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Looking for a little light reading? OPA will keep you up-to-date with articles and magazines that relate to the parks and recreation industry!

Invasive Plant Species

How well do you know your invasive species? Several organization have come together to create this pocket book to help you identify potentially dangerous invasive species.

To download a copy of this guide, click here.

Grow Me Instead by Ontario Invasive Plant Council

This guide will help you to identify invasive garden plants and provides you with suitable native or non-native, non-invasive alternatives.

To download a copy of this guide, click here.

Native Species

Need some help choosing native species for your garden? Check out this card flip book created by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority listing native plant species for every garden type!

Tor download a copy of this flip book, click here

"Greening Your Grounds" by Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

TRCA has created a new guide to making the most of the rain that falls on your property! Click here to order your own copy of this amazing resource.

Lyme Disease Resource Kit

The Lyme Disease Stakeholder Resource Group has developed a Lyme disease resource tool kit to help you and your staff stay safe from ticks this summer. 

Download your resource kit by clicking the following links: 8.5" x 11" poster11" x 17" posterfact sheetstory and PowerPoint presentation.

Creating an Invasive Plant Management Strategy: A Framework for Ontario Municipalities

Check out this framework created by Invasive Species Centre and Ontario Invasive Plant Council to help your municipality combat invasive plants.

Living Architecture Monitor Magazine

Check out the Vertical Stormwater Management issue of the Living Architecture Monitor magazine.


Check out Paul Ronan's latest article in the STIHL Proline:

The Chief Public Health Officer's Report on the state of public health in Canada 2017 - Designing Healthy Living

A message from Canada's Chief Public Health Officer:

Without being aware of it, our neighbourhoods and how they are built influence how healthy we are.

I chose designing healthy living as the topic for my first report as Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer because of the tremendous potential that changing our built environment has for helping Canadians live healthier lives.

Click here to read the full report.

Yardstick is working to collect, share and compare vital parks information to measure current performance, evaluate user satisfaction and advocate for future improvements. They are comparing parks locally, nationally and globally. 

Interested in seeing some of the information that can be produced by the Yardstick report? Click on the report snippet links below.


Yardstick February Report Snippet - Dog Park Provisions

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