Parks, Recreation and Property Management

Due to flooding the Angus McKenzie Trail, Butterfly Meadow is closed effective immediately. Barricades have been put up to stay off the trail until further notice.


Use, Protection and Regulation of Parks and Recreation Areas in the City of St. Thomas By-Law 111-2008


Spring program registration is now open, classes begin April 2018.

Drop in Programs Flyer  updated Jan 4, 2018

Leisure Skate Flyer updated Jan 4, 2018

*****please note the blackout dates on the flyers when there is no program running due to other activities or bookings..

$5.00 Adult Shinny is back!!! Wednesdays and Fridays 12 - 1 pm.  Timken Arena.  No drop in skate programs Fri Feb 23 due to Tournament.

St. Thomas Parks and Recreation inspires and assists community members to live healthy and active lives through parks, open spaces, facilities, programs, and services. 

For program registration call 519-631-1680 ext 4143 or click on the programs link below to register online.

Please check out the following quick links: 

Cycling Master Plan
Lake Margaret Environmental Management Plan 2010
Lake Margaret Water Quality Management Strategy 2014

Drop in programs

To Rent Ice, a Facility Meeting Room, or Wedding Reception: 
Available Ice
The Timken Centre  
Memorial Arena and Auditorium
Public Skating and Hockey  

Municipal Alcohol Policy 2016

To rent a pavilion: Parks  

To purchase a Memory Leaf: Memory Garden 

Jaycees Pool information: Aquatics To register for swim lessons

Civic Awards Banquet: Honours and Awards

For further information or assistance please call the Parks and Recreation Department on our general line (519) 633-7112.  

You are also welcome to visit our administrative office. We're located just inside the front entrance of the St. Thomas Timken Community Centre at 75 Caso Crossing (formerly 2 Third Avenue).  Office Hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.


Drop in $2.00 Leisure Skate 

$5.00 Drop in Shinny Wed and Fridays at 12pm 

Program Updates and Cancelations

Unfortunately, some programs may be canceled if there is low enrollment, availability of facility or availability of instructors.  Full refunds will be issued for any programs that may be canceled by the Parks and Recreation Department. 

The Parks and Recreation Department would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our local businesses, service clubs and organizations for sponsoring many of our programs.  With you we are able to offer affordable, healthy, fun and interactive recreational activities to the citizens of St. Thomas and surrounding area. 

Gift Ideas - Gift Certificates

Looking for a unique Birthday present?  Purchase a gift certificate, for your choice of dollar value, that would then be redeemable towards any of our upcoming winter programs, ice rental, room rental, birthday party, wedding celebration, stag and doe!!!!! 

We will personalize your certificate!!!!! 

Call the Parks and Recreation Department for additional information at 519-633-7112 or visit us at the Parks and Recreation Administration Office located inside the St. Thomas Timken Community, 75 Caso Crossing (formerly 2 Third Avenue).

Get Your Boat License

A Pleasure Craft Operator Card is required to operate power-driven boats and watercraft in Canada - It's the Law.

Every person who operates a motorized boat in Canada must obtain proof of competency.  You can obtain a Pleasure Craft Operator Card by passing a Transport Canada Accredited boating safety test.  Getting your Operator Card proves that you understand Canada's navigation rules and how to boat safely.

Boaters can obtain their official Pleasure Craft Operator Card, commonly know as a boat license or boat card, by successfully passing the BOATsmart! exam.

Meet our Staff

  • Ross Tucker, Director of Parks, Recreation & Property Management - (519) 631-1680 extension 5201
  • Catharine Spratley, Supervisor of Parks & Forestry - (519) 631-1680 extension 5202
  • Gary Drouin, Supervisor of Recreation Facilities - (519) 631-1680 extension 4142 or (519) 633-7112
  • Larry Nelson, Supervisor of Property Management - (519) 631-1680 extension 4280
  • April Gazda, Administrative Assistant - (519) 631-1680, extension 4172 or (519) 633-7112
  • Martin Run, Customer Service Representative - (519) 631-1680, extension 4189 or (519) 633-7112
  • Michael Balderston, Program Coordinator - (519) 631-1680, extension 4143 or (519) 633-7112
  • Alex Connoy, Maintenance Co-ordinator - (519) 631-1680 extension 4282
  • Jacki Hussey, Maintenance Assistant - (519) 631-1680 extension 4281

Key Areas of Effort

  • Facilitation: We make it easy for people to achieve their active and passive recreational goals.
  • Expertise: We provide services, programs or facilities where we are the best qualified or equipped to do so.
  • Positive Workplace Culture: We strive to build a positive workplace where all staff members can contribute to our collective success.
  • Customer Focus: We understand that we are in the business of providing courteous, efficient service to meet the needs of the community.
  • Leadership: We behave in a way that is exemplary and seek ways to introduce beneficial innovation to our community.
  • Environmental Responsibility: We protect our natural environment and we seek to employ business practices that are environmentally responsible.
  • Accountability: We accept responsibility for our actions.
  • Healthy Community: We promote a healthy community.
  • Planning for the Future:  We effectively plan to meet the future needs of our community.

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