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Click here to see the full list of courses OPA offers.

 

For your convenience and to help stretch your budget dollars, OPA will bring any of the courses listed here 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 combine your training with neighbouring organizations. Not only will this provide valuable training, but also foster and facilitate communication and experience sharing among your local and neighboring organizations. Call today to register and we will assist you through the process. 


Please click here to view OPA’s Registration Policies including:

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Upcoming events

    • 18 Aug 2022
    • 7856 5th Line South, Milton, ON and 364 College Ave E Guelph, Wellington Co, Ontario, N1G 2W1

    Save the date!

    Event details for this awesome annual event will follow in 2022.


    • 07 Sep 2022
    • 8:30 AM
    • 08 Sep 2022
    • 4:30 PM
    • Mohawk Park - 51 Lynnwood Dr, Brantford, ON N3S 6S3
    • 3
    Register

    As this session will be held in-person, we will be keeping a close eye on any current COVID-19 protocols to ensure we are able to safely run the event. While we have entered a new set of lockdown restrictions, we will continue to open registration for this event to allow members adequate registration time. Should any changes need to be made to the date or the session be unable to proceed, we will be happy to provide refunds or credits to any registrants. 


    COVID PROTOCOLS:

    To ensure compliance with COVID protocols, all registrants must be able to provide proof of two (2) vaccine doses via the required QR code both upon registration (via email) and on the day of the training along with valid ID. Those with a medical exemption must provide proof of this exemption through the required QR code, and will need to provide a negative COVID test taken the morning of the training. Admittance will not be provided for those that arrive at the training without the required documentation, and refunds will not be issued for those who are not admitted for that reason. 


    COURSE INFORMATION:

    With the increasing demand for spray pads in communities, are you prepared to plan for, install and maintain this type of play equipment? 

    If not, we have you covered with this training! Ontario Parks Association has developed this course to provide participants with the knowledge and skills needed to work with spray pads. This session is the first of its kind in North America and has been an exciting addition our training line-up at OPA. 


    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. 


    This course will cover:

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


    DATE: June 22 & 23, 2022

    TIME: 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM

    LOCATION:  Mohawk Park - 51 Lynnwood Dr, Brantford, ON N3S 6S3


    COURSE COST

    OPA Member: $416.00

    OPA Potential Member: $653.00


    You will receive study materials one week prior to the event and be asked to complete a brief knowledge check by May 18 to confirm you have read them. Then, May 19, join us on Webex to listen a fantastic presentation from industry expert, Scott Bowron, participate in a Q&A with your peers, and take the final test.  


    Within 2 weeks of completing this course, you will receive a letter from Ontario Parks Association acknowledging your participation, new and advanced knowledge of spray pads, and effort towards helping us achieve our mandate of Protecting Tomorrow Today®


    This course is worth 2 credits towards your Parks Practitioner Designation.

    Register above online. An invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can be made online through the invoice you will receive or via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).


    Click here to read our registration policies.

    • 12 Sep 2022
    • 8:00 AM
    • 16 Sep 2022
    • 5:00 PM
    • 577 Winchester Main St., Winchester, ON K0C 2K0
    • 7
    Register

    As this session will be held in-person, we will be keeping a close eye on current COVID-19 protocols to ensure we are able to safely run the event. While we have entered a new set of lockdown restrictions, we will continue to open registration for this event to allow members adequate registration time. Should any changes need to be made to the date or the session be unable to proceed, we will be happy to provide refunds or credits to any registrants. 

    COVID Policy:

    At this time, we require all registrants to wear masks for all indoor portions of the course. Proof of vaccination is no longer required to be sent in, though temperature checks will be taken at the time of entry to the classroom.

    Event Details:

    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

    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-Z614-20, Children's Playspaces and Equipment, as a base document for the three independent sections of the course. 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


    Upon completion of the program and achievement of a passing grade in the written examination(s) the participant will be registered by Ontario Parks Association as a "Playground Practitioner" and is qualified to inspect playgrounds.

     

    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 - 20 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.


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

    Click here to read our Registration Policies


    COVID-19 Screening:

    Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic we are taking steps to reduce the risk of all parties involved in our training programs. Prior to attending training there will be a screening form attendees are required to complete and all attendees and instructors are required to wear face coverings at all times. If you have any of the symptoms below, you may not attend your training session. You will be able to move your registration to a future session when you are symptom free. 

