The City of Cornwall's Recreation Department offers free morning and afternoon drop-in recreation programs in City parks in July and August.

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. There are also a number of special off-the-park events planned throughout the summer, such as soccer tournaments, penny arcades, scavenger hunts and movie days.

The program operates for seven weeks during the month of July and August on Mondays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Tuesdays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Registration for the Summer Playground Program is available at any park site listed 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 visit often and don't miss out on an exciting summer!

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. 

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

2020 Summer Playground Host Sites (subject to change based on participation levels):

Park Name Address Time when leader(s) are present
Adams Park Sydney St & Twelfth St Monday to Friday
Aime Leblanc Park Prince Arthur St Program at Mattice Park Monday to Friday
Alexander Park Eighth St & Adolphus St Monday to Friday
Alquire Park Dundee Ave & Dewhurst Ave Monday to Friday
Bell Park Dundas Cres Tuesday to Friday mornings only
Gallinger Park Lottie Ave Monday to Friday
Heritage Park Heritage Place Monday to Friday afternoons only
Kinsmen Park Third St & Carleton St Monday to Friday afternoons only
Mattice Park Edward St & Lennox St Monday to Friday
Menard Park Concorde Ave & Billington Dr Monday to Friday
Reg Campbell Park Leitch Dr & Fraser Ave Monday to Friday
Riverdale Park Riverdale Avenue & Peter Street Monday to Friday
Snetsinger Park Blessed Sacrament Dr Tuesday to Friday mornings only
St. Joseph's Park Jarvis St & Easton Ave Monday to Friday
St. Theresa's Park Thirteenth St & Churchill St Monday to Friday
Terry Fox Park Mercier Ave & Ross Ave Monday to Friday


To be determined

Theme Description
Sayonara School A welcome to summertime celebration packed with summertime crafts and water themed games! Kids can particiapte in war balloon wars, water gun painting and much more!
Animal Kingdom A jungle themed week where kids take a trip on an African safari! The week is jammed pack with animal themed crafts and games to help transport you on a wild adventure.
Mini but Mighty Magicians A magic themed week where kids learn the craft of magic! Filled with performance themed crafts and games. Kids might even learn a few magic tricks throughout the week.
Little Scientist A science filled week where kids get to be scientist for the week. Kids will get to particiapte in a variey of fun activities including science experiments, science crafts and games that tests their science skills.
Ancient Empire Adventure Travel through time and explore different civilizations in different parts of the world! Kids will participate in arts, crafts and games about Ninjas, cowboys, mummies and much much more!
Kids Camp out A classic camping inspired week, bringing the smores, bonfire and camping to a park near you! Kids will participate in arts, crafts and games including leaf art and a nature scavenger hunt!
Lights Camera Action Kids go behind the scene of their own movie production as they prepare for their supershow video and get a chance to show off their acting, directing, dancing and editing skills. So bring your clapper, your movie star shades, and your director's voice for this action packed week.
Travelling Workshops
Throughout the summer, special guests take time to visit the children at each one of our participating neighbourhood parks. Check with your park leader for full details on dates and time.
Early ON Child and Family Centre 
Young toddlers (ages 1-4) can enjoy their own experience with the Summer Playground Program at Riverdale Park. Includes storytelling, crafts, and fun games!
Sports Workshops 
Coming to a park near you!
Arts Workshops 
Coming to a park near you!
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 an afternoon of training before commencing your hours on the park. This afternoon 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 nearest to you where you will be able to create a schedule with the Park Leader.

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:

  • Setting up activities and crafts
  • Assisting with supervision of the children on the park
  • Assisting at off-park events
  • Providing positive goals and encouraging achievements
  • Creating a safe and positive environment

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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