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Niagara Falls Recreation Guide Spring/Summer 2021
Keep active and stay healthy
This summer, we've got something to keep everyone moving and having fun. Plus, you could win prizes and help the City win $100,000 for sports and recreation in our community!
  • June Movement join the city-wide competition for daily challenges and a chance to win great prizes!
  • ParticipACTION Community Better Challenge track your activity in June and help the City win $100,000 for our community!
  • Parks & Trails playgrounds, accessibility features, fitness stations, and more
  • Cycling routes, rules and safety tips
  • Athletic Fields baseball, soccer, and cricket
  • Courts tennis, pickleball, and basketball
  • Summer Trillium Awards for beautiful curbside landscaping
  • Aquatics adult swim, aquafit, swim lessons, pools and splash pads
Be sure to check out our new interactive Summer Activities Map to see what's available in your neighbourhood and around the city.
Take care and be safe with these tips on exercising outdoors from Niagara Region Public Health.  Watch out fo high heat alerts and signs of heat stroke. Visit our website for information on free cooling centres throughout the city.
Father playing soccer with kids
This June, every minute and movement count towards ParticipACTION's Community Better Challenge. You could win great prizes for yourself and help us win $100,000 for sports and recreation in Niagara Falls! Simply track the time you spend staying active throughout the month on the ParticipACTION app or website. It's free to join, so get your whole family on board and all your friends, too!

If you're looking for fun activities and more prizes to win, join the June Movement: our city-wide competition with new sports and fitness missions every day!  Open to all residents, all ages, and all abilities. You could win great prizes from the City and local sponsors, including:
  • Gift cards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ($100, $75 and $50 values)
  • Additional WINNERS gift cards (courtesy of NFMYAC)
  • Red Raider basketballs 
  • Zappi's Pizza gift certificates
  • PetroCanada car wash vouchers
  • Land Care Niagara prize packs (trees, tshirts, hats, bat boxes and pollinator seeds)
  • and more!
Join the June Movement on the free GooseChase app (game code M4KQZ5).

Both competitions are free, open to all residents of all ages, and run until June 30.  For complete contest rules, visit our website.
June Movement
Community Better Challenge
two dogs on leash taking a walk
Treat your dogs to a leash-free play date at a City dog park! There's one at each end of the city. Find them both on the Summer Activities Map or visit our website. (Keep them safe and on leash until you're in the enclosed dog parks and at all other City parks and trails.)

Help us keep our dog parks safe for everyone:
  • put dog waste in the green Sutera receptacles or other trash bins
  • always bring extra waste bags
  • fill in any holes your dog digs before anyone gets hurt
  • leave your toys and snacks at home or in the car
  • check the complete dog park rules and guidelines posted at each entrance (and on our website) before your next visit
  • report full trash bins, hazards, or other maintenance issues any time to Parks Maintenance (Municipal Works) email or call 905-356-1355
Dog Parks
Parks Maintenance
A young woman pauses during a run on a trail
There are 22 trails in Niagara Falls for everyone to enjoy and you can find them all in our new Summer Activities Map and on our website.  Check out features like distance, surface type, benches, washrooms, lighting, bike racks, and more.
Trail Etiquette
  • Give everyone space and room to pass.
  • Travel in a predictable manner.
  • Keep to the right and give others room to pass on the left.
  • Yield to slower traffic.
  • When passing, ring your bike bell or say something. Give others time to react.
  • When stopping, move to the right edge or off the trail.
  • Check your speed when others are around and when visibility is poor (turns, bends, hills, and in low light).
  • Use a flashlight or bike light after dark.
  • Keep your dogs safe on a short leash.
  • Teach your children and dogs to use the trails safely.
Every minute counts! Track your activity on the trails every day in June and help us win the Community Better Challenge and $100,000 for Niagara Falls recreation!

