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COVID-19 Update: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, equipment and amenities are restricted. Please visit porthope.ca/COVID-19 for details. Sports fields are open for individual play and group practices with a permit. 

Playground structures re-opened as of July 17, 2020.  Playground structures are not regularly cleaned or sanitized. It is recommended that playground users avoid touching their face and wash and/or sanitize hands immediately after use. There is no limit to the number of playground users, but physical distancing is still in effect.  The play structures at the West Beach and East Beach will be closed on the weekends while the beaches are closed (Saturdays at 7:00 a.m. until Mondays at 10:00 a.m.).

The play structure at Chalmers Park (excluding the swings) is currently closed, as the equipment has been deemed unsafe for use. The swings remain available. 

Re-Discover Parks and Trails

Have you visited our many parks and trails options, or tried a variety of different sport options? Click the links on the map below for ideas on how to get out, get active and re-discover our amazing green spaces!

Parks in the Municipality of Port Hope are officially opened on the first Monday in May (weather permitting) and close the first Monday in October. Once the parks are opened, washrooms are available for public use and the diamonds are groomed and available for bookings. Use of parks prior to the opening date is at your own risk. 

Summer Play Surface

The Caroline Street Rink is currently open for summer use for street hockey, pickleball and more.

Natural Winter ice

Caroline Street Rink is a natural ice surface available in winter (weather dependent) from dawn-10pm.

Ice conditions are reviewed and park opening is posted when available. Lights available when the park is open.

The ice surface is flooded regularly and maintained by the Parks Department with the assistance of valuable volunteers in our community.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the Parks Department for more information 905.885.8760 ext 4107 or email fbeattie@porthope.ca 

Port Hope’s Commemorative Tree/Bench program is an excellent way to honour a loved one while enhancing the community for all to enjoy.

For more information contact Dan Clark, Parks Foreman at 905.885.8760 ext. 4106 or dclark@porthope.ca.

Commemorative Pavers can be purchased for the Cenotpah in Canton. Email fbeattie@porthope.ca for more information.

Groups are required to book parks, ball diamonds and soccer pitches in advance.  Please complete the booking request form and e-mail to prcbookings@porthope.ca or call 905.885.2474 ext 3221.   If your event includes food or alcohol it MUST be approved by Council and meet the Municipal Alcohol Policy and the Health Unit requirements. Parks are booked on a first come first served basis.

If you are planning a Special Event that will include road closures, liquor licenses, etc., please contact our Special Events Coordinator at 905.885.7908 ext 3425 or e-mail jmaidens@porthope.ca.

Wladyka Park (Rose Glen Rd.)
2 adult size ball diamonds, used for tournaments, lights on both diamonds, canteen facility available to rent, small playground behind the canteen, washrooms, picnic table shelter with approximately 8 tables, large parking lot

Kings Field (Victoria St. S)
1 small ball diamond, portable washroom, swings

Lions Recreation Centre (Gifford St.)
2 small ball diamonds (for T-ball), no lights, playground, portable washroom.

Welcome Park (Dale Rd. in Welcome)
3 ball diamonds with no lights (2 adult size & 1 child size), canteen (volunteers), playground, tennis court, washrooms

Memorial Park (Queen St.)
Bandshell, accessible playground, picnic tables, washrooms behind Town Hall

Optimist Park (Cavan St.)
1 youth sized ball diamond, no lights, portable washroom, playground, picnic area (beside river)

Town Agricultural Park (McCaul St.)
Senior hardball diamond (with lights), Junior kids diamond (no lights), washrooms, accessible playground, Fall Fair Centre (unheated structure) available to rent for indoor events and used for vehicle storage in the winter months, tennis courts, soccer pitches (with lights) 2 large adult size in front of the Town Park Recreation Centre and child size pitches in the lower fields.

Alex Carruthers Memorial Park- Garden Hill (City Rd. 9/Ganaraska Rd.)
4 ball diamonds (adult size), 1 with lights, portable washrooms, playground

Baulch Road Park (Baulch Rd.)
2 full-size soccer pitches, trails, comfort station, Port Hope Dog Park

Rotary Park and Eastside Ganaraska
Rotary gazebo, foot bridge, Farley Mowat Boat-Roofed House

Riverside Interactive Park (Mill St. S)
Corn Hole, Ping Pong, Games Tables, Twister, Tic Tac Toe, and an Xylophone

Cavan Street Park (Cavan St./Barrett St.)
Fitness park and trail access

A.K. Sculthorpe Woodland & March (Lake St.)
Trail access

Farini Gardens (& Archive) (Ontario St. and Walton St.)

Kinsmen Park (Mill St. N)

Lakeview Park (Peacock Blvd.)

Little Hope Street (Little Hope St./Sullivan St.)

Margles Park (Victoria St.)

Mitchell/Molson Parkette (Molson St.)

Molson Street Parkette (Molson St./Ontario St.)
Trail access

Monkey Mountain Park (North and South of Highland Dr.)
Trail access

Ontario Street Parkette (Ontario St./Hope St.)

Parkview Estates (Jocelyn St.)

Peace Park (Cavan St./Barrett St.)
Rock garden, trail access

Peter Street Parkette (Peter St./Rose Glen Rd.)

Ralph Hodgson Memorial Park (Joceyln St.)

Ralston Park (Freeman Dr./Ralston St.)

Silver Crescent Park (Silver Cres.)

Wakley Gardens (Queen St.)

Please note that all of our beaches are swim at your own risk.

Caldwell Street Beach (Caldwell St.)
Beach and trail access

East Beach (Mill St. S)
Beach, playground, and Marina

West Beach (Marsh St.)
Beach access

The Department of Parks, Recreation & Culture maintains playground equipment in 19 locations around the Municipality. We are pleased to provide 9 fully accessible playgrounds* for children of all ages.

  • Alex Carruthers Memorial Park (Garden Hill Park)*
  • Baulch Road Park*
  • Big Wood Cres. (NEW Fall 2019)*
  • Caroline St. Park
  • Chalmers Park
  • Commons Park*
  • East Beach*
  • Hewson Park
  • Highland Estates Park
  • Memorial Park*
  • Optimist Park*
  • Rapley Park
  • Sweetheart Estates Park
  • Town Agricultural Park*
  • Trefusis Park*
  • Walnut and Alfred Park
  • Welcome Park
  • West Beach
  • Wlaydka Park
  • Young St. Park

Our playgrounds are inspected on a regular basis to meet CSA standards. If you see damage to any of our playground equipment, please report it as soon as possible to the Parks & Facilities Manager at 905.885.8760 ext 4107 or fbeattie@porthope.ca 

62 McCaul Street
Port Hope, Ontario
(in the Agricultural Town Park)
p: 905.885.7908 info youth@porthope.ca

Illegal dumping activities have been problematic throughout the Municipality– particularly in municipal parks and on our trails. Staff has estimated that between 50 –75% of the waste being collected is a result of residential waste being placed in or beside parks containers.

In order to attempt to reduce the occurrences of these activities and to encourage

responsible behaviours in our parks and trails, PRC staff has identified a number of recommendations for consideration and support from Council. These action items include the following:

✓ The removal of garbage containers has been completed on all trails and will be replaced with strategically located specialized dog waste containers.

✓ Staff also are working on establishing a hotline for residents to report illegal dumping. Residents will be encouraged to report any illegal dumping and an incentive will be provided upon successful issuance of a ticket.

✓ A public awareness campaign is being developed in partnership with the Marketing Department.

REPORTING ILLEGAL DUMPING

prcgarbage@porthope.ca

Hotline: 905 885 8760