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Kraft Heinz Project Play Program Offers $250,000 for Recreation Facility Upgrades
Kraft Heinz Project Play is helping to create a better future by helping communities build better places to play across Canada. Now in its 11th year, Kraft Heinz Project Play has awarded over $2.9 million to 77 communities across Canada. One (1) grand prize available to be won consisting of $250,000 CAD and three (3) Second Prizes available to be won each consisting of $25,000 CAD to upgrade a recreational facility project in the winning community. The ORFA congratulates recent winner Lamont Sports Park in Saugeen Shores, ON. There is still time left to submit a nomination in 2019. More
New and Young Worker Blitz
The Ontario government is working with employers to keep new and young workers safe by launching targeted inspections focused on the safety of summer students. The inspections follow months of outreach to businesses by the ministry to educate and assist them in creating safe workplaces. More
Beat the Heat!
Working when it's hot puts stress on your body's cooling system. When ignored, it can lead to heat-related illness, disability and even death. Learn about the causes of heat stress and how to protect your workers. More
Recent Calgary Splash Pad Closure Reminds all Owners of Contamination Risks
A recent reflecting pool closure in Calgary due to 7 times the allowable coliform-forming units per milli-litre levels emphasizes several key factors associated with splash pad design and operations. Splash pads are not maintenance free. These areas attract a high level of young users that raises the risk of contamination from urine and feces. More
A recent viral video of a dog playing in a splash pad was widely accepted by viewers but trained operators understand that there is no test that will indicate if waste came from humans or animals. Signage should promote regular washroom breaks and splash pad design should have these facilities close to the pad. Read more in the ORFA Splash Pad Risks and Operation Guideline. More
North Bay Rolls Out Accessibility Mat at Marathon Beach
The waters of Marathon Beach are now within reach for those with disabilities as the City of North Bay recently rolled out its first accessible beach mat. The mats are meant for people who need wheelchairs or are in need of extra assistance to get to the water’s edge. More
This is an example of the kind of initiatives that the ORFA hopes to recognize with a new Accessibility and Inclusion Award which will be presented to a recreation facility, or recreation-related business/organization who have significantly included accessibility and/or inclusion elements into the design, build, or retrofit of indoor/outdoor recreation facility infrastructure and/or the provision of related service(s). More