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    • 02 Mar 2020
    • 7:00 AM
    • 03 Mar 2020
    • 3:00 PM
    • Township of King ~ Schomberg Community and Agricultural Arena ~ 251 Western Ave, Schomberg, ON L0G 1T0
    • 1
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    CHAINSAW SAFETY AWARENESS TRAINING -TWO DAY 

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

     

    This two (2) day seminar helps satisfy these requirements.

     

    The course will cover:


    • Safety regulations and PPE
    • 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: March 2 & 3, 2020

    Time: 7:00AM - 3:00PM

    In-Class Location:

    Schomberg Community and Agricultural Arena 
    251 Western Ave
    Schomberg, ON L0G 1T0

    Outdoor Location: On site

    Course Cost:
    OPA Members: $475.00
    Potential Members: $611.00

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

    • 23 Mar 2020
    • 7:30 AM
    • 24 Mar 2020
    • 3:30 PM
    • Middlesex Centre ~ Coldstream Community Centre ~ 10227 Ilderton Road, Ilderton Ontario, N0M2A0
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    CHAINSAW SAFETY AWARENESS TRAINING -TWO DAY 

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

     

    This two (2) day seminar helps satisfy these requirements.

     

    The course will cover:


    • Safety regulations and PPE
    • 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: March 23 & 24, 2020

    Time: 7:30AM - 3:30PM

    In-Class Location:
    Coldstream Community Centre

    10227 Ilderton Road,
    Ilderton, ON N0M2A0

    Outdoor Location: On site

    Course Cost:
    OPA Members: $475.00
    Potential Members: $611.00

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

    • 25 Mar 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • East Gwillimbury Sports Complex ~ Hall A - 1914B Mount Albert Road, Sharon, ON L0G 1V0
    • 15
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    INVASIVE SPECIES WORKSHOP

    In 2018 it was estimated that Invasive Species cost Ontario municipalities and conservation authorities $38.8M. This workshop will look at some of the top offending plant species in Southern and Central Ontario that contributed to that amount. You will be introduced to Best Management Practices (BMP) to help you develop a control strategy for each invasive plant discussed. As well, you will develop identification skills to help correctly identify these invasive species, understand their toxic properties, and the impacts they have on native landscapes.

    This half day workshop will cover:

    • Phragmites
    • Wild Parsnip
    • Giant Hogweed
    • Buckthorn
    • Japanese Knotweed
    • Garlic Mustard
    • European Black Alder
    • Dog Strangling Vine
    • Black Locus


    DATE: March 25, 2020

    TIME: 8:00am - 1:00pm

    LOCATION:
    East Gwillimbury Sports Complex ~ Hall A
    1914B Mount Albert Road
    Sharon, ON L0G 1V0

    COURSE COST: 
    OPA Members: $185.00
    Potential OPA Member: $285.00


    PLEASE NOTE: Lunch is not provided for this session 
    • 30 Mar 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Bradford West Gwillimbury ~ Parks Yard - 3171 9th Line, Bradford, ON L3Z 3S4
    • 3
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    CHAINSAW SAFETY AWARENESS TRAINING- ONE DAY


    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: Monday March 30, 2020

    TIME: 8:00am to 4:00pm

    LOCATION:
    Bradford West Gwillimbury ~ Parks Yard
    3171 9th Line
    Bradford, ON L3Z 3S4

    Outdoor Location: Henderson Memorial Park - On Site

    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 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 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).

    • 31 Mar 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Bradford West Gwillimbury ~ Parks Yard - 3171 9th Line, Bradford, ON L3Z 3S4
    • 3
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    BASIC CHIPPER OPERATIONS AND SAFE HANDLING AWARENESS

     

    According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) between 1992 and 2002 a total of 31 occupational injury deaths were attributable to mobile brush chippers. Twenty one (68%) fatalities were the result of being caught or compressed by the chipper, and nine (29%) deaths were the result of being struck by the machine or a machine part. This one day program will help your employees understand how to work safely.

     

    The training will cover:

    · Safety Regulations and PPE

    · Identifying existing and potential hazards

    · Routine checks and maintenance

    · Recognizing and avoiding risks

    · Safe operating techniques

    · Pre-start inspections

    · Shutdown procedures

     

    Date: March 31, 2020

    Time: 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

    Location: 

    Bradford West Gwillimbury ~ Parks Yard
    3171 9th Line
    Bradford, ON L3Z 3S4

    Outdoor Location: Henderson Memorial Park - On Site


    Attendees are required to have the following PPE:

    • 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
    • Full leg chaps or ballistic pants (recommended but not required) 

    Cost:

    OPA Member: $290.00

    Potential Member: $374.00


    Lunch is NOT provided. Please bring a bagged lunch.

