Parks and Pavilions

children playing on splashpad

Peterborough offers over 100 parks, ranging from neighbourhood parks up to regional parks. The trails are extensive and you can walk and bicycle to many places. Visit the City's interactive map to find a park or playground near you! 

Regional, Community and Neighbourhood Parks

Below is a listing of our parks. Several of the regional parks are a great option for large community events. Explore our community parks and smaller neighbourhood parks as well. Visit our sports fields and courts section or the 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 for a community event, please visit the Events page.

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 beachsoccer 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 is available. Washrooms are open seasonally during the spring and summer.

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.

To learn about how to rent this park, scroll down to Regional park and pavilion rentals.

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 is available. Washrooms are open seasonally during the spring and summer.

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

To learn about how to rent this park, scroll down to Regional park and pavilion rentals.

Millennium Park 

270 Water 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. The park is a wonderful venue for weddings, fundraisers, festivals, outdoor music and theatre events. Washrooms are available in the park during the spring and summer.

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

The Event Room in Millennium Park is available to rent through the Silver Bean Cafe. To inquire about availability call 705-749-0535 or email silverbeancafe@gmail.com

To learn about how to rent this park, scroll down to Regional park and pavilion rentals.

Quaker Foods City Square

The Quaker Foods City Square is located in Peterborough's downtown core and hosts a number of community events, such as the weekly farmer's market. During the winter months, the park turns into an outdoor skating rink for community use. Operational dates are weather dependent. Washroom use is available at the Peterborough Public Library, please visit their website for hours of operation.

This location is perfect year round for large community and public events! Learn more about how to permit this space on the Events page.

To learn about how to rent this park, scroll down to Regional park and pavilion rentals.

Visit the Events Calendar to view upcoming events at this location.

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 Events Planning Guide and Application.

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 is available.

The Peterborough Lift Lock National Historic Site is located nearby.

About the park

The Women’s Patriotic League had purchased the park from the John D. Armour estate in 1923. Over the next 14 years, they raised funds by holding teas, bazaars and other fundraisers to pay for the construction of what is now Museum Drive and to replant the hill with 10,000 tree saplings. In 1937, the park was given to the City of Peterborough.

On 24 June 1959, Patriotic League member, Mrs. G.R. Hayes unveiled the plaque during a ceremony under driving rain. About fifty people were in attendance including several City officials, members of the Canadian Legion and various members of the clergy.

Peterborough County Judge John de Navarre Kennedy declared that “there can be no more fitting memory to the dead than a park which the living can use.” City Mayor, Donald Loucks added: “I feel sure those who made the supreme sacrifice would prefer to be remembered by practical means such as these rather than by only cold stone.”

The plaque on the monument located on Armour Hill reads as follows:

This Park was given to the City of Peterborough by the Women's Patriotic League of Ashburnham in memory of the men of Peterborough who fell in the Great War, 1914-1918.

Information provided by the Peterborough Museum and Archives.

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.

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 and parking. Washrooms are open seasonally during the spring and summer.

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 fieldbasketball courtbocce ball courts, outdoor rink and a splash pad. Washrooms available onsite.

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 (available seasonally).

Knights of Columbus

5 Park St.

Knights of Columbus park features a junior and senior play area, pickle ball courtsbasketball court, a youth ball diamondLegacy 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 is available.

Nicholls Oval 

725 Armour Rd. 

Nicholls Oval features a playground, adult rugby fieldbasketball court, a track and a splash padA pavilion is located in the upper park. Parking and washrooms are available.

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 one ball diamond, an open field and barns. Parking is available. Washrooms are open seasonally during the spring and summer.

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 Events Planning Guide and Application.

 Barnardo

955 Barnardo Ave.

Barnardo Park features two tennis courts, a youth ball diamondbasketball 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, and an outdoor rink.

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 diamondbasketball 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 courtsbasketball 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.

Park Rentals and Permits

Certain parks are available to be permitted to play sports, host a private event, or host a community event. Review the options below to complete the permit request form:

Private Event Request Form - for rentals such as weddings, celebrations of life, meetings, and showers where only invited guests will be attending.

Special Event Planning Guide & Application - for public events where community members can attend such as trade shows, or fund raisers. For  information on hosting a community event, please visit the Events page.

Sport Facility Request Form - for rentals including tournaments, single bookings, or ongoing weekly bookings such as sport leagues.

Regional Parks and Pavilion Rentals

Regional parks including Del Crary Park, Millennium Park and Quaker Foods City Square are a great location to host a Community/Public Event. The City also has three covered pavilions that are ideal places to host family reunions, company picnics, anniversary celebrations, weddings, rehearsals, showers, birthday parties and other special occasions. 

