Parks

children playing on splashpad

Visit the parks map to see where our parks are located within the City. With more than 100 parks, ranging from neighbourhood parks to regional parks, there are lots to choose from. The trails are extensive and you can walk and bicycle to many places. The paved trails are plowed in the winter so you can keep rolling all year!  Within 55 of our parks, you will find playgrounds. Nine of the playgrounds received accessibility enhancements in the Spring of 2019. Visit the playground map to find one near you.

Shared use and public enjoyment of City parks

The City has a Parks and Facilities By-Law that sets minimum standards for the shared use and the protection of the natural environment in public parks. It requires a permit for certain activities such as selling items and services, allows City staff to set rules for other activities in parks such as launching boats and swimming, and prohibits other activities such as disturbing wildlife and damaging City-owned property. Tenting in parks is prohibited except where specifically designated for that use.

View our overview of the Parks and Facilities By-Law

View the Parks and Facilities By-Law

Park categories

Below is a listing of our parks. Several of the Regional Parks such as Beavemead, Del Crary and Millennium Park are available for special events such as weddings, music/theatre productions and community events. Please use our special event request form to book a park or pavilion. Visit our sports fields and courts section or our beaches, wading pools and splash pads section to find information on some of the other recreational facilities in our parks.

Regional parks

Regional Parks are intended to accommodate a wide array of high level developed outdoor facilities and opportunities that appeal to people of all ages, abilities and cultures. The unique natural and man-made features and the higher scale of culture and recreation facilities found in Regional Parks attract visitors from across the City and beyond.

To book one of our Regional Parks please complete a special event request form.

 Ashburnham Memorial Park

300 Hunter St. E.

Ashburnham Memorial Park features 50 acres and is located next to the Peterborough Museum and Archives on Armour Hill. It is the fourth largest park in the City, featuring the Rube Brady ball diamond and the Heritage Pavilion. The park also offers a children's accessible play structure and a basketball court. Parking and accessible portable washrooms available during the summer months.

The Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site is located nearby.

Beavermead Park 

2011 Ashburnham Dr.

People on the sand and in the water at Beavermead BeachBeavermead Park is located on the southeast shore of Little Lake offering stunning views, nature areas, trails, playground with accessible features, a beach, soccer fields, beach volleyball courts, a pavilion and an outdoor gymnasium created through a partnership with local Rotary clubs. At 53 acres, it's one of the largest parks in the City. Parking and washrooms available.

The Beavermead Campground is a family campground located in the heart of the City. It is operated by Otonabee Region Conservation Authority. Canoe and kayak rentals are available through the campground. It is located next to the GreenUP Ecology Park.

Del Crary Park

100 George Street N.

Crowd at Del Crary Del Crary is an open green space on the west shore of Little Lake. It is a short walk from downtown and home to the Pathway to Fame. It features a Marina, several picnic tables and a covered stage that is used for concerts, events and festivals. During the summer months, the Peterborough Musicfest concert series takes place on Wednesday and Saturday nights. Rotary Victoria Day Family Fireworks, Survivors Abreast Dragon Boat Festival and Multicultural Canada Day are a few of the major events that take place in this park. Parking and washrooms available.

Dogs are not permitted in this park from May 1 to October 31 (with the exception of Service Animals).

Del Crary Park rental rates
Del Crary Park - 2020 Rental Rates (subject to Council approval)
Rate categories Rental fees H.S.T. Total
Rate A: 1 to 100 people $135.66 $17.63 $153.29
Rate B: 101 to 300 people $201.96 $26.25 $228.21
Rate C: 301 to 500 people $265.20 $34.47 $299.67
Rate D: over 500 people $417.18 $54.23 $471.41
Rate E: commercial organizations $848.64 $110.32

$958.96

All feeds inclyde hydro and water where applicable

Eastgate Memorial Park

2150 Ashburnham Dr.

Eastgate Memorial Park is one of Peterborough's main soccer fields. It features two adult soccer fields with lights, two youth soccer fields, changerooms, a fieldhouse, parking and washrooms.

Kinsmen Park 

1 Kinsmen Way

Kinsmen Park is located beside the Kinsmen Arena. The park features a premiere level ball diamond with lights, youth soccer field, bleachers, splash pad, parking and a portable washroom.

Millennium Park 

130 King St.

Entrance of Millennium Park with a blue skyMillennium Park features a landscaped walking path along the Otonabee River that connects to the Trans Canada Trail and features sculptures, extensive flower beds, a butterfly garden, grassy areas and benches. The boathouse is home to the Silver Bean Cafe and Peterborough Pedal 'n' Paddle. The park is a wonderful venue for weddings, fundraisers, festivals, outdoor music and theatre events. Washrooms are available in the park.

Other features include the Irish Monument, the Steve Chaisson Pond and the Aboriginal Monument.

The Display Room in Millennium Park is available to rent through the Silver Bean Cafe. To inquire about availability call 705-749-0535.