     

    Register online, payment can be made online with the link provided on your invoice once received from the accounting system, via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association) or by calling the OPA office with a credit card for processing. 

    • 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
    • 7
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    PARKS OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE

    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
    • 20
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    PRACTICAL BALL FIELD CLINIC

    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: 8am - 4pm
      Location
      Southside Parks Shop
      192 Old Wellington St S,
      Woodstock, ON N4S 3J3

      Outdoor location: On site

      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
      Register

      IRRIGATION TECHNICIAN WORKSHOP


      This one-day Irrigation Workshop has been designed specifically for our front line Parks staff, addressing irrigation issues as they pertain to parks and sports fields. The morning session will take place in-class, with the afternoon  session consisting of outdoor demonstrations.

      Topics that will be covered:

      • Irrigation Service Spring and Fall
      • Service and Repairs with Demonstrations
      • Irrigation Controls 
      • New technologies - wireless soil monitoring, weather-based control and central control
      • A full afternoon of outdoor onsite demonstrations

      DATE: April 28, 2020

      TIME: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM 

      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
      • 6
      Register

      CHAINSAW SAFETY AWARENESS TRAINING -TWO DAY 

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

       

      This two (2) day seminar helps satisfy these requirements.

       

      The course will cover:


      • Safety regulations and PPE
      • 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

      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


      Outdoor Location: On site

      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
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      REFRESHER CHAINSAW SAFETY AWARENESS TRAINING


      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.


        NOTE: Only those who have attended the Two (2) Day OPA Chainsaw Safety Awareness Training course at least three years prior are eligible for this course. Once registered the OPA office will validate your eligibility to attend this training and we will then send an invoice for payment.

        Prerequisite: Successful completion of the OPA Two Day Parks Oriented Chainsaw Safety Training course.

        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


        Outdoor Location: On site

        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
        • 17
        Register

        BALL DIAMOND MAINTENANCE AND BEST PRACTICES WORKSHOP

        Ball Diamond maintenance is a regular, necessary and costly procedure. Whether using stone dust, a mixture of clay, sand, original materials or the new diamond conditioners, amendments and materials, a similar process must be used. They all require regular grooming and good maintenance practices. This program will illustrate best practices and maintenance standards to your front line staff. A reasonable standard of maintenance is now a necessity because of risk management principles that indicate all diamonds should be maintained to a standard and level of acceptance equivalent to the municipalities around you. In the case of an incident, or an injury, that is what the lawyers are now using as a bench mark for a "standard of care".

        This 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 

        Outdoor location: On site

        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
        • 14
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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 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: Municipality of Brockton
        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 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 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
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        TRAILS SPECIALIST WORKSHOP

        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 both days
        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


        This course is an Ontario Trails Council approved training program.

        • 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

          SPRAY PAD PRACTITIONER TRAINING PROGRAM

          With the increasing demand for spray pads in communities are you prepared to deal with the choices (and possibly trade-offs) that will need to be made when dealing with the installation of this type of equipment? Once through or recirculated, type of features required, type of surface, materials, location, understanding the context of the Health Act, responsibilities of owners, and water treatment and testing, all these options, questions and the need for a basic understanding of operations come to light with the installation of a spray pad.

          With these things in mind, Ontario Parks Association has developed a new spray pad operations course that will help prepare participants to be able to confidently respond to these questions and more. This session is the first of its kind in North America, and promises to be an exciting addition to the training program line up currently offered by OPA. This two day Spray Pad Practitioner program will include both theory and practical, with a visit to a local spray pad being part of the training.

          Following is an overview of the items that will be addressed during this training:

          • Design philosophy
            • Considerations (ie. ages, collaborative play, inclusive play, sensory stimulation, motor skills, etc.)
            • Selecting colours, location, patterns
            • Types of fixtures – fiberglass, stainless, aluminum, fixed and removable
            • Determining shape/size
            • Sequencing and determining flow pattern
            • Surfacing options
          • Considerations for construction
          • Water treatment and testing
          • Flow through, re-circulation and retain and reuse systems
          • Equipment (ie. pumps, strainers, UV)
          • Inspections (daily, pre-opening,  pre-season)
          • Signage
          • Winterizing
          • Ministry Guidelines

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

          DATE: June 23 & 24, 2020

          TIME: 8:30am - 4:30pm

          LOCATION: 
          Town of Whitchurch Stouffville
          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
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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 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: 
          Township of West Lincoln
          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
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          TRAILS SPECIALIST WORKSHOP


          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
          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


          This course is an Ontario Trails Council approved training program.

          • 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
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          PARKS OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE

          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
          • 24
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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-Z614-14, 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 ~ Enter through the main public entrance
          333 McKinney Drive
          Whitby, ON L1R 3M2

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

          The course will start promptly at 8:00am each day.

          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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