Parks, Recreation and Property Management


Public Information Session - Design of New St. Thomas Outdoor Recreational Complex (STORC)

The City of St. Thomas is hosting a public information session regarding the design of the new St. Thomas Outdoor Recreational Complex located at 355 Burwell Road.

The session will be held on May 9th, 2017 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm in the Community Room, Valleyview Home, 350 Burwell Road.

Drop in Basketball

The City of St. Thomas is now offering a $2.00 Drop in Basketball program for ages 13+ on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons (after school). 

Informal Request for Quotation - St. Thomas Timken Community Centre - Skate Sharpening

The City of St. Thomas is seeking qualified recipients to forward a request for quotation for the operation of the skate sharpening room located at the St. Thomas Timken Community Centre, 75 Caso Crossing (formerly 2 Third Ave.)

Send quotation to Gary Drouin, Supervisor of Recreational Facilities, or deliver in person to the St. Thomas Timken Community Centre. Packages available for pick up at the St. Thomas Timken Community Centre Mon - Fri 830am  430pm.




The concrete skatepark surface areas are completed but the site grading and preparation will not be completed for another 3 months.  As a result the grand opening originally scheduled for October 1st will now be taking place in June or July of 2017.


The construction fences will stay up and a defined fenced walkway will be located at the North East corner of the St. Thomas Timken Community Centre.



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  Programs, PA Day, Summer Camp and Swim Lessons registration call 519-631-1680 ext 4143 or click on the programs link below to register online.

Please check out the following quick links: 

Recreational Programs To register for pa day camps and programs
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 Spring Leisure Skate - Starts April 19th. Wed and Fridays: 9am Parent and Child, 10am Little Players, Adults Only 11am

$5.00 Drop in Shinny Wed and Fridays at 12pm. 

Drop in Badminton and Pickleball -  Spring Flyer 

Program Updates and Cancellations

Unfortunately, some programs may be cancelled if there is low enrollment, availability of facility or availability of instructors.  Full refunds will be issued for any programs that may be cancelled 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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