2017 Spring Training

Pre and Post Event Sessions

Pre and post event sessions are available to enhance your Spring Training experience. We have a variety of options to choose from, to add on to your Spring Training, or as a single workshop.

►  Pre-event workshop session, Monday, February 27, 2017

►  Post-event workshop sessions, Thursday, March 2, 2017


Pre-Event Sessions — Monday, February 27, 2017

The BCRPA's Playground Safety Awareness Course

Presented by Tim Richards

8:30 am — 4 pm

Lunch included 
Course manual provided

Timms Community Centre, 20399 Douglas Crescent, Langley, BC

This course provides a hands-on overview on playground safety and current issues being faced today. This is a cost effective, accessible and informative program for those who need an introductory course on safety awareness and Canadian Standard Association's (CSA) Children's Playspaces and Equipment Standards. This course would benefit grounds maintenance, recreation and childcare staff; landscape planners, designers, technicians and architects; facility owners and managers of playspaces, and all individuals interested and involved in injury prevention in playspaces.
Tim Richards is a Parks & Recreation consultant providing information and services with a specialty in educational sessions and information concerning playground safety and the Canadian Playground Standard.

Risk Management Course — BMX on Municipal Lands

Presented by Doug Wyseman

8:30 am — 4 pm

Lunch included


Coast Hotel & Convention Centre, 20393 Fraser Hwy, Langley, BC

Bike Parks and BMX tracks are now being developed on municipal lands across North America. While such facilities can provide valuable benefits to the community, it is important to properly manage the liability risk exposures that such facilities place upon the municipality. This training has been developed to explain how to best handle the liability risk associated with such facilities on municipal property.

Doug Wyseman has been involved in risk management since 1973. He has the unique experience of developing risk management programs and completing risk assessments for recreational sites across Canada. Doug has worked in the public sector as risk manager for a large Canadian municipality and in the private sector for insurers of municipalities and sports organizations. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Parks and Recreation Association (CPRA) where he assisted in the development of the Canadian Playground Safety Institute and served on the CPRA Playground Safety Taskforce.

Post-Event Sessions — Thursday, March 2, 2017

Contemporary Challenges in Urban Forestry — from Theory to Practice

Presented by Aidan ffrench

8:30 — 11:30 am

Coast Hotel & Convention Centre, 20393 Fraser Hwy, Langley, BC

From strategic planning, to implementation, this interactive session focuses on the realities of implementing urban forestry plans on the site level, including forestry/tree management, and tree planting. The purpose will be to investigate some of the challenges in terms of the realities of daily practice, through a Q&A leading to a participatory exercise. Participants will be fully engaged in this session and will have an opportunity to sharing their experiences with other delegates.

Aidan ffrench is a past president of The Irish Landscape  Institute (ILI) (2005-07), the professional body representing landscape architects in Ireland. His tenure as President saw a distinct increase in the public profile of the ILI, including a media first when Aidan was the first landscape architect to be interviewed on the nation’s leading current affairs radio show, thereby achieving much-need publicity for the profession. The ILI’s lobbying resulted in the Irish government introducing the first definition of ‘landscape’ in Irish law in 2010. Aidan is currently chair of the ILI’s Working Group on Blue-Green Infrastructure.

NATS Nursery Tour

12:30 — 3:30 pm

Lunch included


 NATS Nursery
24555 32 Ave, Langley, BC

Come visit one of BC’s largest growers of native plants. Learn from their experience as they share their passion and expertise in growing the right plants in the right places to restore habitat for all the world’s creatures.

The NATS Nursery team supplies the arms for a landscape revolution. They fill orders small and large, from starter plants to finished plants. Whether it’s a selection of #1 pots for a municipal project, 100,000 custom grown seedlings for a mining reclamation project, or 350,000 native plants for the green roof of the Vancouver Convention Centre, NATS Nursery’s team of qualified experts is able to assist with a wide range of project needs.


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