2024 Rental Rates
Number of Participants Up to 7 hour rental 8+ hour rental
Up to 100 Individuals $20.00 per hour $17.30 per hour
101 to 249 Individuals $28.25 per hour $24.00 per hour
250 to 499 Individuals $35.30 per hour $30.00 per hour
500 or more Individuals $70.50 per hour $60.00 per hour
Commercial Rate $142.00 per hour $119.99 per hour

The above rates include HST, hydro, and water where applicable.

2024 Pavilion Availability

Weekend Pavilion Availability
2024 Dates Beavermead Pavilion Nicholls Oval Pavilion Heritage Pavilion
Saturday, June 29  Available  Reserved  Available
Sunday, June 30  Available  Available  Available
Saturday, July 6 Reserved  Reserved  Reserved
Sunday, July 7 Reserved  Available  Available
Saturday, July 13 Reserved  Reserved  Reserved
Sunday, July 14 Reserved  Available  Reserved
Saturday, July 20 Available  Reserved  Available
Sunday, July 21 Reserved  Reserved  Reserved
Saturday, July 27 Reserved  Reserved  Reserved
Sunday, July 28 Reserved  Reserved  Reserved
Saturday, Aug 3 Reserved  Available  Reserved
Sunday, Aug 4 Reserved  Reserved  Available
Saturday, Aug 10 Reserved  Reserved  Reserved
Sunday, Aug 11 Reserved  Reserved  Reserved 
Saturday, Aug 17  Available  Reserved  Available
Sunday, Aug 18  Available  Reserved  Available
Saturday, Aug 24  Reserved  Reserved  Reserved
Sunday, Aug 25  Reserved  Available  Available
Saturday, Aug 31  Available  Available  Available
Sunday, Sept 1  Reserved  Available  Available
Saturday, Sept 7  Reserved  Reserved  Reserved
Sunday, Sept 8  Available  Reserved  Available
Saturday, Sept 14  Reserved  Available  Reserved
Sunday, Sept 15  Available  Reserved  Available
Saturday, Sept 21  Reserved  Available  Reserved
Sunday, Sept 22  Reserved  Available  Available
Saturday, Sept 28  Available  Available  Available
Sunday, Sept 29  Available  Available  Available

 Last updated: June 18, 2024

Beavermead Park Pavilion

This pavilion is located at Beavermead Park, 2011 Ashburnham Dr.

The pavilion features:

  • a covered top with one side enclosed with a wall barrier
  • 32 picnic tables available for use
  • water source attached to pavilion
  • hydro available
  • washroom facilities

The park has an accessible playground, beachsoccer fields and beach volleyball courts.

Note: rental of the pavilion does not include the sport fields or beach volleyball courts. They can be booked for an additional fee, if available.

 

Nicholls Oval Park Pavilion

The pavilion is located in Nicholls Oval Park, 725 Armour Rd.

The pavilion features:

  • a covered top with one side enclosed with a wall barrier
  • 32 picnic tables available for use
  • water source is available at the washroom building
  • hydro available
  • washroom facilities
  • pavilion is 2,800 square feet.

Nicholls Oval pavilion

The park also has an accessible playground, rugby field, walking trails and a splash pad.

Note: rental of the pavilion does not include the rugby field. The field can be booked for an additional fee, if available.

Heritage Pavilion in Ashburnham Memorial Park

The pavilion is located in Ashburnham Memorial Park beside the Peterborough Museum and Archives at 300 Hunter St. E. Located near the famous Peterborough Lift Locks and Parks Canada Visitor Centre, and future home of the Canadian Canoe Museum. This site provides a beautiful setting for weddings and special events.

The pavilion features:

  • covered roof and open wood sides
  • 15 large picnic tables
  • hydro
  • A portable washroom is available at this site. Access to the Museum and Archives is limited to pre-scheduled visits only.

Heritage pavilion

You may bring your own tables, chairs and decorations for your event provided the site is restored to its original state, following your event.

Note: a fire extinguisher is required if you are having a barbeque. The extinguisher is available through Community Services with a $75 credit card deposit.

Picnic table access

Picnic tables are provided at the pavilions, however they are chained up in long rows. If you wish to move them around, you will need a key to unlock the chain.  Once you have booked and paid for your rental you can pick a key up at the Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre front desk no earlier than three (3) days prior to your event. You must bring your contract/permit with you and show it to the front desk receptionist (digital copy is fine).  You will be charged a deposit of $25, that will be returned when the key is returned.

The tables must be put back in a row and chained back up at the end of your rental.  They key then must be returned to the Peterborough Sport & Wellness Centre no later than two (2) days after your event.

Note: you must return and lock the tables in their original location at the end of your event.

Neighbourhood Park Rentals

Green spaces within a park can be rented for events such as picnics, fitness classes, weddings and more. 

