Niagara Falls Welland & Thorold, Ontario Parks

Lift Bridge on the Welland Canal, at Thorold Chippawa Park
First Avenue & Fitch Street
The Chippawa Park rose garden features many varieties of roses, with the City of Welland rose as a part of the display. This floral garden is a popular location for wedding pictures.

Maple Park
South Pelham Road, south of Thorold Road
This community park, in the south-central section of the City, is home to a community pool, wading pool and a large passive park area. There are plans for a splash area, play structures to be added.

Memorial Park
Memorial Park Drive & Ontario Road
Adjacent to the current Welland Canal, in the south-east end of the City, this park provides a family environment to meet and play with amenities like a splash pool, wading pool and community pool, five pavilions, numerous softball fields and children's play area.

Sculpture in Thorold park Merritt Island Park
Old Welland Canal & Welland River
A 4.2-kilometre multi-use trail begins at a parking lot just north of the Welland Water Treatment Plant and runs north between the old canal and the Welland River. A paved path, with a small section of stone chip trail, runs beside the Welland River. The City is adding a new play area for children and other new amenities. This park is excellent for family picnics, walking, hiking, biking, and blading, wheeling or jogging. The Island serves as the home of the Niagara Food Festival, the peninsula's tastiest party, in the last weekend of September each year and the Mike Burwell Memorial Niagara Triathlon on the second weekend in July.

Merritt Park
King Street, adjacent to Welland Club
This park is across the street from the Welland Public Library's main branch and features the Welland Canal Monument & scenic winter lighting displays. The park is intended for passive usage (incontrast to Merritt Island Park) and features smaller rose gardens, shrubs and trees; a park to relax, read and view the recreational waterway beside this park.

Short Hills Provincial Park
Access: Roland Road in Pelham, Wiley Road in Thorold, or Pelham Road in St. Catharines
This 688-hectare natural environment features six established trails designated as either shared use hiking/cycling/horseback riding or exclusively for hiking.

St. George Park
St. George Street, off Broadway
Located in the south-west section of the City this park is one of the community parks that once you find it, families always want to come back. Amenities include: picnic areas with pavilions, Olympic pool, wading pool, play structure for children and plenty of off road parking.

St. Johns Conservation Area
Take RR 20 to N Pelham Rd to Hollow Rd. Fonthill
(on Hollow Road, just north of Baron Road)
Walkers will enjoy nature trails that feature the unique Carolinian zone and a small cold water trout pond.

Steve Bauer Trail
This 6-kilometre multi-use trail stretches from Fonthill to Welland with a stone chip rail bed (and some roads) through several developments and end at the Welland River. Begin your walk in Fonthill at Quaker Road and North Line Avenue

Stop 19 Trail
Begin your walk north of Thorold Road West and continue along the Welland River to Quaker Road. Here, the trail joins to the Steve Bauer trail. This 4.4-kilometre trail is mainly stone dust and is accessible by wheelchairs and strollers.

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