For more on Rules & Etiquette (and how to report misuse) please visit our website.
Every minute on the trails counts!
Aerial view of Oakes Park
The track at Oakes Park (pictured above)  is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.  The lights go on at dusk.  Remember to always pass on the left , keep to the right if your pace is slower than others, and give everyone room to use the track safely.  Looking for a playground, ball diamond, cricket pitch or soccer field?  Check out the City's website and remember to track every minute you're out there to help us win $100,000 for sports and recreation in the Community Better Challenge!
Parks, Athletic Fields & Playgrounds
Track every minute!
A couple with their bikes.
From road courses to scenic trails, seeing Niagara on two wheels is not only great exercise but a memorable adventure. We've posted great, local cycling resources on our website for you and you can find bike routes and lanes on the City's website. Remember to track every ride for the Community Better Challenge and help us win $100,000!
Cycling Safety
  • Check your bike before each ride.
  • Wear your helmet.
  • Follow the rules of the road.
  • Ride with the flow of traffic.
  • Do not ride on sidewalks. They are reserved for pedestrians and young cyclists learning to ride.
  • Stay off the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) and 400-series highways.
  • Use hand motion signs when turning to indicate your intentions to motorists, especially at intersections.
  • Use your bell or horn as you approach, to alert drivers and pedestrians.
  • Use a bike light after dark and keep your reflectors clear.
Learn more about Ontario's Bicycle Safety laws & guidelines, and check out CYCLING SKILLS: Ontario’s Guide to Safe Cycling (PDF) published by the Ministry of Transportation (a good refresher for everyone each season). The MTO has also published a version geared toward young cyclists.
Cycling in Niagara
Ontario's Young Cyclist's Guide (PDF)
Disc golf tee
The Disc Golf course at Firemen's Park is free to play and located on the lower level. The course features 18 tees throughout the landscape of rolling hills and wooded areas which are maintained by the Stamford Centre Volunteer Firemen's Association (SCVFA). Remember to track every round for the Community Better Challenge and help us win $100,000!
Firemen's Park
Contact the SCVFA
Wheelchair tennis player hits the ball.
Check out our new interactive Summer Activities Map for court locations across the city! Want to improve your swing, serve or footwork? Youth and adult lessons are available with local, certified tennis coaches this summer at select parks. Remember to track every game, set, and match for the Community Better Challenge and help us win $100,000!
Summer Activities Map
Tennis Lessons
A woman playing pickleball.
Check out our new interactive Summer Activities Map for pickleball court locations across the city! Remember to track your activity in the Community Better Challenge to help us bring home $100K for local sports and recreation, too!
Find a court!
Every pickle counts!
Summer Activities Map Promo
Check out our new interactive Summer Activities Map to find all of the City's basketball courts, trails, playgrounds, pools, splash pads, pickleball courts, dog parks and lots more.

Wherever the map takes you, help us earn the title of Canada's Most Active Community and win $100,000 for local sports and recreation! Every physical activity you do this June counts towards the Community Better Challenge and your chance to win great prizes.  Download the ParticipACTION app or track your minutes on their website to support your community and help us win!
Summer Activities Map
Community Better Challenge
Summer Trillium Recognition Program
As an Official Bee City, we encourage you to plant pollinator-friendly gardens anywhere on your property. This year, the Summer Trillium Recognition Program also asks you to plant pollinator-friendly flowers and shrubs as part of your curbside landscaping. You'll help keep Niagara Falls beautiful and bee-friendly.  Nominations for the Summer Trillium Awards are open until July 1.
Nomination Form
Find Local Garden Centres
Every minute gardening counts!
A couple of women at the pool.
Adult (18+) Lane Swim returns to three of our outdoor pools this season, free of charge. Call the pool house by 5 p.m. the day before to reserve your spot.  Aquafit classes return as well. Learn more on our website!
Adult Aquatics
Every lap and rep count!
A young boy with swim cap and goggles.
Red Cross Swim Kids (RCSK) lessons will be offered only in August this year, for children ages 4 months to 12 years. More information is available on our website.  If your child previously attended National Lifesaving Society swim lessons, check out the equivalency chart online to determine their next class in RCSK. Registration dates will be posted on our website in the coming weeks! As space is limited, we'll send an update to all e-news subscribers, too.

Swim Team will not be offered this year, but we hope to bring it back next year.
Swim Lessons
Every flutter kick counts!
A young girl at the edge of the pool.
Everyone is welcome to enjoy these cooling centres, free of charge.  All five outdoor pools are scheduled to open daily starting June 25 (weather permitting).  For pool locations, hours, and everything you need to know before you arrive, please visit our website.  Splash pads are also open daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.  at seven locations throughout the city.  Please remind your children to practise safe physical distancing and  limit your play time to 20 minutes when others are waiting.
Pool Locations and Hours
Every splash counts!
let's talk Niagara Falls
Find out what's happening in Niagara Falls and check out past projects. Send a shout out, ask a question, or share your comments with our CAO. Let's talk, Niagara Falls.
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Questions or Comments?
Ask us anything or share an idea with the Recreation Department. Our offices are still closed to the public but you can email us or call 905-356-7521 ext 3330.  For park maintenance or COVID-19 By-law complaints, please use the links below.
Park Maintenance
COVID-19 Complaint Form
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