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Victoria Day weekend is when Port Colborne parks, playing fields, and splash pads typically open for the season, but residents and visitors can expect to enjoy some city amenities a few weeks earlier.

Starting Friday, May 6, the parks crew schedule will extend into the weekend servicing washrooms and waste removal on West Street and at frequently visited parks including H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park and Lock 8 Gateway Park. Crews will also begin servicing park pavilion permits, playing fields for youth soccer, girls’ softball, minor baseball, adult slo-pitch leagues, and tennis/pickleball courts.

Beginning Friday, May 13, the city’s lakeview crew will be starting a week early to service parks and playing fields from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. across the city.

Additional public washrooms including Centennial Park, and the discovery spray pad at H.H. Knoll Lakeview Park are also set to open for the season the following week, just in time for Victoria Day weekend, pending final inspections.

“Weather is definitely a factor in when we fully open for the season, which is why we typically aim for the Victoria long weekend. Staff have been preparing facilities in case we have a long stretch of nice weather in early May, which it looks like we have in the forecast,” said Chris Kalimootoo, director of public works.

For more information about parks, playing fields, trails, pavilions and rentals, visit our website.

Reminder: beach season begins in Port Colborne on Friday, May 20, with the opening of the city’s two public beaches, Nickel Beach and Centennial-Cedar Bay Beach. For more information, including how to apply for a free resident PORTicipate pass or to purchase a parking daily pass, visit our website.

Even though outdoor parks, playing fields, and beaches are opening for the season, the Vale Health & Wellness Centre, including YMCA, remains open and operates rink one during the spring/summer months. The new arena programming schedule for May and June is now available, which includes public skating, parents and tots, senior and adult skate, stick and puck, and more. For the complete schedule, visit our website.   

Have a question about our park amenities or need to report a concern? Contact our customer service team, Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. by calling 905-835-2900, emailing, or completing our online request form.

Need to report a concern after hours? Call 905-835-2900 and press ‘9’ to reach dispatch or complete our online request form.