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    • 20 Apr 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 21 Apr 2020
    • 4:30 PM
    • Township of West Lincoln ~ West Lincoln Arena & Community Centre - 177 West Street Smithville, ON L0R 2A0
    • 3

    COURSE POSTPONED DUE TO COVID

    Working safely in a parks environment requires a comprehensive understanding of the tasks at hand and the equipment designed to effectively and efficiently perform the work. Today’s parks and open space practitioners must be able to function in various capacities. 

    This two day course is designed to help enhance the competencies of both new employees and seasoned employees, while setting the right foundation blocks for those being introduced to the world of green space maintenance and management. Participants will be introduced to industry best practices, equipment, health and safety in the workplace and liability of the employee or municipality. Participants will also practice documentation and learn legislative requirements for protecting the municipality.

    This course will cover:

    • Legislation (OH&S, Bill C-45, WHMIS)
    • Personal Safety (potential hazards, PPE)
    • Accident Investigation & Documentation
    • Invasive Species
    • Best Practices
    • Equipment Types & Operation
    • CVOR
    • Fuel Handling


    This course is worth 2 credits towards the Parks Practitioner Designation Program.


    Date: April 20 & 21, 2020

    Time: 8:00am to 4:30pm

    Location: Township of West LincolnWest Lincoln Arena & Community Centre177 West Street, Smithville, ON L0R 2A0


    Course Cost: 
    OPA Member Rate: $416.00
    Potential Member Rate: $653.00

     

    Please ensure CSA approved safety boots are worn to this course.


    • 22 Apr 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • City of Woodstock ~ Southside Parks Shop - 192 Old Wellington St S, Woodstock, ON N4S 3J3
    • 13

    COURSE POSTPONED DUE TO COVID

    Ball Field's require regular maintenance to keep them looking good and in a safe condition for public use. This program will teach you how to maintain every aspect of your Ball Field, from home plate to infield through practical hands-on experiences. 


    Through this workshop you will be learning and practicing:

    • Safety Issues
    • Equipment Required
    • Home Plate Maintenance
    • Mound Maintenance
    • Edge and Lip Maintenance
    • Infield Grooming


    This course is hands-on and will be conducted outdoors so proper PPE is mandatory (appropriate outdoor work clothes, steel toed boots, gloves, safety glasses, ear protection etc...).

      Date: April 22, 2020

      Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm
      LocationSouthside Parks Shop, 192 Old Wellington St S, Woodstock, ON N4S 3J3

      Course Cost:
      OPA Member Price: $255.00
      Potential Member Price: $356.00

      **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 Apr 2020
      • 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
      • City of Kitchener ~Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre -150 Pioneer Drive, Kitchener, ON N2P 2C2
      • 15

      COURSE POSTPONED DUE TO COVID

      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 28, 2020

      TIME: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM 

      INDOOR LOCATION: Doon Pioneer Park Community Centre, 150 Pioneer Park Drive, 
      Kitchener, ON N2P 2C2

      OUTDOOR LOCATION: Upper Canada Park, 120 Pioneer Park Drive, Kitchener, ON 

      COST:

      • OPA Member: $255.00 per person
      • Potential Member: $356.00 per person

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


      • 04 May 2020
      • 7:30 AM
      • 05 May 2020
      • 3:30 PM
      • Niagara Falls ~ Legends on the Niagara Golf Complex Maintenance Facility - 3281 Weinbrenner Road, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 7K6
      • 7

      POSTPONED DUE TO COVID


      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
      • Identification and inspection of 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

      • CSA Approved Type 1 or Type 2 Class C or E helmet (within 5 years old)
      • Hearing protection (exceeds 85 decimals)
      • Gloves (comfortable fitting leather or composite)
      • Eye protection
      • Safety Boots (Green Patch Safety approved with a minimum height of 7 eyelets)
      • Full leg chaps or Chainsaw Pants with UL label that is visible (3000 feet per minute (FPM) or greater)


      Date: May 4 & 5, 2020

      Time: 7:30AM - 3:30PM

      Location:  3281 Weinbrenner Road, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 7K6 (This is the Legends on the Niagara Golf Complex maintenance facility. Please see map below, the in-class facility is located by the X)

      Course Cost:

      • OPA Members: $475.00
      • Potential Members: $611.00

      LUNCH IS NOT PROVIDED AT THIS TRAINING SESSION - PLEASE BRING A BAGGED LUNCH

      • 06 May 2020
      • 7:30 AM - 3:30 PM
      • Niagara Falls ~ Legends on the Niagara Golf Complex Maintenance Facility - 3281 Weinbrenner Road, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 7K6
      • 8

      POSTPONED DUE TO COVID


      OPA requires Chainsaw Card Holders to refresh their knowledge of safe saw techniques every three 3 years. This one (1) day refresher seminar helps satisfy these requirements.


