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City Hall, 2nd Floor
50 Church St.
St. Catharines, ON
L2R 7C2

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Centennial Gardens


321 Oakdale Ave.

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Centennial Gardens was unveiled in 1967 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of Canada. It is located in Merritton Ward and provides a variety of passive recreational opportunities. The Merritt Trail passes through the park and provides opportunities to view the locks and path of the First and Second Welland Canals or travel further north or south along the Canal Valley. At the south end of the park, beneath Westchester Crescent, are the remains of one of the stone locks from the Second Welland Canal. This is a beautiful park to visit, plan a picnic or have lunch. Within the park, visitors can view a special Centennial gift to the City, a totem pole.

Park Amenities

 2016 Centennial Gardens Partnership Fund

The Centennial Gardens Partnership Fund provides matching funds for community projects in Centennial Gardens, to a maximum of $15,000. Applications are due on Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016 at 4 p.m. and approved projects must be completed by Dec. 31, 2017.

Download the 2016 Centennial Gardens Partnership Fund Terms and Conditions of Funding

View the Council Report that approved this project.


Who Can Apply

  • Incorporated charities, not-for profit corporations and businesses
  • Informal groups and organizations (the City or a formalized group must execute the project)

Project Details

All projects must be completed to City standards and as such, depending on the project, the City may need to assume responsibility for all or a part of executing the project. All projects must comply with the Planning Act which states that funds collected in lieu of parkland dedication can be "spent only for the acquisition of land to be used for park or other public recreational purposes, including the erection, improvement or repair of buildings and the acquisition of machinery for park or other public recreational purposes."

Evaluation Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria

  1. Alignment with Strategic Plan, Recreation Facility and Programming Master Plan or other strategic document
  2. Alignment with park goals:
    • Increase park visitors or attract a wider range of visitors to the park
    • Open sightlines into and/or within the park
    • Improve pedestrian access points and connectivity
    • Removal of some invasive trees and clearing of overgrown vegetation
    • Streambed restoration
  3. Other Criteria
    • Capacity to support long term maintenance/operation
    • Demonstrated ability of the group to complete similar projects
    • Confirmation of matching funds
    • Project reach/audience
    • Project supports engagement or is going to be completed through collaboration or partnerships with other organizations, groups, or the public
    • Ability to leverage other funds
    • Use of in-kind or volunteer labour

Application Submission

Applications must be submitted by Thursday, Nov. 24, 2016 at 4 p.m.

Successful applicants will be notified in January 2017.

Applications can be submitted via:

  • Email
  • Mail:
  • City of St. Catharines

    PRCS - Project and Development Planner
    PO Box 3012 50 Church St.
    St. Catharines, ON
    L2R 7C2

  • Hand Delivered:
    PRCS - Project and Development Planner
    320 Geneva St.
    St. Catharines, ON

Download the 2016 Centennial Gardens Partnership Fund Application.

Contact Information

 For additional information contact the Project and Development Planner at 905.688.5600 ext. 3145.


Customer Service

For general inquires, information on park rentals or to report graffiti, long grass, needles or other maintenance concerns contact Citizen's First or 905-688-5600.

Hours of Operation

This park is accessible from dawn to dusk
This park is available for permit 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Please note: Parks are not available for permit on statutory holidays


Recreational Activity


Passive area
Bicycle and Walking trail
Merritt Trail
Old Welland Canals
Climate Action Niagara Community Garden
Freedom Trail

Policies & Procedures

Click here to view the City of St. Catharines Policies and Procedures for Parks and Green Spaces

Diagrams & Images

Click here to view diagrams and images of Centennial Gardens  
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