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Upcoming events

    • 12 Sep 2016
    • 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Legends on the Niagara, Niagara Falls

    7th Annual OPA Equipment Education Golf Forum

    September 12, 2016


    Legends on the Niagara

    9172 Willoughby Drive  

    Niagara Falls, ON L0S 1J0


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    Program at a Glance:



     Registration  7:45 AM 
     Hot Buffet Breakfast  8:00 AM
     Shot Gun Start   9:00 AM
     Welcome  2:15 PM
     Dinner  2:30 PM
     Prizes  3:30 PM
     



    GOLFER REGISTRATION OPTIONS:

    Level 1 – $120.00 per person - This option available until July 24

    Level 2 - $130 per person - This option available from July 25 to Aug. 21

    Level 3 - $145 per person - This option available from Aug. 22 to Sep. 1

     

    Includes:

    • Breakfast
    • Putting Range
    • 18 Holes of Golf w/Cart
    • Park Equipment/Product Displays
    • Dinner

    Contests:

    • Men’s & Women's Longest Drive
    • Men’s & Women's Closest to the Pin
    • Putting Contest
    • MOLOK Chippin' for the OPAF*
    *Fee to participate


    Click here for sponsorship opportunities


    Download a copy of the event flyer.




    Deadline for golf registration and payment is September 1st. Registration and payment are due together. Placement in foursomes cannot be confirmed until the whole group has paid in full.

     

    Registration forms may be sent by:

    Fax: 905-864-6184

    Email: shelley@ontarioparksassociation.ca

    Mail: 7856 5th Line South, Milton, ON L9T 2X8


    Payment: Pay online using PayPal, call the office with credit card information for processing or send a cheque made payable to Ontario Parks Association to:


    Ontario Parks Association

    7856 5th Line South, Milton, ON L9T 2X8


    Questions: For more information please contact Shelley May at OPA at shelley@ontarioparksassociation.ca or via phone at 905-864-6182 ext. 6710.


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    Accommodations: We have been provided an exclusive OPA rate at the Wyndham Garden Niagara Falls for those attending our event. 


    Special rate, available until August 11th, is as follows:

    Sunday, September 11: $84.95/night

    (Plus applicable taxes.)

    Wyndham Garden Niagara Falls Fallsview

    6170 Stanley Avenue
    Niagara Falls

    Just call 1-800-263-2565, press 0 for the Front Desk, and request the special OPA rate.

    (Limited number of rooms available at this rate.)

    Be sure to book by August 11th to take advantage of this reduced rate!

    • 12 Sep 2016
    • 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Legends on the Niagara Golf Course, Niagara Falls


    7th Annual OPA Equipment Education Golf Forum

    September 12, 2016

    Legends on the Niagara

    9172 Willoughby Drive  

    Niagara Falls, ON L0S 1J0


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    Sponsorship Opportunities


    Golf Cart Sponsor 1 Available

    • OPA Early-bird Member Price: $1,400  (open to members only until July 25)
    • OPA Member Late Bird / Potential Member Price: $1,600 (open to everyone July 26 to August 31)

    Package includes:

    • Sign on all tournament carts
    • Name on clubhouse banner
    • Product demo or display at clubhouse
    • Complimentary golf foursome

    Dinner Sponsor - Available
    • OPA Early-bird Member Price: $1,400 (open to members only until July 25)
    • OPA Member Late Bird / Potential Member Price: $1,600 (open to everyone July 26 to August 31)
    Package includes:
    • Sign at the dinner
    • Name on clubhouse banner
    • Product demo or display at clubhouse
    • Complimentary golf foursome

    Product Education Hole Sponsor 
    • OPA Early-bird Member Price: $850 (open to members only until July 25)
    • OPA Member Late Bird / Potential Member Price: $1,000 (open to everyone July 26 to August 31)
    Package includes:
    • Product display at tee
    • Name on clubhouse banner
    • Complimentary individual golfer


    Contest Sponsor

    • OPA Early-bird Member Price: $500  (open to members only until July 25)
    • OPA Member Late Bird / Potential Member Price: $600 (open to everyone July 26 to August 31)

    Available Contests:

    • Men's Longest Drive
    • Ladies' Longest Drive
    • Men's Closest to the Pin
    • Ladies' Closest to the Pin
    • Putting Contest
    Package includes:
    • Sign at tee
    • Name on clubhouse banner
    • Complimentary individual golfer


    Breakfast Sponsor

    • OPA Early-bird Member Price: $250  (open to members only until July 25)
    • OPA Late Bird / Potential Member Price: $350 (open to everyone July 26 to August 31)
    Package includes:
    • Sign at tee
    • Name on clubhouse banner


    Interested in registering as a golfer? Click here


    Download a copy of the event flyer.

