Beaches, Wading Pools and Splash Pads

Children playing at a splash pad in the spraying water

Residents and visitors are reminded to take to be safe when attending beaches and local recreational areas:

  • Follow all parking restrictions in the area. If the parking lot is full when you arrive, the beach is at capacity. Do not park on the roadway.
  • Pack your reusable water bottle, sunscreen, and bug spray.
  • Be aware that the Smoke-Free Ontario Act and municipal smoking by-laws restrict smoking and vaping at area beaches, parks, playgrounds and sports fields. Any person who sees people smoking, vaping, or using cannabis at beaches and within park boundaries may report a violation by phoning the PPH Tobacco Enforcement Officers at 705-743-1000 or reporting the offence online at www.peterboroughpublichealth.ca/sfoa.

The City of Peterborough has supervised beaches and supervised wading pools annually from the last Saturday in June until about the third week of August, and unsupervised splash pads. It's a great way to cool down during the summer months.

Splash pads

Splash pads are a fantastic place for children to enjoy cool water on a hot and sunny day in the summer. The splash pads include features such as water jellies, spray tunnels, tipping pots and water willows.

Hours of operation

  • Open daily: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Six splash pads in City of Peterborough parks are now open for the season. They will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily until September 3, 2024. 

The following City splash pads are open: 

  • Rogers Cove, 131 Maria St. 
  • Nicholls Oval Park, 725 Armour Rd. 
  • King Edward Park, 455 George St. S.
  • Turner Park, corner of Chamberlain and High streets 
  • Hamilton Park, 575 Bonaccord St. 
  • Barnardo Park, Barnardo Avenue north of Sunset Blvd. 
  • Kinsmen Park, 1 Kinsmen Way (Sherbrooke Street and Clonsilla Avenue)
  • Water feature at Quaker Foods City Square, 215 Charlotte St. 

Splash pad locations

 King Edward Park, 455 George St. S.
 
 Nicholls Oval, 725 Armour Rd. 
 
Rogers Cove, 131 Maria St.
Kinsmen Park, 1 Kinsmen Way (Sherbrooke Street and Clonsilla Avenue)
Barnardo Park, Barnardo Avenue north of Sunset Boulevard
Turner Park, corner of Chamberlain and High streets

 

 

Hamilton Park - 575 Bonaccord St.

 

We don't provide lifeguard supervision at splash pads. Children should be accompanied by an adult at splash pads.

Supervised beaches

We provide lifeguard services for two beaches in our city - Beavermead Beach and Rogers Cove. Lifeguards supervise the beaches seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., beginning on Saturday, June 29 until Sunday, August 25

Beach locations

Beavermead beach at Beavermead Park, 2011 Ashburnham Dr.
Rogers Cove, 131 Maria St.

Beavermead Beach has a beach access mat that provides a walkway across the sand into the water, improving accessibility for everyone.

Water quality monitoring

Peterborough Public Health monitors the water quality at our beaches and posts their water quality reports online. We also place a flag or sign at the beaches to indicate the status of the water quality when lifeguards are present. For more information on water quality reporting at the public beaches, please contact Peterborough Public Health at 705-743-1000.

Supervised wading pools

We have three supervised wading pools in our community. The wading pools are small, shallow pools for young children up to about eight years old. Lifeguards supervise the pools from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., seven days a week, beginning on Saturday, June 29, until Sunday, August 25.

Parents need to accompany their children to the wading pools. You can't leave your child unattended.

Wading pool locations

Knights of Columbus Park, Park Street and Lake Street
Chelsea Gardens Park, Southlawn Drive and Severn Road
John Taylor Memorial Park, McKellar Street and St. Catherine Street