Park Rentals


Permits for special events, picnics and photos are available for the following parks:

  • Burgoyne Woods: The natural areas contain streams and a variety of topography, providing a lovely backdrop for photos. Picnic areas and fire pits are a great place to hold family get-togethers.  
  • Happy Rolph's: Located along the shores of Lake Ontario, Happy Rolph's Animal Farm offers a tranquil setting for wedding photographs. Morningstar Mill
  • Jaycee Gardens: Hidden just beyond the bustle of Ontario Street on the shores of Martindale Pond, Jaycee Gardens offers a wide array of fall flowers. Remnants of a lock from the third Welland Canal are preserved in the park and provide an ideal backdrop for wedding photographs. 
  • Lakeside Park Carousel: Looking for a different wedding photo background? The Carousel at Lakeside Park in Port Dalhousie is available to rent.*  
  • Lester B. Pearson Park: The Rotary Club of St. Catharines generously donated funds, which resulted in the picnic pavilion. Greenspace, a playground and splash pad provide fun settings for photos.*
  • Montebello Park: Located downtown, Montebello Park features a rose garden, ornamental fountain and band shell. * 
  • Morningstar Mill: Located on DeCew Road, Morningstar Mill features an historic mill, a restored turn of the century farmhouse, a stone bridge and waterfall.

    * Available for booking wedding photos and special events only


Pavilions are available to rent for events, picnics and photos in these parks:

  • Happy Rolph's
  • Lakeside Park
  • Lester B. Pearson Park
  • Montebello Park

Rental Rates

General Park Rental

  • 0-49 people: $94.75 plus insurance per day
  • 50-149 people: $179.05 plus insurance per day
  • Over 150 people: call Citizens First at 905.688.5600

Pavilion Rental

  • 0-49 people: $126.35 plus insurance per day
  • 50-149 people: $252.65 plus insurance per day
  • Over 150 people: call Citizens First at 905.688.5600
  • Hydro usage for pavilions: $37.00

Instructional class in a park (e.g. fitness boot camp)

  • $26.30 per hour plus insurance

Photography permit

  • $36.85 per hour plus insurance

How to Book

Residents interested in renting a park must complete our Facility Rental Permits application form.

  • All bookings are bound by our terms and conditions. Please review the Terms and Conditions for Facilities prior to submitting your facility request form
  • One time bookings will be notified of their approval once all special event applications have been given manager approval.

Special Events 

A special event permit is required if you're renting 3 or more amenities in park and/or the attendance is over 150 people.

For information on how hosting a special event in a park please call Citizens First at 905.688.5600 or email Citizens First


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