Recreation & Culture Division: We Champion Wellness


Our mission is to deliver high quality programs, services, and activities that encourage people of all ages and abilities to engage in healthy and active lifestyles.


The Recreation and Culture Division, located at the Welland Community Wellness Complex, oversees clerical support in relation to minutes and agenda preparation for a number of committees. Friendly staff provide customer service for program registrations facility reservations, and inquiries related to the Recreation and Culture Division. We are available to assist and answer inquiries by telephone, email, or in person.

  • Division budget preparation and control
  • Administration of Provincial grants and wage subsidies
  • CLASS system administration
  • Policy development and implementation
  • Employee recruitment, selection and training
  • Direct Programs & Drop in Programs

Our hours of operation:

Monday to Friday 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Saturdays 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Recreation Program Development

The City of Welland provides many opportunities for all ages and abilities at our Welland Community Wellness Complex, arenas, Summer Day Camps, and outdoor pools. We strive to provide top quality programs to enhance the participant’s lifestyle on a physical, social, and emotional level. Our qualified instructors and trainers will support you to introduce healthy choices and set reasonable but challenging goals. Please see our complete list of Health, Wellness and drop-In programs in our Wellness guide (available online).

  • Preschool, Children, Youth, Adult, and 50 Plus
  • Outdoor and Therapeutic Aquatics
  • Summer Day Camp
  • Special Interest
  • Special Events
  • Fitness Room
  • Employee Wellness Program

Arts & Culture

The City of Welland is dedicated to enhancing Arts and Culture as an integral part of our identity. We are a vibrant, dynamic, arts and culture community, which is essential to the growth and overall health of the City of Welland. Our goal is to help individuals, groups, and organizations recognize the creative, social and economic potential to enhance the lives of others through creativity. Arts, culture, and heritage are a vital and cherished component to Welland lifestyle.

The city has a rich and diverse range of cultural resources, organizations, multicultural groups, a large performance venue, museums, heritage buildings, and an extensive number of independent artists and craftspeople.

In 2012, Welland was part of the Cultural Capital of Canada in conjunction with the Niagara Region. The Arts and Culture Advisory Committee is an advisory committee which consists of dedicated volunteers appointed by Council.

  • Awards and Grants
  • Festivals and Events
  • Community Theatre
  • Welland Arts Awards
  • Welland Farmers Market
  • Project Development Funding Initiative
  • Call for Artists
  • Art on the Wall
  • Arts & Public Arts Policies
  • Culture Days
  • Heritage
  • Public Art – Murals & Sculptures
  • Museums
  • Central Fire Hall

Community & Volunteer Development

The City of Welland has been most successful when a community development approach to service delivery has been utilized and when Individuals, community organizations, businesses and government work together to establish priorities and encourage co-operation and integrated planning.  This ensures a more effective delivery system as well as minimized duplication of resources and services. A key municipal role is the strengthening of relationships between service providers to assist in the delivery of recreation opportunities.

Community and volunteer development plays a significant role in the provision of leisure programming and the development and support of volunteer-based groups in the community.  For our community to be strong, healthy and vibrant, efforts are focused on engaging citizens both physically and socially. The City of Welland recognizes and strongly supports the valued contribution of volunteers, resulting in a larger role in service provision, umbrella organizations/councils to support sports and the arts, and greater citizen participation in community affairs and activities.

  • Committees (Accessibility Advisory Committee, Welland Community Wellness Complex Advisory Committee, Senior Citizens Advisory Committee, Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council)
  • Neighbourhood Recreation Associations (Dain City Recreation, Cooks Mills Community Development Group, Welland Neighbourhood Project)
  • Volunteer Involvement Program
  • Welland Recreation Projects Association (Winter Carnival Family Day Weekend, Canada Day, St. George Family Day, Toys for Tots,  Santa Claus Parade)
  • Special Events Development (Welland Wellness Expo, New Year’s Eve Children’s Bash)
  • Welland Sports Promotion Committee (including Sports Wall of Fame sub-committee)
  • Wellness For All Financial Assistance Program
  • Community Partnership Development (recreation organizations, local businesses, school boards, etc.)
  • Consultation with Community Groups
  • Youth Development (Youth Innovations Drop-In Centre, Skateboard Park & Youth Friendly Community, High Five Registered Organization)
  • Community Programming (Community Wellness Services & Workshops, Public Skating, Outdoor Public Pools)
  • Playspace Development Program

Facility Reservation

Looking for an affordable, versatile, and beautiful place to hold your next birthday party, family reunion or business luncheon? The City of Welland offers you a choice of well-maintained, private facilities that provide all the amenities to make your next event memorable.

The City has two arenas, located at 501 King Street, which operate year round with a variety of sports, recreation and specials events. The arenas function with ice mid-August to the end of April, with a full slate of ice-related organizations including Jr. B Hockey, Welland Minor Hockey, and the Niagara Centre Skating Club. During summer
months both arenas host a number of sports including minor lacrosse and Jr. B lacrosse. This facility is also appropriate for special events such as wrestling shows, boxing matches, concerts, circus events, conventions, trade shows, and community events.

The City also works in partnership with outdoor recreation and sport groups to facilitate the growth and development of a variety of affordable activity choices for people of all ages in the City. Volunteer community organizations are the primary provider of various organized sporting events.

The Welland Farmers’ Market operates year round in its historic downtown site. The Market is available for use as a hall suitable for seating of 100 -150 people, ideal for small business meetings, workshops, community group meetings and family gatherings. Furthermore, the Farmers’ Market is a place where local farmers provide shoppers and Welland residents with a wide variety of fresh produce for purchase. During peak season, well over seventy vendors are on site. The market is a full year operation with an indoor market and operates every Saturday.

Market Hours
Every Saturday
6:00 AM to 12 NOON
70 Young Street

Looking to hold a Special Event in the City of Welland? There is a committee in place that simplifies the process of hosting an event.  The Special Event Application Review Team (SEART) which is comprised of City staff representing various municipal departments and other outside agencies that facilitate and support outdoor events taking place on City property and, in some cases, events on private property that have a significant impact on City services. SEART ensures that events are planned with the public’s health and safety in mind so that they can be enjoyed by all.

  • Coordination and allocation of facility use
  • Playspace Development Program
  • Administration of rental permits and collection of fees
  • Special Events Coordination/Consultation
  • Community Arenas, Playing Fields, Playgrounds, Halls and Market Square:

Marketing, Promotion and Public Awareness

Due to the development of Direct and Drop-In Programs, the enhancement of Arts & Culture as an essential part of our community, and Volunteer Development; communication has become an integral part of our success.
Some of the strategies we use to promote our Facilities, Special Events, Community Wellness Programs, Public Awareness (i.e. Bicycle Safety, Active Living, Fair Play) include:

  • Printed Matter – Design, layout, and distribution
  • Welland Community Wellness Guide (Including Advertising design and   sales)
  • Flyers, handouts
  • Brochures, Rack Cards
  • Newspaper advertising (both hard and electronic)
  • E-mail
  • E-newsletters
  • Electronic Signage
  • Television Monitors
  • Social Media








        905-735-1700   Ext. 4000

or email:   recreation