      Prerequisite: Successful completion of the OPA Two Day Parks Oriented Chainsaw Safety Training course. Once registered the OPA office will validate your eligibility to attend this training and we will then send an invoice for payment.

      The course will cover:

      • PPE & Legislative Requirements 
      • Chainsaw Maintenance & Sharpening Techniques 
      • Safe Chainsaw Starting & Handling Practices 
      • Field Practices (Felling [Notching & Back Cutting], Bucking Techniques & Tools)

      Date: May 6, 2020
      Time: 7:30AM - 3:30PM
      In-Class Location: 3281 Weinbrenner Road, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 7K6 (
      This is the Legends on the Niagara Golf Complex maintenance facility. Please see map below, the in-class facility is located by the X)

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

      • CSA Approved Type 1 or Type 2 Class C or E helmet (within 5 years old)
      • Hearing protection (exceeds 85 decimals)
      • Gloves (comfortable fitting leather or composite)
      • Eye protection
      • Safety Boots (Green Patch Safety approved with a minimum height of 7 eyelets)
      • Full leg chaps or Chainsaw Pants with UL label that is visible (3000 feet per minute (FPM) or greater)

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

      • 13 May 2020
      • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
      • Town of Minto ~ Palmerston Community Centre - 520 Cavan St, Palmerston, ON N0G 2P0
      • 16
      Register

      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 in-class workshop 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


      Date: May 13, 2020
      Time: 8:00am - 4:00pm

      Location: Palmerston Community Centre, 520 Cavan Street, Palmerston, ON N0G 2P0 

      Course Cost:

      • OPA Member Price: $255.00
      • Potential Member Price: $356.00


      **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. 

      • 20 May 2020
      • 8:30 AM
      • 21 May 2020
      • 4:30 PM
      • Municipality of Brockton~ Walkerton Community Centre ~ 290 Durham Street West, Walkerton, ON N0G 2V0
      • 11
      Register

      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 20 & 21, 2020

      TIME: 8:30am - 4:30pm

      LOCATION: Walkerton Community Centre, 290 Durham Street West, Walkerton, ON N0G 2V0

      SPRAY PAD PRACTICAL SITE: Walkerton Kinsmen Splash Pad ~ 1 James St., Walkerton, ON N0G 2V0

      Course Cost:

      • OPA Member Price: $416.00
      • Potential Member Price: $653.00

      ***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 once an invoice has been sent from the office, 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 or 6720).


      • 26 May 2020
      • 8:30 AM
      • 27 May 2020
      • 4:30 PM
      • Town of East Gwillimbury ~ East Gwillimbury Sports Complex - 1914B Mount Albert Rd., Sharon, ON L0G 1V0
      • 11
      Register

      This two day course is an introduction to understand professional trail development and how it relates to trail maintenance. You will receive instruction on how to observe, detect, document and mitigate potential risk resulting from poor trail design, construction and maintenance. This workshop combines in classroom theory and hands-on experiences. Participants will leave the course with a tool kit on how to create and implement a successful trail maintenance program. This course will cover all types of trails from natural surface single track to 3 metre wide crushed aggregate. 

      The course will cover:

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

      DATE: May 26 & 27, 2020
      TIME: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
      LOCATION: East Gwillimbury Sports Complex, 1914B Mount Albert Rd., Sharon, ON L0G 1V0

      OUTDOOR LOCATION: Nokiidaa Trail ~ 72 Holland River Blvd, Holland Landing, ON L9N 1C3
      Nokiidaa-Rogers Trail.pdf

      COURSE COST:

      OPA Member: $416.00

      Potential Member: $653.00


      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

      • 27 May 2020
      • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
      • Victoria Park Community Center, 355 Wellington St. Ingersoll Ontario, N5C 1T2
      • 5
      Register

      The Ministry of Labour requires that all parks professionals who use a chainsaw on the job must be trained in the safe operation of a chainsaw. This one day course is designed for those who will use a chainsaw for limbing, bucking and felling small trees (smaller than 5” dbh) and limbs that are on the ground. Course participants will be educated about chainsaw safety, maintenance, use and handling.

