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Sign up for additional training before and after Parks Professional Pathways to complement your conference experience!

Monday, February 26  SOLD OUT

Playground Safety Awareness Certification Course
Facilitated by Adam Walsh

  • Time: 8:30 am - 4:00 pm 
  • Location: Habitat Systems Inc Office (3762 Napier St, Burnaby, BC)
  • Member Rate: $215; Regular Rate: $240 (Lunch is included with registration.)

If you are responsible for monitoring or maintaining playgrounds, this course is for you. This one-day course is for participants who need an introduction or refresher on playground safety and the Canadian Standards Association’s (CSA) Children’s Playspaces and Equipment Standards. This course introduces and reviews the skills and knowledge required to detect hazards and non-CSA compliant installations. Participants will learn the theory necessary to conduct a practical on-site playground inspection in-class, and receive a certificate of completion following the session.

Adam Walsh is a certified BCRPA Playground Safety Instructor. He is a passionate advocate for children’s play and inclusive design. He enjoys collaborating with clients to create engaging and memorable play environments. Adam has 16 years of experience in the playground industry and a background in Mechanical Engineering. He enjoys spending time with his young family and experiencing the outdoors whether it be mountain biking, road biking, hiking or sailing. His remaining spare time is spent vacuuming dog fur from his family’s beloved Bernese Mountain Dog named Rio!

This course is sponsored by Habitat Systems Inc.


Tuesday, February 27

Risk Management: Recreational Trails & Parks
Facilitated by Mark Wood

  • Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • Updated Location: George Preston Recreation Centre, Room C (20699 42 Ave, Langley Township, BC) 
  • Member Rate: $300;  Regular Rate: $350 (Lunch and course booklet are included with registration.)
  • ISA CEU: 5 (Arborist, Municipal, BCMA Management)

This course provides a comprehensive understanding of modern risk management principles for effective management of recreational trails, skills parks and bike parks. Participants are introduced to the legal requirement of an established Duty of Care and the applicable Standard of Care required, dependent upon the asset in question. Current industry standards, guidelines and other regulatory requirements are thoroughly covered, when and how they apply to provide a “reasonably safe experience” for the public.

Mark Wood from Trail Holistics works with Land Managers across BC to create trail improvement plans focussed on sustainability and public safety. This presentation is a synopsis of his full day Risk Management workshop, drawing upon his past work with Provincial and municipal government. Specializing in bike parks and recreational trails, he'll share the essential components to provide a reasonable measure of public safety while limiting liability exposure based on legal duty & precedence, site context, applied standards and best practices.

Registration is closed.

Friday, March 1

Darts Hill Garden Park Tour
Facilitated by Douglas Justice and Garden Staff

  • Time: 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
  • Location: 1633 - 170 Street, Surrey, BC
  • Member Rate: $80;  Regular Rate: $105
  • ISA CEU: 5 (Arborist, Municipal, BCMA Management)

Enjoy a guided tour of Darts Hill Garden Park, a feature garden in South Surrey with many species of plants from all over the world! This stunning garden is the result of over 75 years of work and dedication guided by the clear vision of Francisca Darts. Francisca and her husband Edwin Darts gifted the garden to the residents of Surrey in 1994 to allow everyone to enjoy it and learn more about plants in the city. The park features 7.5 acres of historic gardens and facilities with an additional 7 acres to explore.

Douglas Justice's first career in nursery work led to degrees in horticulture then botany, spurring him to pursue a career in teaching and public garden management. Since 2000, Douglas has been at UBC Botanical Garden where he has been responsible for horticulture and the collections, the Horticulture Training Program and teaching in UBC’s Landscape Architecture program.

Registration is closed.


View the Program Guide for detailed session descriptions and complete CEU information.


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