    • New or worsening signs or symptoms such as a cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose, sneezing, nasal congestion, hoarse voice, difficulty swallowing, new smell or taste disorders, nausea/vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, unexplained fatigue/malaise, chills, or headache?
    • Travelled outside of Canada or had close contact with anyone that has travelled outside of Canada in the past 14 days
    • A fever?
    • Close contact with anyone with respiratory illness or a confirmed or probable case of COVID-19?
    • Worked in a lab that tests for COVID-19 within the last 14 days
    • Diagnosed with COVID-19 within the last 14 days by a lab test or are you


    DATE: September 12 - 16, 2022

    TIME: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM

    LOCATION: 577 Winchester Main St., Winchester, ON K0C 2K0


    COURSE COST

    OPA Member: $1,306.00

    OPA Potential Member: $1,543.00


    Register above online. An invoice will be sent to you within 24hrs of registering. Payment can be made online through the invoice you will receive or via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association).


    Click here to read our registration policies.

    • 15 Sep 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • Ussher’s Creek at Legends on the Niagara, 9561 Niagara Parkway Niagara Falls, Ontario
    • 47
    Register

    Date:            September 15, 2022 (Rain or shine!) 

    Location:      Ussher’s Creek at Legends on the Niagara,

                         9561 Niagara Parkway, Niagara Falls, Ontario

    Golf Format: Assigned Tee Times (beginning at 10am and last time tee time is 2pm) depending on number of golfers

    Cost: $160 per person

    Price includes:        

    • Lunch
    • Golf & cart
    • Dinner
    • Contest Prizes
    • 15 Sep 2022
    • 10:00 AM
    • Ussher’s Creek at Legends on the Niagara, 9561 Niagara Parkway Niagara Falls, Ontario
    • 9
    Register

    Date:  September 15, 2022 Event Schedule (Rain or shine!)


    Location: Ussher’s Creek at Legends on the Niagara, 9561 Niagara Parkway,

                    Niagara Falls, Ontario

    SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

    Golf Cart Package - $1,500 - Booked

    • Recognition signage on all tournament carts
    • Name on clubhouse banner
    • Complimentary golf twosome


    Dinner Package - $6000 (1 available) or 2 at $3000

    • Recognition signage at each dinner table
    • Name on clubhouse banner
    • Complimentary golf twosome


    Lunch Package - $2,000 - Booked

    • Recognition signage at event
    • Name on clubhouse banner
    • Complimentary golf twosome

    Gold Sponsor - $500 - 

    • Signage on tee
    • Name on clubhouse banner
    • Complimentary individual golfer

      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 



      Silver Sponsor - $300

      • Signage on tee
      • Name on clubhouse banner
      • 07 Oct 2022
      • 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
      • Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel and Conference Centre - 3063 South Service Road, Burlington, ON L7N 3E9
      • 119
      Register

      Join us at our 65th Annual Parks Education Forum for a day of education, recognition, and networking with other parks professionals and industry vendors. 

      Event Date: Friday October 7, 2022

      Event Location: Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel and Conference Centre

                               3063 South Service Road, Burlington, ON L7N 3E9

      Event Schedule and Details: To see the event schedule, meet our presenters and read about the education sessions, please click here


      Attendee Pricing:

      Early Bird Rates (Register before August 1st)

      OPA Member: $170.00
      Potential Member: $200.00
      Members Save: $30.00

      Late Bird Rates (As of August 2nd)
      OPA Member: $210
      Potential Member: $240

      Members Save: $30.00



      Interested in having a table top display at our mini trade show? Click here

      Interested in being an event sponsor? Click here
      • 07 Oct 2022
      • 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
      • Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel and Conference Centre 3063 South Service Road, Burlington, ON L7N 3E9
      • 14
      Register

      Event Date: Friday October 7, 2022

      Event Location: Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel and Conference Centre

                                3063 South Service Road, Burlington, ON L7N 3E9


      OPA Member Fees - Registration opens to members only on June 16th.
      • OPA Member Early Bird Rate: $550 (Register by August 1st)
      • OPA Member Late Bird Rate:  $600

      Potential Member Fees - Registration opens to potential members June 30th.

      • Potential Member Early Bird Rate: $600 (Register by August 1st)
      • Potential Member Late Bird Rate:  $640

      Please note above price includes buffet breakfast and lunch for ONE. Meal tickets for additional representatives can be purchased for $50/person when registering. All company representatives attending MUST be registered in advance.

