Description & Services
Description (Service) Responsible for the operation of City parks, flower beds, trails, Victoria Lawn Cemetery, 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 trees planted on the boulevard can be made to this office. New sub-divisions currently under construction, are automatically included in this service. 
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 Mike Anderson 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 each Christmas season. For more information call Patrick Carter at 905-688-5600 ext. 1556. 
Low-income families may be eligible for reduced rates at city-run recreation programmes, such as swimming and golf lessons. For more information call CitizensFirst.  
Some of the courses for parents and children include: assorted Dance Classes for all different ages, Sports Classes, as well as Swim Classes including Aquafit and Therapeutic Aquatics.  
Registrations take place at Citizens First, Customer Service Representatives, City Hall, 50 Church St., Mon., to Fri., 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, 905-688-5600, St. Catharines Kiwanis Aquatics Centre, 425 Carlton St., Mon., to Fri., 5:30 am to 10:30 pm, Sat., 7 am-9:30 pm, Sun., 7:30am-8pm 905-688-5601 ext. 1800, Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre, 240 St Paul Street West. Mon., to Fri., 8:30 am to 6:00 pm. For general inquiries call CitizensFirst.  
Leash-free dog park for small and large dogs at Burgoyne Woods. The park is near the picnic pavilion. Parking is available and is adjacent the swimming pool. The park is open from dawn to dusk, daily. All dogs with up-to-date rabies shots and license tags are welcome. Owners must leash dogs while entering and exiting the park. Now have a second leash-free dog park at Catherine Street Park beside 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
Dates All year
Areas Served St Catharines
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 1923 or by searching FAIR at
Contact Information
Office Phone CitizensFirst 905-688-5600
After Hours Phone Emergency 905-935-3813
Fax 905-646-9262
Primary Contact David Oakes, Director, Parks, Recreation and Culture Services; Email:
Alternate Contact Amy Tomiano, Manager, Administrative Services; Email:
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
Accessibility Partially Accessible - Parking - Accessible; Entrance - Usable; Washroom - Not Accessible
Other Details
Legal Status (10) Local Government
Print Material Leisure Guide