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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. Hosting Slo-Pitch or Softball Tournaments
Posted June 17, 2020

Alberta Health has offered more clarity on slo-pitch/softball tournaments. The Chief Medical Officer of Health recommends that large slo-pitch tournaments continue to be postponed, however, modified slo-pitch can resume using the cohort or "mini-league" concept. Click here for details.

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.

Canada Day Celebrations and Drive-in Movies Webinar
Updated May 22, 2020
Hosted by: ARPA - Alberta Recreation and Parks Association

If you missed the May 15th webinar, the recording can be found here. Josh Gennings, Theatre Supervisor, and Arthur Lewandowski, Community Events and Tourism Specialist, at the City of Fort Saskatchewan shared some of their upcoming plans for a regional Canada Day including some unique ideas that can be easily transferable in different scales to communities of different sizes across Alberta.

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.

AARFP's new Executive Director
Posted February 20, 2020
The AARFP Board of Directors is pleased to announce our new Executive Director, Laurie Darvill. Laurie brings over three decades of experience, including recreation facility leadership at the City of Calgary, not-for-profit roles, and a lifelong involvement in sports. Her passions are facility management, community development and building partnerships. She has completed our RFP Pool levels 1 & 2, and Arena level 1 courses.

We are excited to have Laurie bring her wealth of strengths and diversity of thought to the Executive Director role. She will start on March 16, 2020. Be sure to welcome Laurie when you meet her at the Annual Conference, April 26 – 29th.

Notice to AARFP Members - Bylaw Motion Change
Posted December 19, 2019
The Board would like to inform the membership of a change that was presented at the 2021 AGM in Red Deer.

Section 3 and article #3 states: "The Associate Representative shall be elected on an annual basis by a simple majority of the Associate members. This representative shall be ratified by the membership at the Annual General Meeting as provided for in these Bylaws and will carry one (1) vote only on the Board of Directors."

The Board will put forward the motion to change that clause to read: "The Associate Representative shall be elected at the Annual Trade Show by simple majority of the Associate membership present and they shall hold office for a period of two (2) years or until a successor is duly elected or appointed. This representative shall be ratified by the membership at the Annual General Meeting as provided for in these Bylaws and will carry one (1) vote only on the Board of Directors."

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

Grants for recycling infrastructure
Posted August 21, 2019
The Community Champions Program (CCP) is a grant program that is specially designed for non-profit organizations and municipalities in Alberta. The program provides funding for specialized recycling bins (indoor and outdoor) and ensuring more accessible and convenient out-of-home opportunities for recycling. In order to support all of our valued partners, participants and vendors, the Community Champions Program reopened for applications Monday, April 27, 2020. Please note that approvals and deliveries may be somewhat delayed as we work through staffing and production challenges. Click the link here to learn more about the Community Champions Program.

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 Myles Peake Click here to log into your membership account.
  • Covid-19 Resources
  • Covid-19 Impact: A Different Summer
  • Custodial Matters
  • 2020 RFP Course Schedule & Registration
  • Red Cross Update
  • Then and Now: Borden Park
  • Integrity Management System Requirements
  • Cleaning the Playground for Covid-19
  • Aquatic Facility Reopening
  • Closed Rink? Time to Start on Seasonal Maintenance
  • And more!

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