2021 Summer Playground Program

All participants must be registered for the program through the City's online booking system or in-person at the park in order to attend due to COVID-19 restrictions and protocols. See below for registration details.

The program operates for six (6) weeks on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. from Monday July 5 to Friday August 13. Trained park leaders provide fun and exciting play opportunities for children between the ages of 5 and 12. Active and quiet games, sports, songs, and crafts are offered daily. For information on volunteer opportunities and the Volunteer Application Form, please see below.

Parents and guardians are welcome to come with their children to the Park for the activities. Children under the age of 5 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. There are exciting activities scheduled each and every day, so be sure to register for before it's too late!

Please Note: Participants of the program must be able to access their homes at all times during the program hours. Program sites do not all have access to water or washroom facilities. The program will close during periods of moderate to heavy rainfall, severe weather such as thunder and or lightning and when the humidex reaches 40oC. This decision only affects the Summer Playground Program. 

The on-going COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in changes to the way participant's enter the park. ALL participants will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon entry to the park. Participant's will be denied entry if they are experiencing any symptoms. Participant's will be asked to leave the park if they develop symptoms of COVID-19 throughout the day.

Participants are to bring sunscreen, hat, water bottle, running shoes, and comfortable clothing (for sports).

2021 Summer Playground Program Olympic Games

The Tokyo Summer Olympic Games have finally begun and to celebrate, the Summer Playground Program will be hosting our very own Olympic Games in all 10 parks from Monday July 26th to Friday July 30th! We invite all children, aged 5-12, to register and attend the park of their choice at the time listed below to participate in the Games. Registration can be completed using the City's online booking system and is required to participate. See below for a schedule and list of events.

Monday July 26th
Tuesday July 27th
Wednesday July 28th
Thursday July 29th
Friday July 30th
  • All parks will design creative flags that represent their park in preparation for the start of the Summer Playground Program Olympic Games!
  • All parks will conduct "training" (i.e. learn the activities and practice them)
  • 9:30 a.m. - Kinsmen Park Olympic Games
  • 11:00 a.m. - Alexander Park Olympic Games
  • 1:30 p.m. - Gallinger Park Olympic Games
  • 9:30 a.m. - Reg Campbell Park Olympic Games
  • 1:30 p.m. - Riverdale Park Olympic Games
  • 9:30 a.m. - Terry Fox Park Olympic Games
  • 11:00 a.m. - Alguire Park Olympic Games
  • 1:30 p.m. -  St. Theresa's Park Olympic Games
  • 9:30 a.m. - Mattice Park Olympic Games
  • 1:30 p.m. - Menard Park Olympic Games

Events include:

  • Long jump
  • 50 metre dash
  • Ball throw (seated position)
  • Paper ball toss (timed)
  • Target Shooting



Each child will be competing against children of the same age. For example, 5-Year Old's from all 10 parks will be competing against each other. First, second and third place will be awarded based on results tabulated from every park.

Age Division1st Place2nd Place3rd Place
5-Year Old's      
6-Year Old's      
7-Year Old's      
8-Year Old's      
9-Year Old's      
10-Year Old's      
11-Year Old's      
12-Year Old's      

The following is the final medal count for each park.

Alexander Park      
Alguire Park      
Gallinger Park      
Kinsmen Park      
Mattice Park      
Menard Park      
Reg Campbell Park      
Riverdale Park      
St. Theresa's Park      
Terry Fox Park      


 2021 Host Sites (subject to change based on registration levels):

Park Name Address Time when leader(s) are present
Alexander Park Eighth St & Adolphus St Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Alguire Park Dundee Ave & Dewhurst Ave Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Gallinger Park Lottie Ave Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Kinsmen Park Third St & Carleton St Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Mattice Park Edward St & Lennox St Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Menard Park Concorde Ave & Billington Dr Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Reg Campbell Park Leitch Dr & Fraser Ave Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Riverdale Park Riverdale Ave & Peter St Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
St. Theresa's Park Thirteenth St & Churchill St Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Terry Fox Park Mercier Ave & Ross Ave Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

2021 Theme Weeks

Theme Description
Beach Palooza The Summer Playground Program is starting off right with a beach theme, weeklong party! This week is filled with friendship bracelets, flamingos, water games and more! Don't miss out on this weeklong celebration.
Around the World  Have you ever wanted to travel to Australia, Japan, Greece or Mexico? Since we have not been able to travel, we are bringing the world to you. This week is filled with traditional crafts and games from around the world! Don't forget your passport.
Surviving the Wild West  Buckle up cowgirls and cowboys! This week you'll learn how to make yourself a bolo tie, lasso a horse and ride off into the sunset. Don't forget your cowboy boots.
Olympics  Take part in the 2021 Olympics with the Summer Playground Program. Participate in making an Olympic torch, a torch relay race and various Olympic sports throughout the week before the closing ceremonies!
Superheros Calling all superheros! We are holding an emergency meeting in your neighbourhood park! We need your help, superheros assemble. 
Cornwall Campout We are bringing the great outdoors to a park near you! Enjoy a week of camping themed activities and crafts in your neighbourhood park. 


To register online for the 2021 Summer Playground Program, please click here. You will be prompted to log in or create an account. If you have an questions or need assistance with the registration process, please email recreation@cornwall.ca or call the Benson Centre at 613-938-9898 ext. 0. You may also register your child at the park during the program.


Travelling Sport and Art Workshops

This year, the travelling workshops will be conducted at parks not offering the Playground Program. These workshops will be offered at 3 (three). The schedule for each Wednesday is as followed:


Snetsinger Park: 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Adams Park: 11:00 a.m. to noon 

St. Joseph's Park: 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.


A sport workshop will be offered on July 7th, 21st and August 4th.

An art workshop will be offered on July 14th, 28th and August 11th.


To register for a travelling workshop, please click here. 


Early ON Child and Family Centre 
Young toddlers (ages 1-4) can enjoy their own experience with the Summer Playground Program at Riverdale and Menard Park. Includes storytelling, crafts, and fun games! More information to follow.
Volunteer Opportunities 

Looking for a place to volunteer for the summer? Do you enjoy spending your days outside and being with kids? Then the Summer Playground Program is the perfect volunteering opportunity for you!

As a volunteer, you will be required to take part in a training session (max. 2 hours) before commencing your hours on the park. This session will ensure that you will understand your responsibilities as a volunteer. Once your training has been completed, you will be assigned to a park location based on your application form.

You will be responsible for helping to make our playground program, its day-to-day activities and special events for children a success.

This will be done by:

  • Showing up to your park regularly and on time
  • Making sure to follow the programs
  • Being patient with everyone

 Some of your duties will include:

  • Conducting COVID-19 screening protocols upon participant's entry to the park
  • Setting up activities and crafts
  • Assisting with supervision of the children on the park
  • Providing positive goals and encouraging achievements
  • Creating a safe and positive environment

Please email all Volunteer Application Forms to recreation@cornwall.ca or drop off at the Benson Centre Front Desk.

Click here for the Volunteer Application Form.

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Lorne Taillon
Leisure Arts Coordinator
800 Seventh Street West, Box 877, Cornwall ON, K6H 5T9
T.: 613-938-9898 ext. 4012
F.: 613-938-8855
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