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Upcoming events

    • 28 Feb 2017
    • 7:30 AM
    • 01 Mar 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Niagara on the Lake Community Centre (Mori Room) - 14 Anderson Lane, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0
    • 3

    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:

    February 28 & March 1, 2017


    Time:

    7:30am to 4:00pm


    Location:

    Niagara-on-the-Lake Community Centre (Mori Room)
    14 Anderson Lane
    NOTL, ON L0S 1J0

    The location of the woodlot/trail is off of Charlotte Street. The closest address is 602 Charlotte Street. 
    The practical location is approx 4 minutes away from the classroom 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) .

    • 20 Mar 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • 24 Mar 2017
    • Iroquois Park Sports Complex - 500 Victoria Street West, Whitby, ON L1N 9G4
    • 17

    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 March 3rd, 2017**


    Date:

    March 20th - 24th, 2017


    Time:

    8:00am to 5:00pm 


    The course will start promptly at 8:00am


    Location:

    Iroquois Park Sports Complex 

    500 Victoria Street West, 

    Whitby, ON L1N 9G4  


    Monday Classroom - Large Mezzanine Boardroom

    Tuesday - Friday Classroom - Whitney Hall

    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. 

    • 26 Apr 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Cobourg Community Center - 750 D'Arcy Street, Cobourg, ON K9A 0G1
    • 18

    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: April 26, 2017

    Time: 8:00am - 4:30pm

    Location: 

    Cobourg Community Center
    750 D'Arcy St
    Cobourg, ON K9A 0G1


    Cost:

    OPA Member: $242.95

    Potential Member: $339.00

    ELOPA Member: $242.95


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


    • 10 May 2017
    • 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • City of Guelph - Exhibition Arena 70 Division Street, Guelph, ON N1H 4R5
    • 7

    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 10, 2017

    Time: 8:00am - 4:30pm

    Location:

    Exhibition Arena
    70 Division Street
    Guelph, Ontario N1H 4R5 

    Outdoor Portion: Hastings Stadium (adjacent to the arena)

    Cost:

    OPA Member: $242.95
    Potential Member: $339.00

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


    • 10 May 2017
    • 8:30 AM
    • 11 May 2017
    • 4:30 PM
    • Woodstock District Community Complex - 381 Finkle Street, Woodstock, ON N4V 1A3
    • 5

    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: May 10 & 11, 2017

    Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm

    Location: 

    Woodstock District Community Complex 

    381 Finkle Street

    Woodstock, ON N4V 1A3



    ***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).


    • 15 May 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • 17 May 2017
    • 4:00 PM
    • Barrie Operations Center - 165 Ferndale Drive North, Barrie, ON L4N 9V9
    • 27

    Managing and Maintaining Your Sports Turf Infrastructure

    A comprehensive three (3) day training and development program providing participants with current and evolving information and practices related to providing safe, quality public outdoor sports facilities. 

    Objectives

    • provide current and timely information, principles and best practices, to assist staff in their responsibility to maintain outdoor sports facilities in an efficient and effective manner
    • present the information in an interesting and re-enforced style, utilizing a variety of delivery mediums, including power points; DVD's; career experiences; and presentations from industry experts- e.g. grass seed, fertilizer, irrigation and wise water management, lighting, etc.
    • challenge participant engagement through situation, problem solving, case study situations
    • ensure ongoing available reference resources and materials by providing each participant with a comprehensive course information binder. 

    Summary:

    Day 1Introductions; Participant Expectations; Course Overview; Today's Challenges, Issues and Trends; Benefits of Grass and Sportsturf; Soil Types, Function and Drainage

    Day 2 - Review of Day 1; Characteristics and Selection of Grasses; Fertilizers and Nutrient Management; Cultural and Maintenance Best Practices; Plant Health Care; Irrigation and Wise Water Management; New Field Construction and/or Major Renovation

    Day 3Review of Day 2; Overview of Common Outdoor Sports Facilities, including natural grass and artificial surfaces, lighting, etc; Weather and Outdoor Sports; Risk Management; Maintenance Equipment; Final Review; Course Test

    Date: May 15 - 17, 2017

    Time: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

    Location: 

    Barrie Operations Center
    165 Ferndale Dr, North
    Barrie, ON L4N 9V9


    Cost:

    OPA Members: $593.25

    Potential OPA Members: $932.25


    Registration closes on April 25, 2016


    Please Note: Lunch will not be provided for this training session.

    • 30 May 2017
    • 8:30 AM
    • 31 May 2017
    • 4:30 PM
    • 165 Ferndale Drive North, Barrie, ON
    • 13

    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.



    • 05 Jun 2017
    • 8:30 AM
    • 06 Jun 2017
    • 4:30 PM
    • East Gwillimbury Sports Complex - 1914 Mount Albert Road, Sharon, ON, L0G 1V0
    • 15

    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
    • 21

    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**



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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