2020 OPA Winter Sward

Green Sward the The word “sward” is defined as a grassy surface of land. Green sward is often used in other English-speaking countries as an alternate term for an open grassy area.

Board of Directors

Winter 2020


PRESIDENT, WAYNE GOULD City of Vaughan E: wayne.gould@vaughan.ca PAST PRESIDENT, JIM PITMAN City of Brampton E: jim.pitman@brampton.ca PRESIDENT ELECT, KARA BUNN City of Hamilton E: kara.bunn@hamilton.ca VICE-PRESIDENT, DARRYL GAIRNS Town of Oakville E: darryl.gairns@oakville.ca TREASURER, MATT MINTZ City of Richmond Hill E: matt.mintz@richmondhill.ca DIRECTOR, STEVE BARNHART Niagara Parks Commission E: sbarnhart@niagaraparks.com DIRECTOR, MARK DYKSTRA City of Waterloo E: mark.dykstra@waterloo.ca DIRECTOR, CHRIS KERN City of Woodstock E: ckern@cityofwoodstock.ca DIRECTOR, GENE MATTHEWS City of Guelph E: gene.matthews@guelph.ca DIRECTOR, DUSTIN MILBURN City of London E: dmilburn@london.ca DIRECTOR, MIKE MURPHY City of Windsor E: mimurphy@citywindsor.ca DIRECTOR, SHANE TAYLOR City of Cambridge E: taylors@cambridge.ca DIRECTOR, DAVIDWARDEN Town of Lincoln E: dwarden@lincoln.ca

Executive Director Paul Ronan

Message From Our President

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Holiday Greeting

In Memoriam

Office Manager / Magazine Editor Shelley May

Healthy Eating - Winter 2020

Musings - Winter 2020

Members Page

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Training Coordinator Abigail Moore

2020 A Tough Year for Turf Splash Pad Navigation in 2021 2020-2021 OPA Board of Directors

Art Direction Kerfont Designs

From the Parks Bench

Yardstick 2020

Dog Waste Environmental Emergency

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Talk About Town

The Ontario Parks Association is committed to educating parks professionals and enabling them to meet or exceed industry standards while actively advocating for the protection and enhancement of parks and open spaces. Our motto “Protecting Tomorrow Today”® is a commitment to civic beautification and the advancement, protection and conservation of parks, open space and the environment in the Province of Ontario.


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65 th Annual Parks Forum Ure-Tech Surfaces Inc.

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Dave Gower Memorial Golf Day

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Contact Us

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