Beaches, Wading Pools and Splash Pads

Children playing at a splash pad in the spraying water

COVID-19 Update

Please ensure you maintain safe physical distancing practices while using splash pads, beaches and wading pools. If the area is crowded, consider returning at a later time. 

In addition to avoiding crowded places and maintaining physical distancing, residents and visitors are reminded to take further actions to be safe when attending beaches and local recreational areas:

  • Do not go out if you are sick or unwell. Always conduct a COVID-19 self-assessment before leaving your home.
  • 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.
  • Always keep 2 metres of physical distance from anyone who you don’t live with.
  • Pack your hand sanitizer, 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 Friday in June until 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.

Splash pads are closed for the season, with decommissioning taking place the week of September 13 to winterize the facilities.

Please follow public health guidelines on the safe use of the water play structures during the pandemic.

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

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., from June 26 to August 22, 2021.

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.

Peterborough Public Health monitors the water quality at our beaches and posts the 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 four 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 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., seven days a week, beginning June 26, 2021 until August 22, 2021.

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
Turner Park, High Street and Chamberlain Street
Chelsea Gardens Park, Southlawn Drive and Severn Road
John Taylor Memorial Park, McKellar Street and St. Catherine Street