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In an effort to limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community all City Playgrounds and playing fields are CLOSED until further notice. This closure also applies to the Alogport Skate & BMX Park at Lock 8 Park, outdoor fitness equipment at the Vale Health & Wellness Centre, the Tennis Courts at Cedar/Bay Centennial Park and the West Side Tennis Courts. Our parks and trails remain open for passive use such as walks or bike rides. Residents can also walk Cedar Bay/Centennial Beach. Nickel Beach remains closed. As all city facilities are currently closed, public washrooms are not available.
Parks staff are currently fencing off the over 20 playgrounds in our community to prevent community use.
This closure is in response to recommendations by Niagara Region Public Health to practice physical distancing, which means avoiding close contact with others to prevent the spread of COVID-19. To practice physical distancing:
- Avoid non-essential trips in the community;
- Postpone or cancel gatherings;
- Keep kids away from group settings; and
- Stay six feet away from others while out for walks, or shopping for groceries.
Bylaw staff will be routinely checking on playgrounds reminding those who may be using them that they are closed to the public.
It is time to #PORTicipate and #StayHomePortColborne.
For City updates regarding COVID-19, including City facility closures and City service disruptions, visit http://portcolborne.ca/page/covid-19.
Parks, Pavilions & Fields
The City of Port Colborne is home to numerous beautiful parks, pavilions & fields!
Below is a list of some of our more noteworthy recreational properties.
To reserve a pavilion:
Call 905-835-2901 ext. 538Email Community Services
Current Rates & Fees (incl. HST):
To reserve playing field:
Call 905-835-2901 ext. 535Email Community Services
Rental Fees (incl. HST):
Lighting $16 per field after 8:00 p.m.
Please note: All tournaments must be administered through the Community Services office.
*All rates and fees are subject to changes and modifications.
H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park
Established in 1922, one of our major parks is the beautiful H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park.
Located downtown on Sugarloaf Street at Elm Street, this is one of Port Colborne's waterfront parks overlooking Sugarloaf Harbour and Gravelly Bay.
Features include 2 outdoor picnic pavilions, outdoor stage, rose garden, Melissa's Memorial Playground, Discovery Spray Pad and restrooms.
H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park is at the southern end of the Welland Canals Parkway recreational trail, and site of numerous community events including Canada Day Celebrations, and Canal Days concerts.
Discovery Spray Pad
Discovery Spray Pad
Hours of Operation
Victoria Day – Mid June Sat, Sun 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Mid June – Labour Day Daily 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Labour Day – October 1 Sat, Sun 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Please observe the following rules while using the spray pad:
1. Parents or guardians must supervise their children at all times when using the spray pad.
2. Children should be appropriately attired for their age and continence ability to prevent fouling the pool.
3. No glass containers, food, or beverages allowed in the spray area or in the area immediately surrounding the spray pad.
4. Recreational water is not intended for drinking.
5. Do not enter the spray pad if you have an open sore or rash, or are experiencing nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
6. No person shall pollute the water or surface of the spray pad in any matter or the immediate area surrounding the spray pad.
7. No person shall engage in boisterous play in or around the spray pad in any manner.
8. No pets allowed in the spray pad area.
9. The use of bicycles, skateboards, scooters and rollerblades are not allowed in the spray pad.
Please report any spray pad concerns to the Public Works division Monday – Friday
Or after hours at 905-835-5079.
In case of emergency
Emergency telephone located at Marina
Spray pad located at H.H. Knoll Park, 160 Sugarloaf (nearest intersection: Sugarloaf/Elm)
Lock 8 Gateway Park
Lock 8 Gateway Park was established in 1979 to commemorate the visit by then Governor General Ed Schreyer and to mark then 150th anniversary of the opening of the 1st Welland Canal. As a regulating, or guard gate, Lock 8 raises or lowers ships 1 to 4 feet, depending on Lake Erie water levels. At 1,380 feet, it is one of the longest canal locks in the world. The "Jackknife" bridges at either end are raised and lowered as ships pass in, or out of the lock.
It is located at Main Street West and the Welland Canal.
Overlooking the Welland Canal, and one of the world's longest locks, this beautiful viewing area and park features 1 picnic pavilion, an elevated viewing platform of the canal, flower gardens, fountains, and restrooms.
Materials explaining the operation of the Welland Canal, and information on ship schedules and destinations can be obtained at the Visitor Information Centre located across Mellanby Avenue from the park.
Revamped in 1967 by the former Township of Humberstone's Centennial Project, Centennial Park is a 46-acre park overlooking Centennial-Cedar Bay Beach.
It is located on Vimy Road at the southern end of Cedar Bay Road, off Highway #3.
Features include 2 outdoor picnic pavilions, washrooms, tennis courts, volleyball courts, horseshow rings and a sandbeach.
This is the site of Port Colborne Saddle Club events.