Stay Healthy and Keep Active in Owen Sound!
We have a fantastic community for all of us to enjoy. Beautiful parks, breathtaking scenery and dedicated groups providing opportunities for all ages to be active. Splash in the Harrison Park Pool, bike the Tom Thomson trail, and play some pick-up baseball or basketball.
Look for the City’s new Skate and Park at Victoria Park developed in partnership with the Kiwanis Club of Owen Sound. Cool off in the Good Cheer Splash Pad, located at Kelso Beach Park. Meet some friends at the Major & Friends Leash Free Dog Park along the Inner Harbour, 1st Ave East.
Booking Policies and Procedures:
These facilities can be booked through Service Owen Sound in person or by phone:
City Hall, 808 2nd Avenue East, Owen Sound.
Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 4:30pm
By Phone: 519-376-1440
- Picnic Shelters- Kelso Park and Harrison Park
- Harrison Park Community Centre
- Harry Lumley Bayshore Community Centre
- plus many others!
Parks & Open Space
Owen Sound has an abundance of greenspace and parks within the City’s boundaries with something for everyone! Owen Sound offers many local neighbourhood parks with a variety of amenities. For detailed information on our larger parks, please refer to the chart below. For rental inquiries, please contact 519-376-1440.
Ball Diamond bookings start annually on the first business day of April in person at City Hall.
Kelso Beach Park is a 9 hectare oasis on Georgian Bay, at the mouth of the Pottawatami River in Owen Sound.
Recreational facilities include a brand new splash pad, sandy playground, picnic shelter, soccer fields, baseball diamonds, waterfront access and paved, multi-use trails.
It is accessible by car via the Eddie Sargent Parkway (with parking on site), or by foot or bicycle via the Harbourfront Walkway. The park offers views of the eastern shore of the harbour, and is lined with willow trees in many areas.
Harrison Park is an urban dream, with more than 40 hectares of streams, trails, gardens, playgrounds, forest and green space, right in the heart of the city. Often called our “jewel in the crown,” the park features dining and recreation facilities, a full-service campground, boat rentals, a bird sanctuary, mini-putt, basketball courts, pools, and an open-air rink. Its network of trails leads through forest, fields and streams to Inglis Falls, and connects directly with the Bruce Trail on the Niagara Escarpment. Our resident swans and their offspring will delight all ages, along with the many other species of birds frolicking and sunning themselves in our ponds and river.
Owen Sound boasts two campgrounds within the heart of the City. Whether you want to experience an outdoor weekend retreat, have friends visiting or are hosting a local tournament, the Harrison Park Campground or Kelso Park Campground offer accommodations close to all amenities.
Owen Sound Trails Network
Situated in a dynamic outdoor playground, the City of Owen Sound is proud to be home to some of the area’s most elaborate trail systems. Trail users can enjoy the sunsets from trail routes along the shores of the bay or the quiet strolls along the harbour walkway. Harrison Park offers trail goers a diverse selection of both hard surfaced and natural earthen trails extending into the vast Grey Sauble Conservation land leading to the ever popular Inglis Falls. The Tom Thomson rail trail provides outdoor enthusiasts with a well maintained portion along the City’s east shore. For those that like to explore, there are four gorgeous waterfalls in close proximity to the city, all accessible by trail and waiting for the adventure seeker.
Stoney Orchard Park Trail Improvements
This section of the Owen Sound Trail Network offers a great vista of Owen Sound Harbour and runners and hikers may notice some new changes. Last year the City, in co-operation with the Tom Thomson Trail Group, improvements to the existing trail were completed. Users will notice the trail has been re-routed in a few sections, tree branches trimmed, and a new stone base installed. The trail will also feature new directional signage in the near future.
Emerald Ash Borer Alert (EAB)
Ash trees are a significant species in the City’s urban forest, which includes trees on private as well as public lands within the City. Like many Ontario municipalities, Owen Sound faces a threat to its Ash tree population. The exotic, invasive insect pest Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has infested many Ash trees throughout Southern Ontario.
In the spring of 2014, with the potential threat of this pest, Owen Sound City Council approved the Emerald Ash Borer Management Plan to reduce and mitigate the impact of EAB. The first step in the EAB Management Plan is a complete inventory and assessment of the City’s Ash trees, to better understand the true management costs for selective treatment and removal of publicly-owned Ash trees.
How the Public can Help
Report signs and symptoms of infested trees to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, toll free at 1-800-442-2342 or online at www.inspection.gc.ca or contact the OMNR at 1-800-667-1940