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Explore our Parks in the City of Thorold

In the heart of downtown Thorold is the historic Battle of the Beaverdams Park, which plays host to a wide variety of community events throughout the year. Another great source of Thorold pride is the beautiful 29 acre waterfront park Mel Swart - Lake Gibson Conservation Park. You can also discover the final destination of Laura Secord's journey during the war of 1812 at the DeCew House Heritage Park. Be sure to explore Thorold's Indigenous Unity Garden which includes the First Nations Peace Monument celebrating our relationship to the Indigenous community in the Niagara Region. Below is a list of all the parks to discover and enjoy!

 Allanburg Community Park
 

The Allanburg Community Park is a small park conveniently located on Falls Street in Allanburg, across from the Allanburg Community Centre. The park is equipped with a playground structure, monkey bars and a swing set. Benches surround the playground so parents can sit down to enjoy watching their children play. A single lane bocce court is also available for use. Just bring your own bocce ball set. 

 

The park is accessible from Hwy 20 and there is plenty of on-street parking or at the Community Centre parking lot. An adventurous cyclist can also access the Allanburg Community Park by travelling down the Welland Canal Parkway Trail, crossing the lift bridge and turning onto Centre Street.

 Battle of Beaverdams Park

The Battle of Beaverdams Park is a 10-acre, passive, community park in the heart of downtown Thorold. Mature trees, a swing set and benches encourage families to spend time in the park. Walking paths connect Ormond and Towpath streets with Sullivan Avenue at the north end of the park, making access to downtown quick and convenient. Washrooms are located at the back of the bandshell and are opened for use during special events and private rentals. Two large concrete pads are well-positioned in the park for you to set up a food service area, tables or an information booth. Parking is available in the lot at the sound end of the park off of Ormond Street. 

 

The Battle of Beaverdams Park is also home to Thorold’s Millennium Cairn and contains several historical plaques including one describing the Founding Father of Thorold who is buried at Thorold's Lakeview Cemetery. At one time the Welland Canal flowed through the centre of Battle of Beaverdams Park; remnants of it remain today in front of the bandshell. This historic park plays host to a wide variety of community events throughout the year including the Protection Hose Company No.1 Easter Egg Hunt, the popular Thorold Community Market and our Canada Day festivities

 

The City’s bandshell is located in the Battle of Beaverdams Park, which serves as the perfect stage for outdoor concerts complete with bench seating on the hillside. The Thorold Reed Band performs its free summer concert series in the bandshell on selected Wednesdays. Bring a lawn chair or blanket for the best seat in the "house" or be sure to arrive early because audience members fill the benches across from the bandshell quickly. Be sure to stay afterwards to attend our Thorold Community Market which offers fresh produce, flowers and baked goods from local farmers. Local food trucks will also be available for dinner option and local wineries and breweries will be featured weekly in our licensed area.

 

 

 

 

 Beaverdams Village Park

The Beaverdams Village Park is nestled in Beaverdams Village at the end of Kaye Avenue. This 4-acre sports park includes a practice baseball diamond, a half-court basketball court, playground equipment and swing set. The Beaverdams Village Park is a great location for an afternoon of fun with the neighbourhood kids or a family picnic. 

 

 

 C.E Grosse Park

C.E. Grose Park is located on McMann Drive and is home to Thorold’s premiere, full-sized, lighted soccer pitch. The park has a permanent change and washroom facility that also houses the Thorold Soccer Club. This 4-acre park includes two carefully maintained bocce courts, playground equipment and a swing set for children to enjoy. 

 

 DeCew House Heritage Park

The DeCew House Heritage Park is a beautiful passive park located on DeCew Road along the shores of Lakes Moodie and Lake Gibson. This jewel in Thorold’s park system contains the remains of the DeCew House, the final destination of Laura Secord’s journey during the War of 1812. 

 

The DeCew House Heritage Parking parking lot is a great place for hikers and mountain bikers to access the Bruce Trail, as portions of it run through the 6.5-acre park and further into the Niagara Escarpment. Large, mature trees provide ample shade throughout the park. This park makes a lovely location for a family picnic. This stunning park is often requested for use as a wedding location or for wedding photographs.

 

 

Gil Gordon Park

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Gil Gordon Park is located in Rolling Meadows on Sunset Way, and has a newly designed playground for children. It is surrounded by soccer fields and walking trails.

 

 

 

 Hutt Park

Hutt Park is a beautiful, 9-acre, passive park situated between McDonagh Crescent and Forster Avenue. A huge oak tree marks the centre of this park and it is encircled by a concrete pathway that provides a great location for a leisurely bike ride. This park is dotted with mature trees that provide ample shade, making Hutt Park the perfect location for an afternoon picnic with friends. 

