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Upcoming events

    • 30 May 2017
    • 8:30 AM
    • 31 May 2017
    • 4:30 PM
    • Barrie Operations Centre - 165 Ferndale Drive North, Barrie, ON
    • 5

    Trails Specialist Workshop

     

    The 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. Participants will come away with a valuable Trails Manual and will complete a written test on key elements of the course.


    This course will cover:

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


    Dates:
    May 30 & 31, 2017

    Time:
    8:30 am to 4:30 pm both days

    Location: 
    In Class portion:
    Barrie Operations Center
    165 Ferndale Drive North
    Barrie, ON L4N 9V9

    Outdoor Practical Portion: Approx 5 mins away
    277 Sunnidale Rd
    Barrie, ON L4N 5P1


    Course Cost:

    OPA Member: $395.50

    Potential Member: $621.50


    Please note: A bagged lunch is required at this course 

    Participants are required to have a hard hat, safety glasses, closed toe footwear (CSA rating preferred), and gloves. 

    It is recommended that the participant brings with them the following equipment if possible: pin flags, clinometers, pulaskis, mcloeds 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.

    This course is an Ontario Trails Council approved training program.



    • 02 Jun 2017
    • Legends on the Niagara - 9561 Niagara River Parkway Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6S6
    • 1

    2017 Dave Gower 

    Memorial Event


    Sponsorship Opportunities

    ***REGISTRATION CLOSES May 23rd ***


    JUNE 1 AGM EVENT SCHEDULE:

    6:30 pm - Meet & Greet

    7:00 pm - OPA AGM

    8:00 pm - OPAF AGM

    8:30 pm - Social Time


    Where: Queen Victoria Place Restaurant, Patio                            6345 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, ON

    Cost:     INCLUDED with golf registration

     

    JUNE 2 GOLF EVENT SCHEDULE: 

    8:00 - 8:45 am - Registration & Breakfast

    9:00 am SHARP - Golf

    2:00 pm - Reception

    2:45 pm - Dinner and Prizes 


    Location: Legends on the Niagara,                                             9561 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, ON


    BACK FOR 2017

    • Option to compete in the Molok Chippin' for OPAF contest*
    *Additional fee to participate

    HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: 

    Best Western Fallsview, 6289 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON. OPA event rate is $72 plus taxes, plus discounted self parking rate of $10. Call 1-800-263-2580  and  request the OPAF Dave Gower Event block of rooms. 

    NOTE: Preferred rate will apply until May 17th. Limited number of rooms available.

     

    Sponsorship Opportunities:

    THURSDAY MEET & GREET PACKAGE - $2,000 

      • Recognition signage at event
      • Product display at Meet & Greet
      • 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 29th

         

        GOLF PACKAGE - $2,500 - TAKEN - FIBERTOP

        • Premium clubhouse banner position
        • Name on clubhouse banner
        • Signage placement on golf course
        • Complimentary golf foursome
        • One double room accommodation at the Best Western Fallsview on the Thursday evening
        • Option to include gift or promo item in grab bag (min. 120). Items to be sent to OPA office by May 29th
        • Your logo on giveaway

          

        GOLF CARTS PACKAGE - TAKEN - Openspace Solutions / Shadeview Structures

        • 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 29th

        DINNER PACKAGE - $2,000

        • 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 29th


          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 29th

            CONTEST SPONSOR - $400

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

              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?

               

              • 02 Jun 2017
              • Legends on the Niagara- 9561 Niagara River Parkway Niagara Falls, ON L2E 6S6

              2017 Dave Gower 

              Memorial Event


              Register by May 15th to qualify for the early bird prize draw for an Ivory Silk Japanese Lilac Tree courtesy of our friends at Sheridan Nurseries!!


              JUNE 1 AGM EVENT SCHEDULE:

              6:30 pm - Meet & Greet

              7:00 pm - OPA AGM

              8:00 pm - OPAF AGM

              8:30 pm - Social Time


              Where: Queen Victoria Place Restaurant, Patio                            6345 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls

              Cost:     INCLUDED with golf registration

               

              JUNE 2 GOLF EVENT SCHEDULE: 

              8:00 - 8:45 am - Registration & Breakfast

              9:00 am SHARP - Golf

              2:00 pm - Reception

              2:45 pm - Dinner and Prizes 


              Location: Legends on the Niagara                                        9561 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, ON


              HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS: 

              Best Western Fallsview, 6289 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON. OPA event rate is $72 plus taxes, plus discounted self parking rate of $10. Call 1-800-263-2580  and  request the OPAF Dave Gower Event block of rooms. 

