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Leisure Lines is the official newsletter of the Alberta Association of Recreation Facility Personnel, published four times per year. To contribute articles, please contact the Editor at the AARFP office. Upcoming Recreation Grants
Posted September 9, 2020

Sport Calgary is happy to remind us of deadlines for various Government of Alberta grants that will help our communities.

  • CIP Project based grant - Supports non-profits in their work to rebuild social connections in Alberta's communities and support Alberta's recovery.
  • Community Facility Enhancement Program (CFEP) - Small Funding Stream provides financial assistance to acquire, build, purchase, repair, renovate, upgrade or expand sports, recreational, cultural or other related public-use community facilities.
  • Sports Participation Support Program - provides financial assistance to not-for-profit organizations towards the development and operation of projects or programs.

ARPA Labour Market Project
Posted August 10, 2020

Alberta Recreation and Parks Association, in collaboration with several of their partners have been leading a sector led project on the Alberta recreation and parks industry. The Alberta Recreation and Parks Industry Labour Market Project was conducted to position the recreation and parks industry in assisting stakeholders in their development and conducting industry based human resource plans and decisions to ensure employee skills are being met and maintained.

Please utilize the information presented in the project to improve your human resource capacity and achieve better staff recruitment, retention and succession planning practices specific to your respective organization type and size. For more information, click here.

Ammonia Refrigeration Systems
Posted June 5, 2020

ABSA has published the AB-538 - Integrity Management System Requirements for Mechanical Refrigeration Systems Containing Ammonia.

The Administrator for pressure equipment in the Province of Alberta has also published the supporting Enabling Information Bulletin. Both documents are linked below for your convenience and can be found at www.absa.ca. This document details the mandatory requirements for ammonia refrigeration systems in Alberta and is applicable to all recreational facilities, rinks, arenas etc that use ammonia as the refrigerant. If you have any questions regarding the document, please contact your local ABSA Safety Codes Officer.

Public Aquatic Safety Standard February 2020
Posted May 7, 2020
This is just a friendly reminder to check out the updates for Safety Standards at: www.lifesaving.org.

Ammonia Training Through ABSA
Posted November 21, 2019
Currently there is no mandated ammonia training/refrigeration operator requirements in Alberta (either one time or ongoing). However, an employer needs to prove competence. See attached link from ABSA with some information. Be sure to expand the overview tab. Overview, Certification Info, and Exam Requirements Here

Anti-Entrapment Compliance Plan
Posted March 23, 2019
Alberta Health Services, Environmental Public Health has released the following documents to help public swimming pool owners and agents assess the entrapment risk in their facilities and comply with the anti-entrapment requirement of the Pool Standards, July 2014 (amended January 2018).

Due to the complexity and specialized knowledge needed to assess the equipment required for anti-entrapment, the owner or their agent may contract the services of a suitable professional or professional engineer to complete the anti-entrapment documentation. Documentation provided by the service professional and/or engineer should be included with the anti-entrapment plan.

If you have any questions or would like to discuss please contact the following:

Asset Management
Posted February 6, 2019
The Alberta Association Recreation Facility (AARFP), in collaboration with the Ontario Recreation Facility Association (ORFA), and Marmak Information Technologies has customized a user-friendly software application called Recreation Facilities Asset Management (RFAM) based on Ontario's successful Municipal DataWorks (MDW) asset repository program. Details Here.

Toxic Gas Safety Guidelines for Municipal Arena Operations in Alberta
Posted October 2, 2018
Alberta Municipal Health & Safety has just released its Toxic Gas Safety Guidelines for Municipal Arena Operations in Alberta. This is a guideline with basic information for Alberta Municipalities with arena operations where there may be potential for exposure to toxic gases. Please share this with your workmates.

Leisure Lines Member Newsletter

Leisure Lines is the official newsletter of the Alberta Association of Recreation Facility Personnel, published four times per year. To contribute articles, please contact the Editor at the AARFP office.AARFP publishes a quarterly newsletter, Leisure Lines. This is a great publication that helps keep our members informed on the latest technologies and innovations in the industry. Along with archives of previous issues, the Summer 2020 issue is now available to our members.

All current members with a valid email address on file at the RFP Office will be notified by email that it has been posted on the homepage. If you have not received an email advising you of this, and you are a current member of RFP, please contact the office at office@aarfp.com so we can update your email address in our database to ensure you will not miss any upcoming notices.


What's in the latest issue?

  • President's Report
  • Executive Director's Message
  • Meet Instructor Craig Dilts Click here to log into your membership account.
  • AARFP AGM - Big News!
  • Covid-19 Resouces
  • Are Brine Systems Non-Code Piping?
  • Brooks Pool Relaunch - Focus & Plan
  • 2020 RFP Course Schedule
  • Jasper Place Swimming Pool
  • 2020 RFP Awards Banquet Update
  • Recreation Facility Management Certificates
  • Resilient Leadership - 8 Important Skills
  • How to Present to Elected Officials
  • Making NHL HIstory
  • 2020 ARPA Labour Market Project
  • And more!

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