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Upcoming events

    • 01 Apr 2019
    • 7:30 AM
    • 02 Apr 2019
    • 3:30 PM
    • City of Woodstock~ Cowan Park - 895 Ridgewood Drive, Woodstock, ON N4T 0A6
    • 6
    Register

    CHAINSAW SAFETY AWARENESS TRAINING -TWO DAY 


    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:

    April 1 & 2, 2019


    Time:

    7:30am to 3:30pm


    In-Class Location:

    Cowan Park
    895 Ridgewood Drive
    Woodstock, ON N4T 0A6

    Outdoor Location (6 minute drive):  Lion’s Trail entrance ~ 51 Bexley Street, Woodstock, ON N4S 5X7

    Lunch is NOT provided at this location – please bring a lunch, snacks and drinks (water etc..) 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) .

    • 08 Apr 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 12 Apr 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • City of Cambridge ~ Hespeler Memorial Arena - 640 Ellis Rd, Cambridge, ON N3C 4N1
    • 24
    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:

    April 8, 2019 - April 12, 2019



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

    LOCATION:

    Hespeler Memorial Arena ~ The Meeting 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 2019
    • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Township of Guelph/Eramosa ~ Royal Distributing Athletic Performance Centre ~ Learning Room - 7384 Wellington Road 30, Guelph, ON N1H 6J2
    • 20
    Register

    IRRIGATION TECHNICIAN WORKSHOP


    This one-day Irrigation Workshop has been designed specifically for our front line Parks staff, addressing irrigation issues as they pertain to parks and sports fields. 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 Demonstrations
    • Irrigation Controls 
    • New technologies - wireless soil monitoring, weather-based control and central control
    • A full afternoon of outdoor onsite demonstrations

    DATE: April 24, 2019

    TIME: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM 

    LOCATION:
    Royal Distributing Athletic Performance Centre ~ Learning Room 
    7384 Wellington Rd. 30
    Guelph, ON N1H 6J2


    Outdoor location: On Site

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

    Lunch is not provided at this workshop, please bring a bagged lunch. Please wear closed toe shoes to this workshop.


    • 01 May 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Town of Ingersoll ~ Victoria Park Community Centre - 355 Wellington St, Ingersoll, ON N5C 1T2
    • 27
    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 1, 2019
    Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm

    Location:
    Victoria Park Community Centre   
    355 Wellington St
    Ingersoll, ON N5C 1T2  

    Outdoor location: On site

    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. 

    • 06 May 2019
    • 7:30 AM
    • 07 May 2019
    • 3:30 PM
    • Whitewater Region Municipal Office - Community Hall - 44 Main Street, Cobden, ON K0J 1K0
    • 2
    Register

    CHAINSAW SAFETY AWARENESS TRAINING -TWO DAY 


    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 6 & 7, 2019


    Time:

    7:30am to 3:30pm


    In-Class Location:

    Whitewater Region Municipal Office - Community Hall
    44 Main Street
    Cobden, ON K0J 1K0

    Outdoor Location: TBD

    Lunch is NOT provided at this location – please bring a lunch, snacks and drinks (water etc..) 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) .

    • 08 May 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • City of Hamilton ~ Morgan Firestone Arena - 385 Jerseyville Rd W, Ancaster, ON L9G 3L5
    • 24
    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 8, 2019
    Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

    Location:
    Morgan Firestone Arena   
    385 Jerseyville Rd W
    Ancaster, ON L9G 3L5  

    Outdoor location: On site

    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. 

    • 13 May 2019
    • 8:30 AM
    • 14 May 2019
    • 4:30 PM
    • City of Windsor~ Gino and Liz Marcus Community Complex - 1168 Drouillard Road, Windsor, ON N8Y 2R1
    • 11
    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 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 13 & 14, 2019

    TIME: 8:30am - 4:30pm

    LOCATION: City of Windsor

    Gino and Liz Marcus Community Complex
    1168 Drouillard Road
    Windsor, ON N8Y 2R1

    SPRAY PAD PRACTICAL SITE: Gary Dugal Park 

    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, drinks and snacks 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).


    • 15 May 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Township of Woolwich ~ Woolwich Memorial Centre - 24 Snyder Avenue South Elmira, ON N3B 1K8
    • 22
    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 15, 2019
    Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm

    Location:
    Woolwich Memorial Centre ~ Community Centre   
    24 Snyder Ave. South
    Elmira, ON N3B 1K8  

    Outdoor location: On site

    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. 

    • 13 Jun 2019
    • 8:30 AM
    • 14 Jun 2019
    • 4:30 PM
    • Fleming Centre Beamsville - Meeting Room B ~ 5020 Serena Drive Beamsville, ON L0R 1B8
    • 3
    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 Lincoln

    Fleming Centre Beamsville - Meeting Room B
    5020 Serena Drive
    Beamsville, ON L0R 1B8

    SPRAY PAD PRACTICAL SITE: 
    Hilary Bald Park Splash Pad
    4485 Garden Gate Terrace  
    Beamsville, ON L0R 1B9

    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, drinks and snacks 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).


    • 28 Oct 2019
    • 8:00 AM
    • 01 Nov 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Town of East Gwillimbury ~ East Gwillimbury Sports Complex - 1914B Mt Albert Rd, Sharon, ON L0G 1V0
    • 27
    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:

    October 28th - November 1st, 2019 (Please note the Thursday of this training falls on Halloween) 



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

    LOCATION:

    East Gwillimbury Sports Complex ~ Ontario Loft
    1914B Mt. Albert Road 
    Sharon, ON L0G 1V0

    Practical location is within a 5 minute walk


    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. 

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