              NOTE: Preferred rate will apply until May 17th. Limited number of rooms available.

               


              GOLF: Foursome - Scramble Format

              Cost: $150 per person

              Price includes:        

              • Thursday evening Meet & Greet
              • Continental breakfast 
              • Golf & cart
              • Dinner
              • Various giveaways
              BACK FOR 2017
              • Option to compete in the Molok Chippin' for OPAF contest*
              *Additional fee to participate


              Download the event flyer.

              Looking for Sponsorship Opportunities? 
              click here to be redirected to the Sponsorship page.


               

              • 05 Jun 2017
              • 8:30 AM
              • 06 Jun 2017
              • 4:30 PM
              • East Gwillimbury Sports Complex - 1914 Mount Albert Road, Sharon, ON, L0G 1V0
              • 6

              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

              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 Scott Bowron brings to this course his 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: June 5 & 6, 2017

              Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm

              Location: 

              East Gwillimbury Sports Complex ( Canada Hall A)

              1914B  Mount Albert Road

              Sharon, ON L0G 1V0


              Practical: 

              Holland Community Centre (HLCC)

              19513 Younge Street

              Holland Landing, ON L9N 1L8


              See Map (approx. 9 mins away)


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

              OPA Member Price: $395.50 
              Potential Member Price: $525.50


              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).


              • 07 Jun 2017
              • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
              • Municipality of Chatham-Kent - Rotary Park - 30 Tweedsmuir Ave Chatham, ON N7M 2A4
              • 15

              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 7, 2017

              Time: 8:00am - 4:30pm

              Location:

              Rotary Park - Chatham Minor Ball Office and Learning Centre
              30 Tweedsmuir Ave
              Chatham, ON N7M 2A4 

              Cost:
              OPA Member: $242.95
              Potential Member: $339.00

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


              • 26 Jun 2017
              • 8:30 AM
              • 27 Jun 2017
              • 4:30 PM
              • Beaver Valley Ski Club - 100 Pioneer Dr, Markdale, ON N0C 1H0
              • 5

              Parks Oriented Chainsaw Safety Training


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

               

              This two 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 shoes, full leg chaps or ballistic pants.


              Date:

              June 26 & 27, 2017


              Time:

              8:30am to 4:30pm



              Location:

              Beaver Valley Ski Club  (Main Clubhouse)
              100 Pioneer Drive
              Markdale, ON N0C 1H0


              Lunch is NOT provided at this location – please bring a bagged 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) .

              • 03 Oct 2017
              • 8:30 AM
              • 04 Oct 2017
              • 4:30 PM
              • Wilmot Recreation Complex - 1291 Nafziger Rd, Baden, ON N3A 0C4
              • 9

              Trails Specialist Workshop

               

              The 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. Participants will come away with a valuable Trails Manual and will complete a written test on key elements of the course.


              This course will cover:

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


              Dates:
              October 3 & 4, 2017

              Time:
              8:30 am to 4:30 pm both days

              Location: 
              Wilmot Recreation Complex -Program Room
              1291 Nafziger Road
              Baden, ON N3A 0C4


              Course Cost:

              OPA Member: $395.50

              Potential Member: $621.50


              Please note: A bagged lunch is required at this course 

              Participants are required to have a hard hat, safety glasses, closed toe footwear (CSA rating preferred), and gloves. 

              It is recommended that the participant bring with them the following equipment: 
              • pin flags, 
              • clinometers, 
              • pulaskis, 
              • mcloeds 
              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.

              This course is an Ontario Trails Council approved training program.



              • 23 Oct 2017
              • 8:00 AM
              • 27 Oct 2017
              • 5:00 PM
              • Earl Nichols Park and Arena - 799 Homeview Road, London, ON N6C 5J4
              • 26

              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 )

               



              Date:

              October 23 - 27, 2017


              Location:

              Earl Nichols Park & Arena  

              799 Home View Road 

              London, ON N6C 5J4  


              Time:

              8:00am to 5:00pm 


              The course will start promptly at 8:00am


              **Registration will close October 2, 2017**


              Cost:

              OPA Members - $1,243.00

              Non-Members - $1,469.00



              Please note: meals are not provided at this training session. Attendees will be required to bring 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

            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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