 

 

 Jaycee Centennial Park

Jaycee Centennial Park is located on Towpath Street. This one-acre, passive park in downtown Thorold provides a quiet place to enjoy your lunch in the sunshine on a bench.

 

 Martin Street Park

This two-acre community sports park is used often by the Thorold Legion Minor Baseball for many of its games, but is also available for use when games are not scheduled. Reservations can be made at our online booking portal. In addition to the baseball diamond, a playground structure, monkey bars and a swing set are ready to welcome all for an afternoon of fun. Martin Street Park is bordered by Martin Street to the east and Queen Street to the west.

 

 McAdam Park and Splash Pad

McAdam Park is a large, 10-acre community sports park located off of Ontario Street in Thorold South. A large pavilion at the park’s entrance provides plenty of shade on hot, sunny days. The splash pad, which operates from mid-June until the Labour Day weekend is a great place to cool off on a hot summer day. McAdam Park is also where you will find the City’s skate park, complete with ramps, rails and stairs. The City of Thorold strongly recommends that all skate park participants wear appropriate personal protective equipment while using the skate park.

 

If basketball or baseball are more to your liking, then McAdam Park is the perfect place for you. A full-sized basketball court is waiting for a game of pick-up between friends. For the younger children, two large playground structures and three sets of swing sets provide ample opportunities for recreational activities. This park is within walking distance of many homes for quick access to an afternoon of fun. 

 

 McMillan Park #1

McMillan Park #1 is the home of Thorold’s premiere ball diamond. This four-acre sports park is located at the corner of Carleton Street North and Regent Street. The lit baseball diamond is complete with washrooms and change rooms, a batting cage, dugouts for the teams and concession stand. The washrooms and concession stand are open when the park is booked for games and tournaments.

 

The scoreboard in centre field will keep track of the game as fans cheer on their favourite players from the sidelines. Thorold Legion Minor Baseball and several men’s teams play games and host tournaments at McMillan Park #1 throughout the summer months. During the school year, the Thorold Secondary School Golden Eagles also proudly call this park their home field. Portable football uprights along with additional padding around the light standards have made McMillan Park #1 a great place for our local high school football team to play.

 

 

 McMillan Park #2 and Splash Pad

McMillan Park #2 is a two-acre sports park found to the north of McMillan Park #1. This park provides a large, open expanse of grass for sports practice or for children to run around. Benches surround the splash pad and are a great place to sit and have a snack or to hang your towel while you enjoy the cool water. A small parking lot is available at McMillan Park #2.

 

 

 

 Mel Swart - Lake Gibson Conservation Park and Thorold Indigenous Unity Garden
The Mel Swart – Lake Gibson Conservation Park is a 29-acre, waterfront park located on the shores of Lake Gibson. The park can be found at the intersection of Beaverdams and DeCew Roads near the historic Beaverdams Village. This park is an outdoor recreationist’s dream. The boardwalk over the lake provides guests with a better vantage point to enjoy the view of the lake and shoreline. It was through the efforts of local residents and the City of Thorold that the park was officially opened in 2002. This park is an excellent example of re-naturalization that has encouraged the return of numerous indigenous species of birds and animals. The Mel Swart – Lake Gibson Conservation Park is part of the Niagara Greenbelt. There is plenty of parking to accommodate visitors of the park.

 

Featured within the park is the Thorold Indigenous Unity Garden. This garden was established in Spring of 2023 through a partnership of the One Thorold Truth and Reconciliation Committee with the City of Thorold, and is a visible symbol of a commitment to reconciliation with Indigenous peoples. The garden, which is shaped like a turtle, serves as an inclusive outdoor classroom where people from all nations can come together in peace and harmony to reflect, renew, celebrate, learn, and discover through ongoing Indigenous teachings, interactive workshops, activities, and presentations. Through time, this will help deepen a stronger understanding of Indigenous culture and tradition and their global contributions.

 

 

 

 Memorial Park

Memorial Park is a  three-acre, passive park that has been designated under the Ontario Heritage Act. It is located behind the Ontario Paper Seniors’ Centre at the corner of Albert St. E. and Chapel St. S. This lovely park is filled with beautiful, mature trees and is the site of the City’s War Memorial. The Canadian Corps Route path ushers you in to the park from the sidewalk and leads you to the park benches surrounding the cenotaph.

 

The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 17 along with the Canadian Corps Unit 44, host Remembrance Day and Decoration Day ceremonies in this park each year. Residents are invited to honour our veterans, and all who served Canada during war, armed conflict and peace at each of these services. Details of the memorial services are available on the Community Events Calendar in the months of November and June.

