Durham Region’s Top Parks for Summer Fun:
One of the families’ favorite summer activities is park hopping. They pack a picnic, and their bathing suits and head off to a different park each week across Durham.
Here are the top 15 in order of most popular:
1. Lakeview Park, Oshawa (waterpad)
2. Rotary Sunrise Lake Park, Whitby (waterpad)
3. Rotary Park, Ajax (waterpad)
4. Willow Park, Whitby
5. Beachfront Park, Pickering (waterpad)
6. Folkstone Park, Whitby (behind McKinney Arena)
7. Vipond Park, Brooklin
8. Greenwood Conservation Area ,Ajax
9. Kinsmen Park, Whitby (splash pad)
10. Whitburn Park, Whitby
11. Portage Park, Whitby (Portage Ave, Whitby Shores area)
12. Jack Wilson Park, Whitby
13. Beatrice Park, behind the Oshawa Central Library
14. Frenchman’s Bay, Pickering
15. Williamsburg Park, Whitby
Pickering Recreations Complex:
Pickering Recreation Complex offers Tennis on 4 courts. Equipment is available free of charge for anyone wishing to use the courts. In addition, it offers private, semi private and group swimming lessons to all ages and abilities. You can also enjoy Group Fitness in 3 new high-tech studios, as well as the pool. Pickering Recreation Complex offers programs for every ability and interest.
Ajax Community Centre:
The Ajax Community Centre indoor facilities include 4 arenas, offering year round ice and summer floor activities, 25 metre swimming pool, a top notch fitness centre, the Ajax Rock Oasis: Fun, indoor rock climbing for kids and adults. Birthday parties, school holiday programs, camps and lessons available.
It also includes outdoor facilities: Ajax Cricket Club pitch and pavilion, 4 public tennis courts, Soccer fields and Ajax Soccer Club clubhouse, and more.
Iroquois Park Sports Centre (IPSC):
The Iroquois Park Sports Centre (IPSC) is Canada’s largest municipal sports and recreation complex. Boasting over two million visitors annually, the IPSC is the largest single destination for minor hockey and lacrosse events in Canada. IPSC is home to the majority of Whitby’s hockey and lacrosse sports groups. And, by virtue of its size and available facilities, IPSC is a choice destination for large scale tournaments, athletic events, shows and special events. These events draw a substantial number of visitors from the Greater Toronto Area, Central Ontario and beyond, each year.
Spanning 240,000 square feet, the IPSC houses six arenas – including a 1,500 seat feature arena, – two swimming pools, a 600 seat restaurant, and a Pro Shop. The Centre is situated on 47 acres of parkland offering 4 softball diamonds, 1 senior level baseball diamond, a skateboard park, soccer pitch, playground area, 6 tennis courts, open spaces and parking for 900 cars.
Oshawa features over 1,200 acres of passive and active parkland. Their trails total almost 22 km of paved surface that provide citizens and visitors with an active and environmentally friendly way to discover Oshawa’s internationally recognized parks, culture and natural treasures.
With a wide variety of indoor and outdoor facilities including arenas, recreation complexes, athletic fields, beaches, trails, playgrounds and pools, the City of Oshawa has something for all ages! Explore, play and get active!