2023 Summer Playground Program

We are now accepting volunteer applications for the 2023 Summer Playground Program! Please scroll to the bottom of the page, or click here to fill out a form! Staff will be in touch in the coming months with more information.


Summer Playground Program

Tuesday July 4th – Friday August 11th

Trained Park Leaders provide FREE fun and exciting play opportunities for children between the ages of 5 and 12 years at ten park locations throughout the City. (Please see the park locations below). The day will be filled with active games, sports, music, crafts, fun and laughter each and every day, you will not want to miss a day!!

The program runs from Tuesday July 4th – Friday August 11th on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. There will be no supervision at the neighborhood park over the lunch hour. Parents and guardians are welcome to come with their children to the park for the activities. Children under the age of 5 are welcome but they must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times. There are exciting activities scheduled each and every day, so be sure to click here to register online or see the Park Leader any time this summer.

Summer Playground Program Registration - Online (June 20, 2023) and in person at the park (Beginning July 4, 2023)!!

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.


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.


Theme WeekDescription


4th -7th

Wave Hello to Summer 

Summer's here to make a splash!  Celebrate the start of summer and the return of the Summer Playground Program with beach themed, activities, water games and more!


10th -14th

Who Dunnit

Put your detective skills to the test with a spy themed activities and crafts.  Can you spot the spy on the park?


17th - 21st

Circus McGurkus 


Step right up!  Enjoy the spectacular circus themed activities.  Dust off your clown shoes and get ready because the circus is coming to a park near you!



24th - 28th

Roadtripin' Round Cornwall


Pack your suitcase for our road trip around Cornwall.  Participate in Cornwall themed crafts and activities and discover something new about our city!


Special Event:  July 26th

Road trip with us to the Benson Centre for the 3rd Annual SPP Olympic Games!

 July 31st - 

August 4th

Goin' Green

Turn trash to treasure with recycling themed crafts and games.  Reduce, reuse, recycle & have fun doing it!

August 7th - 11th

Feelin' Retro

Get groovy and go back to the past 5 decades, with crafts and activities of the most popular things from 70's, 80's, 90's, 00's and the 10's!


Special Event:  August 10th

Catch a glimpse into the past with the presentation of the 2023 Supershow Videos!


Frequently Asked Questions

Are children supervised during lunch hour?

No. There is no supervision during the lunch hour, children are asked to return home and may return at 1pm to continue the fun!

What happens during inclement weather?

The program will close during periods of moderate to heavy rainfall, severe weather such as thunder and or lightning and when the humidex reaches 40c.  Program participants will be sent home due to any unsafe weather conditions so participants must have access to their homes at all times.  An alert will be sent to parents via email informing them that their children are on their way home.

Are there washrooms available at the program sites?

Some Summer Playground Program locations do not have access to water and/or washroom facilities.

What should my child bring to the park?

Participants are to bring sunscreen, hat, water bottle, running shoes and comfortable clothing.


To register online for the 2023 Summer Playground Program (June 20, 2023), 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 Summer Playground office at 343-585-1715.  You may also register your child at the park during program hours.


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:

  • 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 complete the Volunteer Application Form online, or print and bring into the Benson Centre.

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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