 

 Port Robinson Park and Splash Pad

The Port Robinson Park is a three-acre, community sports park located on Canby Street in Port Robinson. This park has it all; it features a baseball diamond with bleachers that is available for league play or drop-in use, a full-sized basketball court, a playground structure with a swing set. It also has a picnic table and a splash pad for the younger ones. There is plenty of parking available for those families making the trip out to the park. 

As an added bonus, park patrons can enjoy watching the ships as they are piloted up and down the Welland Canal to the flight locks. The Port Robinson Park is a great location for family gatherings as there is something for everyone to enjoy.

 

 

 

 

 Richmond Street Park and Thorold Community Pool

The Richmond Street Park is located by the Thorold Community Pool on Richmond Street. A pavilion houses three sets of picnic tables (one fully accessible) that provide a good view of the pool. The Richmond Street Park is perfectly located for families who want to spend an afternoon with the kids swimming in the outdoor pool followed by a picnic. 

 

A walking trail winds through the park and is dotted with benches, picnic tables and charcoal barbeques. Two, bocce courts are available for play, just bring your bocce ball set and have fun. If you stay long enough, the lights will come on and you can keep playing. This four-acre park has plenty of parking available for all.

 

 

 South Confederation Park and Splash Pad

South Confederation Park is a 10-acre, community park that is accessible from Confederation Avenue, Parkview Drive and by paths connecting to the park off of Tara Crescent and Flannery Lane. These paths connect directly to the paved walking path that encircles the park's perimeter. 

 

A soccer pitch with benches plays host to many Thorold Soccer Club games during the summer months. The baseball diamonds (one hard ball and one T-ball) are frequently used by the Thorold Legion Minor Baseball teams. Playground equipment and swings are available for those younger children not playing in organized sports. The splash pad offers respite from the summer sun or when children need to cool down from an afternoon of playing in the park.

 

The municipally operated tennis courts are located at South Confederation Park and are available for play on a first-come-first-served basis. A basketball court and open green space are also available for residents to enjoy. Two large, onsite parking lots are available off of Confederation Avenue and Parkview Drive making tournaments and special events easy to access for those beyond walking distance of the park. A washroom building is located in the centre of the park and is opened during scheduled league play and for community special events.

 

 

 

 

 Sullivan Park and Splash Pad

Sullivan Park is a four-acre, neighbourhood sports park that is bordered by Colborne, Maitland, Elgin and Sydenham Streets. This park features a baseball diamond that is used regularly by Thorold Legion Minor Baseball for games, practices and tournaments. Lighting is available for evening games. The ball diamond has plenty of seating available for fans to watch the games and dugouts to house the players. A washroom facility is available and open for use during scheduled league play and is conveniently located in the same building as the concession stand.

 

Sullivan Park also has playground equipment, swing and monkey bars are accompanied by benches so parents can sit down to watch their children have fun. The pirate theme of the playground equipment is carried over to the splash pad where children can cool off in the water after playing in the park with their friends.

 

 

 Winterberry Park

Winterberry Park is a newer neighbourhood park that was completed in 2014. This 0.5-acre park is located at the corner of Richmond St. and Winterberry Blvd. Families can both enjoy the amenities of this new park.

 

The swing set is complete with an accessible seat to ensure all children are able to swing at the park. Paved walking paths wind through the park and trees. There is also a basketball court for older children and adults. Young trees have been planted that will grow over the years to provide shade on hot days.

 

 

Special Events

We offer permits for the use of municipal parks for community-wide special events, local festivals, private rentals, organized gatherings, sports tournaments, wedding ceremonies and photoshoots. Special event permits are arranged through the Community Services Department.

The use of municipal property and facilities is only permitted when the conditions outlined in the Special Event Manual, including securing the appropriate liability insurance coverage, have been satisfied. Requests for the use of our passive parks should be accompanied with a completed Passive Parks Application Form available at the button below. Please email the completed form to community.services@thorold.ca 

Passive Parks Application Form

Reservation of a Ball Diamond or Soccer Field

Requests for the use of Ball Diamonds or Soccer Fields at any of our municipal parks should be accompanied with a completed Sport Field Application Form available at the button below. Please email to community.services@thorold.ca.

Sport Field Application Form

Smoke-free Outdoor Spaces By-law

The Region of Niagara established a Smoke-Free Outdoor Spaces By-law that prohibits smoking in outdoor public spaces and is applicable at all municipal parks, playgrounds, splash pads, outdoor swimming pools, playing fields and arenas. City Hall, the Thorold Public Library and all recreation and community centres are also included as prohibited areas. Community events and festivals that occur on municipal or regional property are subject to the conditions of this by-law.

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