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

Visitors to St. Thomas will be impressed by our parks and recreation facilities. We have one of the most outstanding parks systems for a city its size with thirty-five parks spread over 457 acres.

Leave Your Mark on Pinafore and Waterworks Park!!  If you are interested in purchasing a commemorative or memory bench in one of the City's beautiful parks please contact the Administration office at 519-633-7112 for price and locations.  Only 2 benches left in Pinafore Park.

The Parks and Recreation Department invites you to enjoy the beauty and recreational delights of its two main parks:

  • Pinafore Parkin the southwest section of the city, offers ninety acres, (36 hectares) including a beautiful woodlot and numerous walking trails with major events drawing thousands of visitors each year.
  • Waterworks Parkat the northern city limits, is 100 acres, (40 hectares), of rustic charm and ranks with the top beauty spots of Southern Ontario.  35 acres of managed park lands consisting of beautifully manicured gardens, pavilions, playground and splashpad. 

Washrooms are opened the first Saturday in May and closed for winterization September 30th each year (weather permitting). The outside accessible washrooms will remain open 8am until 8pm.

Splashpads at Pinafore and Waterworks are now open!!  Closing in September.

Children playing baseball with no smoking regulations posted

Music-in-the-Park Program

June until the end of August each summer at the Morris F. Jones Bandshell, Pinafore Park as we showcase incredible local talent for all ages! 

Showtime every Sunday evening 6pm - 8pm unless otherwise stated. Bring a lawn chair or take advantage of the benches at the bandshell. 

All groups perform free of charge.  Freewill donations are collected each week by the performers.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated by the musicians! 

2018 Line up

June 3, 6 pm • Lost at C (rock n roll, big bad, jazz)

June 10, 6 pm • Sophisticated Swing (big band)

June 17, 6 pm • Meg McTaggart (various)

June 24, 6 pm • Stevie’s Sliders (trombone choir)

July 8, 6 pm • Traci Kennedy (country)  

July 15, 6 pm • Far Frum Normal (various)

July 22, 6 pm • The Do-Overs (greatest hits)

July 29, 6 pm • The Smokin’ Bass Band (classic rock)

August 5, 6 pm • Chris Casserly & The Keepsakes (pop/rock)

August 12, 6 pm • AMS (various)

August 19, 6 pm • Sweet Adelines (barbershop and a cappella harmony)

August 26, 6 pm • Dennis Wiley & Friends (country & various)


People watching Movie in the Park 


For 2017, the Smoke Free Movie was hosted under the Big Top off Wellington Street, across from the St. Thomas Timken Community Centre.  Thank you St. Thomas for donating 300 pounds of food to the Caring Cupboard! You make us #stthomasproud.

A very special thank you to our community partners: Elgin St. Thomas Public Health, The Real Canadian Superstore, Galaxy Cinemas and 94.1 myFM!

Pinafore Park, Morris F Jones Bandshell

This is a great opportunity to offer the community an activity that will get people of all ages out of their homes to spend quality time with family and friends. Movies in the Park is free to the public and is an extremely positive use of the park, as it showcases a beautiful setting to enjoy a summer evening.  Admission is free with a donation of canned food items for the Caring Cupboard Food Bank.

Thank you to our residents that donated 275 lbs of food for the Caring Cupboard during Cinderella and Jurassic World!!!!!!!