      The course will cover:  
      • Chainsaw safety
      • Starting and stopping techniques
      • Chainsaw maintenance
      • PPE
      • Limbing and bucking
      • Technical cutting & small tree felling

      Please note: Chainsaws will be supplied for use for this training session

      DATE: Wednesday May 27, 2020

      TIME: 8:00am to 4:00pm

      LOCATION: Victoria Park Community Center, 355 Wellington St. Ingersoll Ontario, N5C 1T2

      COURSE COST:
      • OPA Members: $290.00
      • Potential Members: $374.00

      PLEASE NOTE - PARTICIPANTS MUST HAVE PROPER PPE IN ORDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS COURSE

      • CSA Approved Type 1 or Type 2 Class C or E helmet (within 5 years old)
      • Hearing protection (exceeds 85 decimals)
      • Gloves (comfortable fitting leather or composite)
      • Eye protection
      • Safety Boots (Green Patch Safety approved with ankle protection - safety shoes or Blundstones are not acceptable)
      • Full leg chaps or Chainsaw Pants with UL label that is visible (3000 feet per minute (FPM) or greater)


      Lunch is NOT provided at this location – please bring a bagged lunch for this day.

       

      Register online and we will send an invoice to you, payment can be made via credit card once the invoice has been sent to your email, a cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association) or by calling the OPA office with a credit card for processing. (905-864-6182, ext. 6710 or 6720).

      • 09 Jun 2020
      • 8:30 AM
      • 10 Jun 2020
      • 4:30 PM
      • Town of Saugeen Shores ~ The Plex - 600 Tomilinson Drive Port Elgin, ON N0H 2C0
      • 12
      Register

      This two day course is an introduction to understand professional trail development and how it relates to trail maintenance. You will receive instruction on how to observe, detect, document and mitigate potential risk resulting from poor trail design, construction and maintenance. This workshop combines in classroom theory and hands-on experiences. Participants will leave the course with a tool kit on how to create and implement a successful trail maintenance program. This course will cover all types of trails from natural surface single track to 3 metre wide crushed aggregate. 


      This course will cover:

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

      DATE: June 9 & 10, 2020
      TIME: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm both days
      LOCATION:
      The Plex
      600 Tomilinson Drive
      Port Elgin, ON N0H 2C0


      OUTDOOR LOCATION: 345 Concession Rd. 10, Port Elgin, ON 


      COURSE COST:

      OPA Member: $416.00

      Potential Member: $653.00


      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.

      • 11 Jun 2020
      • Heron Point Golf Links, Dunmark Road, Alberton

      Registration is not open yet. Please save the date and check back soon!

      June 11, 2020 - Event Schedule (Rain or Shine!):

      • 7:45am: Registration & Breakfast
      • 8:30am: Tee Off
      • 1:45pm: Reception
      • 2:30pm: Dinner & Prizes


      Location: Heron Point Golf Links, Dunmark Road, Alberton



      Hotel Accommodations: Coming soon


      Cost: $160 per person

      Price includes:        

      • Continental breakfast 
      • Golf & cart
      • Dinner
      • Various giveaways
      • 11 Jun 2020
      • Heron Point Golf Links, Dunmark Road, Alberton
      • 20

      Registration is not open yet. Please save the date and check back soon!

      June 11 Event Schedule (Rain or shine)

      • 7:45am: Registration & Breakfast
      • 8:30am: Tee Off
      • 1:45pm: Reception
      • 2:30pm: Dinner & Prizes

      Location: Heron Point Golf Links, Dunmark Road, Alberton


      SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

      Golf Package - $2,000

      • 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 31st


      Golf Cart Package - $1,500

      • 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

      • 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 31st


      Breakfast Package - $1,000

      • Recognition signage at event
      • Name on clubhouse banner
      • Complimentary golf twosome
      • Option to include gift or promo item in grab bag (min. 120). Items to be sent to OPA office by May 31st

      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
          • Putting Contest Sponsor



        Silver Sponsor - $300

        • Signage on tee
        • Name on clubhouse banner
        • 23 Jun 2020
        • 8:30 AM
        • 24 Jun 2020
        • 4:30 PM
        • Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville ~ 5-2 Firehall - 15400 ON-48, Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON L4A 7X4
        • 12
        Register

        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 23 & 24, 2020

        TIME: 8:30am - 4:30pm

        LOCATION: 5-2 Firehall  ~ Training Room, 15400 ON-48. Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON L4A 7X4

        SPRAY PAD PRACTICAL SITE:  Coultice Park14769 Ninth Line,Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON L4A 7X3

        Course Costing:

        • OPA Member Price: $416.00 
        • Potential Member Price: $653.00

        ***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 once an invoice has been sent from the office, 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).