Millennium Park rental rates
Millennium Park - 2020 Rental Rates (subject to Council approval)
Rate categories Rental fees H.S.T. Total
Rate A: 1 to 100 people $132.60 $17.23 $149.83
Rate B: over 100 people $199.92 $25.98 $225.90
Rate C: commercial events $673.20 $87.51 $760.71

All fees included hydro and water where applicable

 

R.A. Morrow Memorial Park

55 Roger Neilson Way

Morrow Park is a 20 acre green space, next to the Peterborough Memorial Centre, the City's premier major sport and event centre. The park is home to the Peterborough Exhibition. It  features four ball diamonds, an open field and barns. Parking and washrooms are available.

Riverview Park and Zoo

1300 Water St.

The Riverview Park and Zoo is located on 55.5 acres at the north end of the City. It features 25+ exhibits with over 48 species, the largest playground in the City and a splash pad. It is owned and operated by Peterborough Utilities Group.

Community parks

Community Parks attract visitors from beyond a neighbourhood to across the City. Predominantly medium size parks accommodating mostly intermediate and higher level sport and other recreation facilities, with some parks entirely or partially comprising natural heritage features.

To book one of our Community Parks please complete a special event request form.

Pavilion/Picnic/Special Events - 2020 Rental Rates (subject to Council approval)
Amount of people Fees H.S.T. Total
Up to 50 $63.34 $8.27 $71.19
51 to 75 $76.24 $9.91 $86.15
76 to 100 $101.87 $13.24 $115.11
101 to 200 $126.99 $16.50 $143.49
200 and over $165.54 $24.52 $187.06

All fees include hydro and water where applicable.

 Community Parks
Bonnerworth

560 McDonnel St. 

Bonnerworth Park features four premier tennis courts, two adult ball diamonds and a skateboard park. Parking and washrooms available.

Bowers

765 Brealey Dr.

Bowers Park features a playground, four adult ball diamonds with lights, washrooms, changerooms and a canteen. Parking available.

Confederation Square 

501 George St.

Confederation Square is centrally located downtown, across from City Hall.  The park contains the Cenotaph War Memorial, the Brown Memorial and the There But Not There life-sized monument of a pair of soldiers silhouettes, installed in honour of the beginning of the end of the war. Pathways are located throughout the park.

Hamilton

575 Bonaccord St.

Hamilton Park features a playground, basketball court, seating and benches.

Inverlea

18 Dennistoun Ave.

Inverlea Park features a playground, basketball court and an outdoor rink.

Jackson 

610 Parkhill Rd

Jackson Park is an oasis in the City. You can stand in the valley, among the trees, next to Jackson Creek, and feel like you're away from the urban centre. The park is a long, meandering green space along a section of Jackson creek. At the eastern end of the park, a trail goes around a pond and there are open grassy areas as well as the historical Pagoda Bridge. The upper area of the park features playground equipment, picnic tables and a large wooded area. Heading west in the park, the trail connects to the Jackson Creek and Kiwanis Trail, a 4 km section of the Trans-Canada Trail that follows alongside Jackson Creek. Parking and washrooms available.

James Stevenson

325 Burnham Street

James Stevenson Park features a junior and senior play area with accessibility features, adult sized baseball and softball diamond with lights, basketball court, bleachers, lights, scoreboard and parking. Washrooms available at the Lions Centre.

Kawartha Heights

2229 Kawartha Heights Blvd. 

Kawartha Heights Park features a junior and senior play area, basketball court and outdoor rink.

King Edward 

455 George St.

King Edward Park features a playground, adult soccer field, basketball court, bocce ball courts, outdoor rink and a splash pad.  Washrooms available onsite.

Knights of Columbus

5 Park St.

Knights of Columbus park features a junior and senior play area, pickle ball courts, basketball court, a youth ball diamond, Legacy Bowl arena and a wading pool.  Parking and portable washrooms available during the wading pool season.

Milroy

242 Milroy Dr. 

Milroy Park features a youth ball diamond and two adult soccer fields. Parking and washrooms are available.

Nicholls Oval 

725 Armour Rd. 

Nicholls Oval features a playground, adult rugby field, basketball court, a track and a splash pad.  A pavilion is located in the upper park and a stage in the lower park. Parking and washrooms are available.

Rogers Cove

131 Maria St.

Rogers Cove offers a lakeside grassy area, an accessible splash pad, a playground, paved trails and a beach that is supervised in the summer. Washrooms and parking area available.

Rotary

 

100 Hazlitt St.

 

Rotary Park runs alongside of the Otonabee River and offers paved trail throughout the park. 

 

Sherbrooke Woods

1454 Sherbrooke St.

Sherbrooke Woods Park features a youth ball diamond and two basketball courts.

Neighbourhood parks

Neighbourhood Parks are intended to serve the close-to-home social and recreation needs of a neighbourhood or part of a neighbourhood – and to be ‘a gathering place for the neighbourhood’. Generally smaller parks within a 5 to 10 minute walk, supporting less organized, passive activities for all ages. Please view the parks map to find a park near you.