     

    Deadline for sponsorship registration and payment is August 31, 2016 . Registration and payment are due together. Sponsorship package cannot be confirmed until payment is received. Sponsorship packages are issued on a first come first served basis.

     

    Registration Forms may be sent by:

    Fax: 905-864-6184

    Email: shelley@ontarioparksassociation.ca

    Mail: 7856 5th Line South, Milton, ON L9T 2X8


    Payment: Pay online using PayPal, call the office with credit card information for processing or send a cheque made payable to Ontario Parks Association to:


    Questions: For more information please contact Shelley May at OPA at shelley@ontarioparksassociation.ca 


    Accommodations: We have been provided an exclusive OPA rate at the Wyndham Garden Niagara Falls for those attending our event. 


    Special rate, available until August 11th, is as follows:

    Sunday, September 11: $84.95/night (Plus applicable taxes.)

    Wyndham Garden Niagara Falls Fallsview - 6170 Stanley Avenue, Niagara Falls

    Just call 1-800-263-2565, press 0 for the Front Desk, and request the special OPA rate. Please note that there are a limited number of rooms available at this rate.

    Be sure to book by August 11th to take advantage of this reduced rate!


    Program at a Glance:

     Registration  7:45 AM 
     Hot Buffet Breakfast  8:00 AM
     Shot Gun Start   9:00 AM
     Welcome  2:15 PM
     Dinner  2:30 PM
     Prizes  3:30 PM
     
    • 14 Sep 2016
    • 8:30 AM
    • 15 Sep 2016
    • 4:30 PM
    • Stoney Creek Municipal Centre (Saltfleet Room) 777 Hamilton Regional Road 8 Hamilton, ON L8E 5J4 (Practical - Winona Park - 1328 Barton Street East (approximately 3kms away)
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    Sorry, but this event is now sold out. You can join the waitlist and we will send you an email when additional spaces become available.

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    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 removeable
      • Determining shape/size
      • Sequencing and determining flow pattern
      • Surfacing options
    • Considerations for construction
    • Water treatment and testing
    • Flow through, recirculation and retain and reuse systems
    • Equipment (ie. pumps, strainers, UV)
    • Inspections (daily, pre-opening,  pre-season)
    • Signage
    • Winterizing
    • Ministry Guidelines

    Upon successful completion of this program participants will receive a certificate indicating that they have received basic operations awareness training as it pertains to spray pads. 

    Our instructor is City of London Aquatic Operations Supervisor Scott Bowron. Scott brings to this course extensive knowledge and expertise - with over 34 years in the industry and certification as a CPOI (Certified Pool Operator Instructor).

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


    Date: September 14 & 15, 2016

    Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm

    Location: 

    Stoney Creek Municipal Centre (Saltfleet Room)

    777 Hamilton Regional Road 8

    Hamilton, ON L8E 5J4


    Winona Park - Practical (approx: 3 kms away)

    1328 Barton Street East by Winona Road, Stoney Creek


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

    Please wear closed toe shoes to the training 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).

    • 17 Oct 2016
    • 8:00 AM
    • 21 Oct 2016
    • 5:00 PM
    • Des Newman Arena Complex (Iroquois Park) - Whitney Hall 500 Victoria Street West, Whitby, ON L1N 9G4
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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, 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, respresentative 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

    • space requirements
    • playability
    • access/egress requirements
    • playspace design
    • age appropriate issues
    • playspace materials
    • playspace construction

    Playspace Evaluation

    • playvalue and hazard identification
    • inspection and maintenance
    • surfacing evaluation
    • record keeping
    • CSA overview
    • corrective actions

    Playspace Management

    • liability and insurance
    • due diligence
    • contractual obligations
    • risk management
    • owner/operator responsibilities
    • employee/manager responsibilities
    • 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 )

     

    Cost:

    OPA Members - $1,243.00

    Non-Members - $1,469.00


    **Registration will close September 28th, 2016**


    Date:

    October 17th - 21st, 2016


    Time:

    8:00am to 5:00pm 


    The course will start promptly at 8:00am


    Location:

    Des Newman Arena Complex (Iroquois Park) - Whitney Hall


    5​00 Victoria Street West, 

    Whitby, ON L1N 9G4  


    The playground is just outside the complex.


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


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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