ST. MARYS PARKS
St. Marys is filled with a variety of park areas that offer quiet moments of solitude or hours of activity.
Riverview Walkway: A scenic 1.5 kilometre walk along the eastern bank of the Thames River. Have a nice leisurely walk along the river, rest on a park bench and enjoy the view of Victoria Bridge, the dam (Little Falls), or the wildlife along the riverbanks. McGiveron Parkway, overlooking the dam, is a quiet retreat on the edge of the downtown core area. Take some time this season and enjoy a peaceful walk along the river!
Milt Dunnell Park (formally the Flats): Located on the Thames river, this picturesque park offers the scenery of the Grand Trunk Trail and north end of the falls; a favorite backdrop for wedding photos. The Flats is a restful area to enjoy a picnic lunch, launch a small boat at the ramp, play on the children's equipment (installed Fall 2006), enjoy a game of lawn bowling as a participant or spectator, or watch a ball game on a summer’s evening. A perfect spot for those momentous photos!
Lion's Park: Located at the north end of Milt Dunnell Field; a newly structured wooden shelter with picnic tables and hydro. This is a great location to have family picnics and enjoy the view of the Grand Trunk Trail. Access to the trail is only steps away from this park. A great spot for family gatherings!
Grand Trunk Trail: A three kilometre walking trail on an abandoned CN rail line along the north edge of St. Marys. The trail includes two bridge crossings, one at Emily Street, and the other over the Thames River. You can also enjoy reading the names of donators on plaques that line the bridges over the Thames. Plaques are still available to purchase for a $35 donation and arrangements can be made at the Parks Department (408 James St. S.) or call 284-2340x350. You can print out your own donation form to bring with you to save time. A tax-deductible receipt will be sent for your donation. Other opportunities for donations are also available. For information you may visit the website www.stonetown.com/gttsm or email Grant Brouwer the St. Marys Manager of Development Services. Enjoy the most beautiful view of St. Marys!
Avon Trail: A linear hiking trail running from St. Marys to Conestogo, Ontario Canada established and maintained by volunteers. Also, it exists due to the generosity of landowners. It provides a link between the Thames Valley Trail and the Grand Valley Trail. Most of the trail runs through scenic farmland and meanders along small rivers and streams. Since it is a continuous long distance trail, it also follows a few country back roads, and occasionally a busier route through the small towns in its path. The trail is marked at regular intervals by white rectangular blazes. Motorized vehicles, camping, and fires are not permitted on the trail. The Avon Trail provides hiking opportunities led by volunteer leaders. For more information you can visit the Avon Trail website at www.avontrail.ca.
Kin Park: A lovely serene park along both sides of Trout Creek. View the water fowl, visit the swans, enjoy the playground with your children, have a picnic at the gazebo and spend some time enjoying the arboretum on the north portion of the park. A walking bridge connects the two portions of the park. St. Marys Kinsmen have been instrumental in developing this park, therefore it is suiting to the name. Use the gazebo for those family gatherings or a backdrop for photos!
Lind Park: A passive park in downtown St. Marys just a block south of the Town Hall on Church Street. This park has been named after John Lind who rehabilitated an old garbage dump using his workers from the St. Marys Cement Company during the depression. John’s daughter-in-law, Mrs. Lind, refurbished the park in 1987 to prepare for the erection of Arthur Meighen’s statue. Lind Park is a pleasant spot during any season, but is enjoyed mostly for a picnic spot during the summer. A beautiful quiet park to enjoy a picnic lunch!
Solis Park: Situated behind the Pyramid Recreation Centre, this area is very busy during the summer months. The main attributes are a lit ball diamond and two soccer fields; there are washroom facilities. There is a covered shelter (built by the Kinsmen) and picnic tables, which provide a great spot to hold gatherings. Come enjoy all the activity!
Meadowridge Park: Located at the northeast edge of the Meadowridge subdivision. A regulation soccer pitch has been developed here.
Southvale Park: A small park just east of Meadowridge Variety. A junior soccer pitch has been developed here but it can also be used as a passive park. Come to support our local soccer teams!
East Ward and West Ward (Watt) Parks: East Ward Park is the site of early cemeteries in St. Marys and now the location of two small ball diamonds and a playground. West Ward (Watt) Park is on the other side of town and has one small soccer pitch and new play equipment installed Fall 2007. Both parks are pleasant spots to spend a summer’s afternoon with the kids. Enjoy watching our younger baseball and soccer players!
The Millennium Park: Millennium Park is found on the north side of Trout Creek between Water Street and Wellington Street. This park commemorates the year 2000 and is a very pleasant spot to rest and enjoy the view. Park benches have been place there as well to recognize merchants who have died but contributed to the spirit of St. Marys. A lovely spot to watch canoes go by.
The Peace Garden: Planting of the Peace Garden on the scenic Riverview Walkway along the Thames River began in 2001. A dedication and memorial service was held on September 11, 2002. With gardens on both sides of the walkway, it is evolving into a place to spend a quiet moment as you stroll the walkway at any season of the year.
Cadzow Park: Cadzow Park is very active during the summer, with the main attraction being a supervised swimming pool. The pool opens the 3rd weekend in June and closes on Labour Day. The depth of the pool ranges from 2’ - 4 ½ ' making it more suitable for younger patrons and families. For rates, check out the Aquatics page of this site. For additional information please call the Aquatics office during normal business hours at 284-2340x623 or email Andrea Slade, Aquatics Supervisor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Come enjoy a free swim and festivities with us on Canada Day!!