To book one of our Neighbourhood Parks please complete a special event request form.

Neighbourhood parks
 
 Barnardo

955 Barnardo Ave.

Barnardo Park features two tennis courts, a youth ball diamond, basketball court, playground and a splash pad. Parking and portable washroom available during splash pad season.

Bridlewood

1648 Ramblewood Dr.

Bridlewood Park features a playground and outdoor rink.

Brinton Carpet

160 Braidwood Ave.

Brinton Carpet features an adult/youth ball diamond, bleachers for spectators, outdoor rink and portable washrooms.

Centennial 

14 Cartier Court

Centennial features a playground, soccer nets and an outdoor rink.

Dixon

120 Benson Ave. 

Dixon Park features a playground, outdoor rink and an unstructured turfed play area.

Earlwood

52 Earlwood Dr.

Earlwood Park features a junior and senior play area, outdoor rink, seating and benches.

Fairbairn and Poplar 

890 Fairbairn St. 

Fairbairn and Poplar Park features a playground, youth ball diamond, basketball court and an outdoor rink.

Grove 

714 Barbara Cres.

Grove Park features a playground, basketball court and outdoor rink.

John Taylor Memorial 

500 McKellar St. 

John Taylor Memorial Park features a playground and wading pool.

Keith Wightman

858 St. Mary's St.

Keith Wightman Park features a playground, youth soccer field and cricket practice pitch.

Kiwanis

234 Middlefield Rd.

Kiwanis Park features a fully accessible playground, basketball court, outdoor rink and an unstructured turfed play area.

Northland

1255 Bathurst St.

Northland Park features a playground, tennis court, youth ball diamondbasketball court and an outdoor rink.

Roper

1610 Firwood Cres.

Roper Park features a junior and senior play area, a tennis court and basketball court.

Sherbrooke

565 Sherbrooke St.

Sherbrooke Park offers a playground and a basketball court.  Seating and benches with accessible features are provided.

Simcoe and Bethune

262 Simcoe St.

Simcoe and Bethune Park has a playground with accessibility features, two premier basketball courts, and an outdoor rink.

Stacey Green

705 Hawley St.

Stacey Green offers a playground, youth ball diamond, two tennis courts, basketball court and an outdoor rink.

Stewart

216 Stewart St.

Stewart Park offers a junior and senior play area with accessibility features and a basketball court. Seating and accessible benches are available in the park.

Stillman (formerly Olympus Park)

1198 Olympus Ave.

Stillman Park features a playground, tennis courts and a basketball court.

Turner

673 Chamberlain St.

Turner Park offers a playground, basketball court, outdoor rink and a wading pool. Portable washrooms are provided during the wading pool season.

Union

616 Union St.

Union Park features a junior and senior play area with accessibility features, basketball court, seating and benches.

Valleymore

383 Spillsbury Dr.

Valleymore Park features a playground and basketball court.

Walker

2085 Walker Ave.

Walker Park features a junior and senior play area, basketball court, paved trail and swings.

Wallis Heights

1225 Bridle Dr.

Wallis Heights Park features a junior and senior play area, basketball court, seating and benches.

Waverley Heights

1189 Scollard Dr.

Waverley Heights Park features a playground, full basketball court and benches.

Wedgewood

1535 Fairmount Blvd.

Wedgewood Park features a junior and senior play area with accessibility features, two youth soccer fields, seating and benches.

Weller 

1140 Weller Cres.

Weller Park features a junior and senior play area with accessibility features, basketball court and an outdoor rink.

Permitting process

The permitting process requires you to submit a special event request form. The request will be reviewed to determine park availability. If available, you will receive a confirmation letter, rental agreement and invoice (where applicable). The rental agreement must be signed and returned to the Recreation Division along with payment. Once this process is complete your booking will be confirmed and you will receive a park permit.

If you have any questions about picnics or small events contact 705-742-7777 ext. 1829. For information on hosting large events call 705-742-7777 ext. 1826.

Special occasion permits

You will not be permitted to serve alcohol on City property without applying for and obtaining a license from the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario (AGCO).

Please contact the Recreation Division for more information about getting a Special Occasions Permit for a City facility or park and ask for a copy of the Municipal Alcohol Policy.

Street closure application

If your event requires streets around the park to be temporarily closed, you must:

Site visits for park rentals
We may require a site visit with the event organizer to allow for a review and discussion of the details in-person at the event venue. We will arrange for a meeting prior to the event.
Refunds and cancellations for park rentals
A refund will be provided if an organizer cancels the booking for the event at least two weeks before the event. If the cancellation is within two weeks before the event was scheduled, there is no refund.

Smoking

As per City By-Law all City parks are smoke-free. Fines are applicable. Peterborough Police and Peterborough Public Health enforce the by-law.