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PARKS & PLAYGROUNDS SPRING/SUMMER 2018 • 6 COMMEMORATIVE TREE & BENCH PROGRAM The Municipality of Port Hope is pleased to offer a Commemorative Tree and Bench program in which to honour a loved one. The Tree Advisory Committee’s Trees of Distinction program is also available for nominations of trees in Port Hope. For more info and to download a brochure visit or call 905-885-8760. Tree Donation for a tree is $350. This includes the purchase and planting of the tree as well as any required maintenance. Granite stone plaques can be purchased for $250. Bench Pricing of the bench options are listed below and include the purchase and installation of the bench. Brass plaques can be purchased for $300. Garden Bench: $1325 Traditional Steel: $1225 Trail Bench: $600 Tree donation: $350 The Garden Bench $1325 Located in Heritage Port Hope Area. Traditional Steel $1225 Located in community park lands. Trail Bench $600 Located on trail areas or waterfront. PARKS & PLAYGROUNDS VISIT THE MANY PARKS AND GREEN SPACES IN PORT HOPE Parks are available for use for events, sporting activities, picnics, weddings and more! Wladyka Park (Rose Glen Road) ✓ 2 adult-size ball diamonds with lights ✓ Bleachers ✓ Playground ✓ Shelter with picnic tables Town Park (McCaul Street) ✓ Adult ball diamond with lights ✓ Junior ball diamond ✓ Skate park ✓ Playground ✓ Tennis court ✓ 3 adult-size soccer pitches and several child-size pitches Optimist Park (Cavan Street) ✓ Mid-sized ball diamond ✓ Playground ✓ Shaded area beside the river Alex Carruthers Park (Garden Hill) ✓ 4 adult-sized ball diamonds (1 with lights) ✓ Playground Book one of our parks for your next event! To book e-mail Groups are required to book parks, ball diamonds and soccer pitches in advance. For large, special events requiring road closures, liquor licences, food handling and/or Council approval, first contact the Special Events Coordinator at or 905-885-7908. PLAYGROUNDS Various upgrades have been made to accessible playgrounds over the last couple of years! The Municipality of Port Hope provides playground equipment in 20 places, including accessible playgrounds at: ✓ Optimist Park ✓ Baulch Road Park ✓ East Beach ✓ Commons Park ✓ Memorial Park ✓ Hewson Dr. ✓ Trefusis St. Municipal playgrounds are inspected on a regular basis to meet CSA standards. If you see damage to any of the playground equipment, please report it as soon as possible to the Parks and Facilities Manager, Leslie Roseblade at or call 905-885-8760. Welcome Park (Dale Road /Hwy 2) ✓ 2 ball diamonds ✓ Shelter with picnic tables ✓ Playground ✓ Bleachers Memorial Park (Queen Street ) ✓ Bandshell ✓ Accessible playground ✓ Picnic tables ✓ Access to washrooms Baulch Road Park ✓ 2 full-size soccer pitches ✓ Trails ✓ Comfort Station ✓ Port Hope Dog Park Rotary Park & Eastside Ganaraska ✓ Rotory gazebo ✓ Foot bridge ✓ Farley Mowat Boat-Roofed House NEW ACCESSIBLE PLAYGROUNDS

WATERFRONT & TRAILS PORT HOPE TRAILS Port Hope offers both rural and urban trails for walking, cycling, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. ✓ New for 2018 Naming of Trails program! Watch for details and updates to trail signage and wayfinding along the Ganaraska River (Phase 1 of this project). ✓ The Port Hope section of the Waterfront Trail connects Clarington to the west and Hamilton Township through Cobourg to the east. The urban section of the waterfront trail on the east side of the Ganaraska River with spectacular views of Lake Ontario features the dedicated handiwork of volunteers that made this trail possible including benches, bird feeders, a gazebo, boardwalk and viewing area. This section also tributes the community leaders who played a key role in the trails development – The Keith Richan Walkway, Peter Huffman Trail and the A.K. Sculthorpe Memorial Woodland Marsh. The Waterfront Trail is also a natural waystation for monarch butterflies and provides the resources necessary for monarchs to produce successive generations and sustain their migration. Update: The Port Hope Waterfront Trail experienced extensive damage with record high water levels in Lake Ontario in 2017. Some sections of the Trail remain closed. Repairs will be completed pending water levels in spring and summer of 2018. Residents and visitors are asked to be diligent in obeying postings and notices. ✓ The Ganaraska Trail Pine Ridge section starts at the cairn opposite the Town Hall in Rotary Park beside the Ganaraska River. With 65 kilometers of varied terrain, this section is easy and novices should have no difficulties. ✓ Try the new Greenbelt Route that was created to make it easier for Ontarians to access the natural beauty of the Greenbelt. It connects dozens of rural communities, encouraging tourists to cycle to their destinations and support local economies. Visit their website WATERFRONT The Port Hope waterfront offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities including hiking, swimming, boating and leisure. Marina The Port Hope Marina facilities will be closed in 2018. The boat launch will be open for public use through pay and display parking. Washrooms will be available. Beaches Our East and West Beaches are fantastic places to unwind. Clean, sandy beaches provide a quiet place to take a dip or work on your tan. Playgrounds and picnic areas are available close by. FEATURE PARK Beautiful sand beaches Cavan Street Park- Outdoor Fitness Park The new outdoor fitness park at Cavan Street Park has been installed and is ready for you to use. This equipment, geared to ages 13 yrs+, is available to those who are out on the trail, or those that want to enjoy the benefits of physical activity in an outdoor setting. Also, new this year is the oudoor fitness loop which loops Cavan Street Park to Riverside Park with physical activity stations. Get out, give it a try and be active! PARKS AND TRAIL UPGRADES As a community Strategic Plan priority, the Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture has established areas of focus for parks and trail upgrades. These areas include: Trail upgrades along the River including paving lighting and outdoor fitness options, Riverside Interactive park, and the fish ladder park trail development. GET OUT and be ACTIVE The Ganaraska River The majestic Ganaraska River offers some of the best trout and salmon fishing in the province and draws anglers from great distances to fish the “Ganny.” The spectacular trout run in the spring offers excellent steelhead trout fishing and in the fall salmon achieve sizes of 30 to 40 pounds! Fish Ladder Park ZERO TOLERANCE for illegal FISHING Corbett’s Dam (known locally as the Port Hope fish ladder) is the best place to view fish as they leap their way up the ladder to the spawning grounds in the north. This fish sanctuary has a no fishing rule. To find the fish ladder, follow these GPS coordinates: 43o58’10.7”N78o17’44.5”W. CHECK OUT our fish SANCTUARY 7 WATERFRONT & TRAILS SPRING/SUMMER 2018 •

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