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Citizens First

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

Tel: 905.688.5600

TTY: 905.688.4TTY (4889)


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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

Disc Golf

The St. Catharines Disc Golf Club has installed an 18-hole disc golf course in Centennial Gardens. Disc golf is very similar to traditional golf, except instead of hitting a ball into a hole with a club, players throw a disc into a metal basket. People young and old can enjoy disc golf and best of all, if you already have a disc, it's free to play! Disc golf can be played year round, even in the snow. Contact the St. Catharines Disc Golf Club for more information about the course and to learn about how you can get involved.

2017 Centennial Gardens Improvements

Improvements will be made to Centennial Gardens in 2017, including:

  • Reconstructing the Gale Cres. staircase
  • Installation of a new sun shelter/picnic area
  • Trail improvements
  • Tree maintenance

This project was made possible with support through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program/Avec l'appui du Programme d'infrastructure communautaire de Canada 150, the Niagara Region's Waterfront Investment Program and the City of St. Catharines. 

In addition to the City of St. Catharines this project is funded by:

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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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