Small private gatherings of up to 20 people a permit is not required if the event does not include any high-risk activities. High risk activities include BBQ’s, alcohol, animals, inflatables, vendors, tents larger than 10 x 10, programming, fitness classes, fireworks etc.  This small gathering will be considered general use of the park and attendees are required to share the space with others.

If your private gathering will be more than 20 people or include any high risk activities you are required to complete a Private Event Application and obtain a permit for the event.

Rates for green spaces are as follows:

2024 Green Space Rental Rates (includes HST)
Up to 7 hours 8+ Hours
$17.00 per hour $14.50 per hour

Smoke-free Parks

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

Please review an important reminder from Peterborough Public Health about potential fines for smoking or vaping in parks.

Litter Clean-up

Keeping our streets, sidewalks, and green spaces safe and clean for everyone to enjoy is our priority. Help keep our streets, sidewalks, trails, parks and green spaces clean by properly disposing of waste. Reducing litter protects local ecosystems, wildlife and our drinking water.

Visit our Litter page to learn more and organize a clean-up event

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.

 A brief overview of the Parks and Facilities By-Law

Shared use and enjoyment of parks

City Council approved a Parks and Facilities By-Law on August 12, 2019. The intention of the Parks and Facilities By-Law is to balance uses to ensure the shared public use and enjoyment of public parks and facilities and the protection of the natural environment. The By-law clarifies the expectations for shared used and enjoyment of parks, putting them into a legal document.

View the staff report from August 12, 2019

Some key points in the By-law

When the lights go out (Section 10)

Lights in public parks are normally scheduled to automatically turn off at 11 p.m. Basically, parks close at 11 p.m. – as much as any open space can really be closed. The by-law states that parks are closed between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m., except for approved events or when people are passing through a park on a trail or pathway.

Activities requiring a permit (Sections 12 and 13)

Exclusive use of a sport field or court: Organized league play is an exclusive use of a public space for a period of a time. It’s an appropriate use of parks and facilities, but it needs to be scheduled and regulated. And there are times when people shouldn't be on sport fields, such as when they're too wet in the spring and could be damaged by heavy use.

Exclusive use of a pavilion or park: Events requiring exclusive use of a portion of a park, or a pavilion requires a permit. Depending on the activities for the event, additional documentation and insurance requirements also must be met.

Events with alcohol: Events that will include alcohol requires adherence of both municipal and provincial guidelines. A permit is required to access the space.

Events with BBQs or grills: Events that include cooking on a BBQ or a grill requires a permit and proof of insurance.

Fireworks and open air burning:

  • Fireworks are not permitted on municipal property. Commercial grade fireworks are only permitted to be discharged from the Fireworks Barge on Little Lake. 
  • Open air burning is not permitted within the City of Peterborough. Special consideration may be granted for educational or ceremonial purposes.

Large speaker systems: Someone using a large speaker system in a public park is likely affecting someone else’s enjoyment of that public space. Before they go setting up that public speaker system, they would need to get permission.

Sales of food, drink, or merchandise: Anyone wanting to sell or advertise food, drinks, merchandise, and services in City parks and facilities requires a vendor permit.

Temporary structures: Setting up a structure, hut or tent in a public park also requires permission from the City. A structure, hut or tent occupies, either temporarily or longer term, space that’s for the shared use or enjoyment of the public.

Visit the Facility Booking page to review the application process and request a permit.

Activities subject to specific rules (Section 14)

The City may establish conditions or restrictions for some activities that take place in public parks to ensure their shared use and enjoyment and to protect the natural environment.

Section 14 of the by-law lists activities that are permitted but that may be subject to conditions or restrictions for the benefit of all who use parks and to protect the natural environment. Here are some examples of activities and reasons that the City may consider putting in place conditions or restrictions on those uses of parks:

  • Taking a boat through a park, launching a boat, or putting your boat on the shore or beach in a park but avoiding areas where people swim;
  • Playing sports, which could include designating some areas for sports while other areas of parks are for passive use for other people;
  • Riding a bicycle, for example bicycles shouldn’t be used on sport fields;
  • Skateboarding, rollerblading or roller skating, which could be designated activities in some park areas and prohibited in other park areas;
  • Swimming, wading or bathing, such as where and when those activities can occur in public parks;
  • Using a motorized vehicle but restricting their use to parking lots and driveways; and
  • Using a model airplane, helicopter, drone, rocket or boat but restricting the hours during which they may be operated, the places where they can be operated and other potential conditions and restrictions for their safe operation.

These activities can take place in public parks but could be subject to conditions and restrictions.

If you find a needle that has not been properly disposed of in a City park, or on a trail, sidewalk or road, please call Public Works at 705-745-1386. Peterborough Public Health provides advice for disposing of needles on private property on their Found Needles page.

Report prohibited tenting in a City park