Parks are open to residents all year. Summer is filled with beautiful scenery and families enjoying their time together with picnics, swimming, and sports activities. Take a stroll and enjoy the flowers and foliage at their peak. In the winter you can enjoy the trails, ice rinks and beautiful scenery. Pull out your cross country skis and take advantage of a sunny snowy day. Here are some of our major parks:
First Avenue & Fitch Street
One of the premier locations is the Chippawa Park rose garden. This garden features many varieties of roses with the City of Welland rose as a part of the display. This floral garden is the site of many wedding pictures.
St. George Park
St. George Street, off Broadway
Located in the south-west section of the City this park is one of the community parks that once you find it, families always want to come back. Amenities include: picnic areas with pavilions, Olympic pool, wading pool, play structure for children and plenty of off road parking.
Memorial Park Drive & Ontario Road
Located in the south-east end of the City, adjacent to the current Welland Canal, this park offers families a wonderful environment to meet, play and hold family reunions. Amenities include a splash pool, wading pool and community pool, five pavilions, numerous softball fields and children’s play area.
Memorial Park Possible Redevelopment:
Notice of Public Open House - Possible Future Improvements Memorial Park
• Site Analysis
• Project Schedule
South Pelham Road, south of Thorold Road
Located in the south-central section of the City this community park is undergoing many changes and additions. Currently, the park is home to one of the community Olympic size pools, wading pool and has a large passive park area.
Home for the Welland Canal Monument & scenic winter lighting displays, this park is located on King Street, adjacent to the Welland Club and across the street from the Welland Historical Museum. The park is passive in design and features smaller rose gardens, shrubs and trees; a park to relax, read and view the recreational waterway close by this park.
Merritt Island & Canal Lands
Is there an island in the City Centre? Yes there is, discover Merritt Island and the Recreational Waterway when visiting the Welland area. This hidden treasure, located in the downtown core of Welland, is an outdoor paradise. The Welland Recreational Canal Corporation is the proud owner of the canal lands. The Canal Corporation administers and will be responsible for the development of new amenities at Merritt Island and along the recreational waterway lands. To date, trails have been completed and other upgrades will be occurring this year. Upgrades will continue in cooperation with Regional Niagara and based on the recommendations in the 1997 Master Plan for the Welland Canals Parkway & Trails. The City will complete the installation of a new play area for children and other new amenities will be added based on a public consultation process. This property is excellent for family picnics, walking, hiking, biking, and blading, wheeling or jogging.
Welland Leash-Free Dog Park
Ontario Road and Prince Charles Drive
Located adjacent to the Welland Recreational Waterway at the junction of Ontario Road and Prince Charles Drive. There is a large dog fenced playground and one for small dogs no larger than 14 inches at the shoulder. Equipped with benches and a specialty water fountain for our canine friends to have a refreshing drink. Free parking.
Rules of the Park:
- Open dawn to dusk
- Up-to-date rabies and licence tags required
- Use the off-leash area at your own risk
- Leash your dog while entering and exiting
- Keep your dog within sight and under verbal control
- Children Under 16 years of age must be supervised by an adult
- No glass containers, food or toys
- Clean up after your dog
- No puppies under four months, female dogs in heat, sick dogs, aggressive dogs or dogs that require muzzling
- Off-leash area users are subject to the Dog Owners Liability Act and applicable Municipal By-Laws
Pets Our parks welcome you and your pet. Please keep dogs leashed and clean up after them. Children who play in our parks thank you!
Littering is Illegal Garbage containers are located throughout the park for your use. Please dispose of any wrappers or leftovers properly.
Safety and Hazard Elimination Playground equipment and park trees are checked frequently by City Staff, however, if you notice playground equipment which may be hazardous or jeopardizes safety of children, and/or if you see dead, diseased, dying or dangerous trees on parks property, call 905-735-1700.
Vandalism Unlawful behaviour and vandalism will not be tolerated in our parks. All vandalism will be dealt with appropriately. To report vandalism to City property, call 905-735-1700 ext. 3000.
Vehicles/Alcohol The City does not permit motorized vehicles or alcohol in the parks except with the written permission of the City.
No Smoking Niagara Region Smoking By-law Applies to any property owned, leased or controlled by the Niagara Region or any area municipality, whether or not a “No Smoking” sign is posted. NO SMOKING: parks; playgrounds; sport fields; arenas; recreational centres; bus shelters; splash pads; pools; and 9-metres within an entrance/exit.