      Event Schedule and Details (please click link)


      Details: Twenty-two 6' tables will be set up around the insider perimeter of our meeting room, creating an intimate networking opportunity for vendors and parks professionals. Time will be allotted prior to the official start of the day and during breaks throughout the day for event attendees to meet and chat with vendors. Showcase your products and services to industry professionals from across Ontario. Create new relationships. Re-connect with existing customers.


      Table Top Selection - Please review the current table reservations list below to determine which tables are available, then refer to the master floor plan to select your top 3 preferred table locations - you will need this information to register. Tables are allocated on a first-come first-served basis, your table number will be confirmed via separate email once your registration has been processed.

      Please note: This event will run regardless of weather conditions. We cannot offer refunds when notice is given 14 days or less before the event.


      Current table reservations: 

      Table 1 - Ure-Tech Surfaces Inc.
      Table 2 -  A.B.C Recreation Ltd.
      Table 3 - Park N Play Design Company Ltd.
      Table 4 - 
      Table 5 - 
      Table 6 - 
      Table 7 - 
      Table 8 -  Park N Water Ltd. 
      Table 9 - 
      Table 10 - 
      Table 11 - 
      Table 12 -
      Table 13 - 
      Table 14 -  
      Table 15 - 
      Table 16 - 
      Table 17 - New World Park Solutions Inc.
      Table 18 - 
      Table 19 - OpenSpace Solutions Inc.
      Table 20 - 
      Table 21 -   PlayPower Canada

      Table 22 - Henderson Recreation Equipment Ltd. 

      Hotel Accommodations: Guest Rooms Available Oct 5-8, 2022 

      ·  Rates Starting at  -  $135 (plus tax per evening) for a Standard room

      Complimentary parking and Wi-Fi is included for all guests. Guestrooms are fully equipped with Keurig Coffee Makers, a microwave and a fridge. 

      Cut Off Date: In order to benefit from the discounted rate all reservations must be made by Friday September 16, 2022. Reservations booked after this date will be based on our regular rate and availability. 

      Hotel Amenities :At the Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel and Conference Centre, your guests can enjoy booked access to our Leisure Club featuring: largest indoor heated hotel pool in Burlington,  fitness area. 

      Dining: We are a full service hotel with our Alloro Restaurant and Bar, open daily for Breakfast & Dinner meals, with room service available for all of your dining needs. We also have Catering & Special Event Services available onsite to help you with any special functions that you may wish to host. 

      To book by Internet: Attendees can book directly online by clicking the following link which has your negotiated rates pre loaded. Please ensure the Check in & Out dates are inputted before checking availability: 

      Ontario Parks Association-Reservation Link 

      To Book by Phone: Call the Hotel's Toll Free Reservation Line at 905-639-4443 and ask for reservations.  In order to receive the group rate, the caller must ask for Ontario Parks Association;  Group Code OPA


      • 07 Oct 2022
      • 7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
      • Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel and Conference Centre, 3063 South Service Road, Burlington, ON L7N 3E9
      • 4
      Register

      Sponsorship Opportunities


      Date: Friday October 7, 2022
      Event Location: Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel and Conference Centre

                                3063 South Service Road, Burlington, ON L7N 3E9

      Please note: This event will run regardless of weather conditions. We cannot offer refunds when notice is given 14 days or less before the event.


      Education Session Sponsor - $400 (5 available):

      Session 1: Mental Resilience and Psychological Safety

      Session 2: Building Churchill Meadows Sports Park 

      Session 3: Creating Canada’s First National Urban Park 

      Session 4: The State of Parks as Green Infrastructure (Not confirmed as of yet)

      Session 5: Exploring Parks and Open Spaces With the Indigenous Community


      Each Education Sponsorship purchased includes the following:

      One Complimentary Pass to the Forum and Awards Luncheon 

      Company Promotional Material in Participant Swag Bag

      Recognition in Promotional Materials and at Event

      Company Name in Green Sward

      Company Name on OPA Website with Link


      Lunch Sponsors- $300

      One Complimentary Pass to the Forum and Awards Luncheon 

      Company Promotional Material in Participant Swag Bag

      Recognition in Promotional Materials and at Event

      Company Name in Green Sward

      Company Name on OPA Website with Link


      Breakfast Sponsors - $200

      Recognition in Promotional Materials and at Event

      Company Name in Green Sward

      Company Name on OPA Website with Link
      Note:  All prices are HST free.

      Click here  for event details and to meet our presenters

      Interested in having a table top display at the Education Forum? Click here for Vendor Registration

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