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Upcoming events

    • 23 Aug 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Landscape Ontario, 7856 5th Line South, Halton Hills, ON

    Date:  Thursday, August 23, 2018

    Times/Locations:      

    • 9:00 am until Noon - Landscape Ontario (7856 5th Line South, Halton Hills, ON L9T 2X8)
    • 1:00 until 3:00 pm - Guelph Turfgrass Institute (328 Victoria Road South, Guelph, ON N1H 6H8)

    Map to Landscape Ontario - Please note that 5th Line South is closed below the 401 so our offices can only be accessed via Steeles Avenue.

    Event details to follow. For now, make sure you save the date!

    • 18 Sep 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • 19 Sep 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • Milton Sports Centre ~ 605 Santa Maria Blvd., Milton, ON L9T 6H7
    • 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: September 18 & 19, 2018

    TIME: 8:30am - 4:30pm

    LOCATION: 

    Milton Sports Centre - Room 4
    605 Santa Maria Blvd.
    Milton, ON L9T 6J5

    SPRAY PAD PRACTICAL SITE: 
    Milton Community Sports Park ( 1 minute Drive - behind the Sports Centre)
    805 Santa Maria Blvd.
    Milton, ON L9T 6J5

    Course Costing:
    OPA Member Price: $403.80 
    Potential Member Price: $633.90

    ***Please wear closed toe shoes to the training session***

    Please note that lunch is NOT provided at this location – please bring a lunch for this session.

    To attend this training please register online. Payment can be made online, via cheque (made payable to Ontario Parks Association) or by calling the OPA office with a credit card for processing (905-864-6182, ext. 6710).


    • 19 Sep 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • Ancaster Community Centre/Morgan Firestone Arena ~ 385 Jerseyville Rd W. Ancaster, ON L9G 3L5
    • 28
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    BALL DIAMOND MAINTENANCE AND BEST PRACTICES WORKSHOP

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

    This course will cover:

    • Fundamentals of General Field Maintenance
    • Pitchers Mound Maintenance
    • A Front Line Worker's Role
    • Ball Diamond / Fields Checklist for Risk Management Objectives
    • Striping, Lining and Logos
    • Irrigation and Drainage on Infields
    • Dragging, Infield Grooming Practices and Equipment


    Date: Wednesday September 19, 2018

    Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

    Location:

    Ancaster Community Centre/Morgan Firestone Arena ~ Room A
    385 Jerseyville Rd W 
    Ancaster, ON L9G 3L5

    OPA Member Price: $247.80
    Potential Member Price: $345.90

    **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. 

    • 15 Oct 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 19 Oct 2018
    • Whitby Hydro Building ~ 98 Taunton Road East, Whitby, ON L1R 3L5
    • 19
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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 Z614-14 Standard. The test at the end of the course is open book so attendees will need their own copy (sharing books is not permitted). Attendees can choose to either use the PDF version and bring it on their tablet or other electronic device (so long as they can turn off the use of internet / text messaging for the test as any use of outside sources is considered cheating and will not receive a passing grade) or the hard copy of the book. Books can be purchased at the CSA Online Shop ( http://shop.csa.ca/en/canada/injury-prevention/z614-14/invt/27019532014 )

     


    Date:

    October 15-19, 2018


    Time:

    Monday - Thursday 8:00am to 5:00pm 

    Friday 8am -3:30pm

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


    Location:

    Whitby Hydro Building - please use South Entrance ( a door will be opened for you) ~ you will need to sign in daily as an off site visitor
    98 Taunton Road East
    Whitby, ON L1R 3L5 

    Practical site: McKinney Park ~ 600 metres to the North of the classroom
    Map from class room to park (10 minute walk) ~ https://goo.gl/maps/5YU7sZC2RM82

    Parking is available at the Town of Whitby Employee parking lot across the street 333 McKinney Drive ~ Map from Employee parking lot to Hydro Building ~ https://goo.gl/maps/NyxvpsyZrr52

    COST:
    OPA Members: $1,268.00
    Non-Members: $1,498.00

    Please note: meals are not provided at this training session. Attendees will be required to bring or buy their own lunch, coffee and snacks. 

    • 22 Oct 2018
    • 8:30 AM
    • 23 Oct 2018
    • 4:30 PM
    • Downsview Park Operations Shop Unit 3B - 60 Carl Hall Road, Toronto, ON M3K 2C1
    • 9
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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: October 22 & 23, 2018
    TIME: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm both days
    LOCATION:
    Downsview Park Operations Shop - Unit 3B
    60 Carl Hall Road
    Toronto, ON M3K 2C1


    Outdoor location to be determined.

    COURSE COST:

    OPA Member: $403.80

    Potential Member: $633.90


    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.

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