provision of safe play structures in our public spaces. We want to help ensure that they are safe and accessible. OPA also emphasizes the strong need to educate caregivers, supervisors and others about the benefits of positive and safe play experiences for our children.

           

          What You Will Learn

          Attending this course will teach you about significantly lowering the risk of injuries in play areas by providing a safe outdoor learning experience for all. This course uses the CAN/CSA-Z614-14, Children's Playspaces and Equipment, as a base document for the three independent sections of the course.

           

          Intensive 4 1/2-Day Program

          The Ontario Parks Association instructors include experts from the industry including an architect, liability expert, lawyer, representative of the CSA Standards Association and others to give in-depth training on the following topics and includes an on-site demonstration at a local playground structure:


          Playspace Strategies Playspace Evaluation Playspace Management
          space requirements playvalue and hazard identification liability and insurance
          playability inspection and maintenance due diligence
          access/egress requirements surfacing evaluation contractual obligations
          playspace design record keeping risk management
          age appropriate issues CSA overview owner/operator responsibilities
          playspace materials corrective actions employee/manager responsibilities
          playspace construction   playvalue and practical choices

           

          Principal Instructor Peter Kells

          Industrial Designer involved with the design of playground and recreation equipment since 1984. Involved with the writing of both the CSA playground standard and other international Standards. Executive member of IPA Canada (International Association for the Child's Right to Play). Playground Inspector since 2000.

           

          Upon completion of the program and achievement of a passing grade in the written examination(s) the participant will be registered by the Ontario Parks Association as a "Playground Practitioner" and is qualified to inspect playgrounds.

           

          The OPA Registered Playground Practitioner Program is recognized as a playground safety course for inspectors by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services.


          Attendees are required to purchase a copy of the new CSA Z614-14 Standard. The test at the end of the course is open book so attendees will need their own copy (sharing books is not permitted). Attendees can choose to either use the PDF version and bring it on their tablet or other electronic device (so long as they can turn off the use of internet / text messaging for the test as any use of outside sources is considered cheating and will not receive a passing grade) or the hard copy of the book. Books can be purchased at the CSA Online Shop ( http://shop.csa.ca/en/canada/injury-prevention/z614-14/invt/27019532014 )

           


          Date:

          October 15-19, 2018


          Time:

          Monday - Thursday 8:00am to 5:00pm 

          Friday 8am -3:30pm

          The course will start promptly at 8:00am each day.


          Location:

          Whitby Hydro Building - please use South Entrance ( a door will be opened for you) ~ you will need to sign in daily as an off site visitor
          98 Taunton Road East
          Whitby, ON L1R 3L5 

          Practical site: McKinney Park ~ 600 metres to the North of the classroom
          Map from class room to park (10 minute walk) ~ https://goo.gl/maps/5YU7sZC2RM82

          Parking is available at the Town of Whitby Employee parking lot across the street 333 McKinney Drive ~ Map from Employee parking lot to Hydro Building ~ https://goo.gl/maps/NyxvpsyZrr52

          COST:
          OPA Members: $1,268.00
          Non-Members: $1,498.00

          Please note: meals are not provided at this training session. Attendees will be required to bring or buy their own lunch, coffee and snacks. 

          • 22 Oct 2018
          • 8:30 AM
          • 23 Oct 2018
          • 4:30 PM
          • Downsview Park Operations Shop Unit 3B - 60 Carl Hall Road, Toronto, ON M3K 2C1
          • 9
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          TRAILS SPECIALIST WORKSHOP

           

          This two day workshop has been designed by professionals for all levels of trail builders and enthusiasts. You will receive instruction on how to observe, detect and document potential risk resulting from poor trail design, construction and maintenance. This workshop combines in classroom theory and hands-on experiences. 


          This course will cover:

          • Overview of Professional Trail Building
          • The Science of Trail Building
          • Maintenance of Trails
          • Environmental Impacts
          • Liability Issues
          • Handwork and Trail Construction Techniques

          DATE: October 22 & 23, 2018

          TIME: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm both days
          LOCATION:
          Downsview Park Operations Shop - Unit 3B
          60 Carl Hall Road
          Toronto, ON M3K 2C1


          Outdoor location to be determined.

          COURSE COST:

          OPA Member: $403.80

          Potential Member: $633.90


          Participants are required to have a CSA approved hard hat, safety glasses, closed toe safety shoes/boots, and gloves. 

          It is recommended that the participant bring with them the following equipment: 
          • pin flags
          • clinometer 
          • pulaski
          • mcleod rake
          And/or any other trail building tools/equipment the organization, government agency or participant intends to use for trail design, building and maintenance. The idea behind having your own tools/equipment onsite is to allow the opportunity for it to be integrated into the course and suit the specific needs/wants and desires of the participants.

          Please note: A bagged lunch is required at this course
          This course is an Ontario Trails Council approved training program.

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