        • 22 Sep 2020
        • 8:30 AM
        • 23 Sep 2020
        • 4:30 PM
        • Township of West Lincoln ~ West Lincoln Arena & Community Centre - 177 West Street Smithville, ON L0R 2A0
        • 18
        Register

        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: September 22 & 23, 2020

        TIME: 8:30am - 4:30pm

        LOCATION: West Lincoln Arena & Community Centre, 177 West Street
        Smithville, ON L0R 2A0

        SPRAY PAD PRACTICAL SITE:  On Site

        Course Costing:
        OPA Member Price: $416.00 
        Potential Member Price: $653.00

        ***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 once an invoice has been sent from the office, 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 Sep 2020
        • 8:30 AM
        • 30 Sep 2020
        • 4:30 PM
        • City of Woodstock ~ Cowan Sportsplex - 895 Ridgewood Drive, Woodstock, ON N4S 7W2
        • 14
        Register

        This two day course is an introduction to understand professional trail development and how it relates to trail maintenance. You will receive instruction on how to observe, detect, document and mitigate potential risk resulting from poor trail design, construction and maintenance. This workshop combines in classroom theory and hands-on experiences. Participants will leave the course with a tool kit on how to create and implement a successful trail maintenance program. This course will cover all types of trails from natural surface single track to 3 metre wide crushed aggregate. 


        This course will cover:

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

        DATE: September 29 & 30, 2020
        TIME: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm both days
        INDOOR LOCATION: Cowan Sports Plex, 895 Ridgewood Drive Woodstock, ON N4S 7W2

        OUTDOOR LOCATION: Shanna Larsen Park ~ 48 Upper Thames, Woodstock, ON N4S 7W2 


        COURSE COST:

        OPA Member: $416.00

        Potential Member: $653.00


        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

        • 05 Oct 2020
        • 8:00 AM
        • 06 Oct 2020
        • 4:30 PM
        • City of Cambridge ~ Hespeler Memorial Arena - 640 Ellis Road, Cambridge, ON N3C 4N1
        • 14
        Register

        Working safely in a parks environment requires a comprehensive understanding of the tasks at hand and the equipment designed to effectively and efficiently perform the work. Today’s parks and open space practitioners must be able to function in various capacities. 

        This two day course is designed to help enhance the competencies of both new employees and seasoned employees, while setting the right foundation blocks for those being introduced to the world of green space maintenance and management. Participants will be introduced to industry best practices, equipment, health and safety in the workplace and liability of the employee or municipality. Participants will also practice documentation and learn legislative requirements for protecting the municipality.

        This course will cover:

        • Legislation (OH&S, Bill C-45, WHMIS)
        • Personal Safety (potential hazards, PPE)
        • Accident Investigation & Documentation
        • Invasive Species
        • Best Practices
        • Equipment Types & Operation
        • CVOR
        • Fuel Handling

        This course is worth 2 credits towards the Parks Practitioner Designation Program.


        Date: October 5 & 6 , 2020

        Time: 8:00am to 4:30pm

        Location: City of Cambridge - Hespeler Memorial Arena - Meeting Room,  640 Ellis RoadCambridge, ON N3C 4N1


        Course Cost: 

        OPA Member Rate: $416.00

        Potential Member Rate: $653.00

         

        Please ensure CSA approved safety boots are worn to this course.


        • 19 Oct 2020
        • 8:00 AM
        • 23 Oct 2020
        • 5:00 PM
        • Town of Whitby Operations Building - 333 McKinney Drive Whitby, ON L1R 3M2
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        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 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 ( https://store.csagroup.org/ccrz__ProductDetails?viewState=DetailView&cartID=&sku=CAN/CSA-Z614-14&isCSRFlow=true&portalUser=&store=&cclcl=en_US )

         


        DATE: October 19th - 23rd, 2020 

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

        LOCATION: Town of Whitby Operations Building - 333 McKinney Drive, Whitby, ON L1R 3M2

        Practical location: McKinney Park (formerly known as Folkstone Park) is a 5 min walk from the classroom.

        Cost:

        • OPA Members: $1,306.00
        • Non-Members: $1,543.00


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

      Course Hosting: For your convenience and to help stretch your budget dollars, OPA will bring any of our courses to your municipality or organization. We encourage you to let us know if you are interested even if you can only send one or two staff. We will promote your training to neighbouring organizations to fill the course and foster opportunities for networking with other people in the industry. Email us at training@ontarioparksassociation.ca if you are interested in hosting a course.


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