Contact Details
Office Phone CitizensFirst 905-688-5600
After Hours Phone Emergency 905-935-3813
Fax 905-646-9262
Primary Contact Phil Cristi, Director, Parks, Recreation and Culture Services; Email:
Alternate Contact Jessica Thomson, Office Manager; Email:
Site Details
Areas Served St Catharines
Located In Community St Catharines
Address & Map
320 Geneva St
St Catharines, ON L2N 2G6
Intersection Geneva St and Wood St
Mailing Address PO Box 3012 
50 Church St 
St Catharines, ON L2R 7C2
Service and Access Details
Description (Service) Responsible for the operation of City parks, horticulture displays, trails, Forestry operations, Victoria Lawn Cemetery, Garden City Golf Course, community centres, senior citizens' centres, pools, arenas, cultural services, and a variety of recreation services such as creative arts programs, sport and fitness classes, human interest courses and swimming programs. This includes classes for parents and children to interact together and with others. 
Also included is Lakeside Beach/Park, Carousel, and Harbour as well as Sunset and Jones Beaches. 
Requests for new trees planted on the boulevard can be made to this office. New sub-divisions currently under construction, are automatically included in this service by the contractor. 
Report all graffiti found on City-owned facilities by calling the CitizensFirst.  
Offering a FLOWER POT PROGRAM to make businesses more attractive. Professionally designed and planted, flower pots are available for rent by contacting Ilyse Norton at 905-688-5601 ext. 3140. 
Annual TREE OF LITTLE ANGELS, containing names and ages of children who may not have gifts at Christmas, is available every Christmas season. For more information call Andrew Harwood at 905-688-5600 ext. 1959. 
The FAIR (Fee Assistance in Recreation) program offers eligible, low-income families reduced rates at City run recreation programs, such as swimming, golf lessons, senior centres and other classes. Apply at 905-688-5601, ext 1800 or online at .  
Leash-free dog parks are available at Burgoyne Woods and beside the Russell Avenue Community Centre. 
Community Gardens provide gardening space, and all necessary items, while sharing knowledge and expertise, to ensure that participants learn about gardening in order to grow and harvest their own produce. Targeted to residents of Niagara Housing and those without gardening space. Plots are located at Torosian Park on Ventura Drive. For more information call Niagara Regional Housing 905-682-9201 ext. 3935.
Hours Mon-Fri 8:30 am-4:30 pm
Eligibility No restrictions
Application Online Registration at
Languages English
Fees Program - For some programs, Senior Citizens' Centres, West Park Pool ; Fee assistance available for a half-price discount on fees and passes for city recreational programs (FAIR - Fee Assistance in Recreation program) ; assistance is provided by City of St Catharines (apply at 905-688-5601, ext 1800 or website ).
Physical Access Partially Accessible - Parking - Accessible; Entrance - Usable; Washroom - Not Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (10) Local Government
Service Categories Cemetery Property ; City Government Departments/Offices ~ Sports/Recreation Issues ; Community Gardening ; Graffiti Reporting ; Neighbourhood Multipurpose Centres ; Public Parks ; Recreation Centres ; Recreation Related Expense Assistance ; Swimming/Swimming Lessons
Print Material Leisure Guide

Agency Overview