Parks & Trails

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The following outdoor recreational amenities will re-open as of 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, May 22 

  • soccer and other sports fields
  • tennis
  • basketball courts
  • skate parks
  • Playgrounds will continue to remain open

No outdoor team sports or recreational classes are permitted at this time.  Splash pads will remain closed. These activities are identified in Step 1 which is estimated to begin on June 14 in the provincial governments Roadmap to Reopen, a three-step plan to safely and cautiously reopen the province and gradually lift public health measures.  

Please continue to practice physical distancing of 2 meters, consider leaving the amenity if it is crowded, consider wearing a mask and follow the posted signage.  All other COVID-19 restrictions remain in effect until the Stay at Home order expires on June 2, 2021.

 Belwood Parks

The community of Belwood is located adjacent to Lake Belwood and the Grand River. The following parks are ideal for sports or leisure activities. 
Douglas Park

Located just off Amalia Cres., this park features:

  • Basketball hoops
  • Swing set
  • Benches and picnic tables
Maple Park

Located just off Queen Street, this park features:

  • Pavilion
  • Accessible playground equipment
  • Picnic tables and benches
Sports Field
  • Lit ball diamond
  • Gravel parking lot

 Elora and Salem Parks

The community of Elora is host to many seasonal outdoor sports and community activities at the following park locations:
Bissell Park

Located at Mill and Princess Streets in Elora, and along the Grand River, this park features a mix of passive amenities. The space overlooks a pedestrian bridge and a waterfall and hosts a variety of community activities including Canada Day celebrations and a weekly seasonal farmers market.

  • Accessible washrooms
  • Multi-use pad and outdoor ice rink 
  • Pavilion
  • River boardwalk
Elora Community Centre Irvine Park and Lions Park

Located at 29 David Street, West and Wellington County Road 7, these parks feature:

  • Arena and community centre
  • Ball diamonds (2)
  • Basketball hoops
  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground
  • Washroom facilities
  • Skateboard park  

 

Hoffer Park

Located on James Street:

  • Picnic Shelter
  • Playground equipment
O'Brien Park 

Currently being re-developed and will feature a new splash pad, playground and a washroom/utility building.  For more information and to view concept drawings of O'Brien Park, please visit www.connectcw.ca 

Located at Clyde and Water Streets, this park features:

  • Picnic tables and benches
  • Playground equipment
  • Splash pad 
St. Mary's School Park

Located at 251 Irvine Street, Elora this park features:

  • Baseball diamond
  • Running track
  • Soccer pitch
South Ridge Park

Located at Bridge and Stafford Streets this park features:

  • Accessible playground
  • One full soccer pitch
  • Two mini soccer pitches
Elora Meadows Park

Located at Marr Drive and Stumpf Street

  • Playground
  • Sportsfields 
Veteran's Park, Salem

Located off William Street next to the Irvine River, this park features:

  • Picnic shelter
  • Playground
  • War memorial

 

Passive and Playground Parks

 Fergus Parks

The community of Fergus is host to many seasonal outdoor sports and community activities at the following park locations:

 

Centre Wellington Sportsplex 

Located at 550 Belsyde Ave. and Scotland Street

  • Arena (2) and community centre
  • Swimming pool 
  • Ball diamond
  • Sportsfields 
  • Playground
  • Skate park 
  • Tennis Courts 
  • Picnic shelter 

Fergus Dog Park
  • The Fergus Dog Park is now open. (May 20 2020).  Please see attached assumption of risk 
  • Located on Glengarry Crescent in the north of town
  • Five acres of "off leash" bordered by tress and wetlands
  • Bark mulch trail
  • Nine-piece agility course

Please observe the following rules:

  • maintain 2 metre or 6 feet distance from others at all times
  • Wash hands before and after attending the park
  • Stay home if you or your pet are not well
  • No petting or touching of other dogs 
Ferrier Park

Located on Guelph Road and Elora Street in Fergus, this parks features:

  • Playground
  • Walking path
Forfar Park

Located on Gartshore Street, Fergus this parks features:

Highland Park

Located on the corner of Albert, St. David and Princess Streets, Fergus this parks features:

  • Concession Building
  • Lit baseball diamond with spectator seating
  • 2 Unlit baseball diamonds
  • Washrooms
Millburn Park

Located adjacent to J.D. Hogarth School at 313 Millburn Street, Fergus this park features:

  • Shade Shelter
  • Splash pad
Norman Craig Square

Located in the heart of downtown Fergus on Tower Street, this park features:

  • War memorial
Stait Park

Located on Garafraxa Street, this community park features:

  • Fully accessible playground
Strathallan Park

Located on Strathallan Street, this park features:

  • Soccer pitch
  • Playground
Ryan Park

Located at Ryan and Sadler Streets

  • Playground 
Westminister Highland Park

Located off Riley Cresent

  • Playground 
Victoria Park

Located off Albert Street West, this park features:

  • One lit full-sized soccer field
  • One full sized rugby/soccer field
  • One ¾ sized rugby/soccer field
  • Playground
  • Running track
  • Washroom facilities
Passive and Playground Parks

 Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan

Parks, recreation and culture facilities, programs, and services play an important role in Centre Wellington and in the lives of our residents. To provide direction for these important community assets over the next ten years, the Township of Centre Wellington is updating its Parks, Recreation and Culture Master Plan. This process will provide the Township with up-to-date insight on community needs and effective ways to deliver services, programs and more.

Trails

The Township of Centre Wellington has lots of trailways to spend an afternoon walking, running or cycling on. It's a great way to travel and see the picturesque countryside.

Please see attached brochure for a map of the trails of Centre Wellington 

Here are a few to choose from:

 Trestle Bridge Trail

The Trestle Bridge Trail is a 4 km trail which is jointly owned and operated by the County of Wellington and the Township of Centre Wellington.  This trail provides a stunning natural connection between Fergus and Elora throughout the heart of Centre Wellington.

Cottontail Road Trail

Owned and operated by the County of Wellington, this  12.6 km trail is a portion of the Trans Canada trail System which connects over 24,000km of trails across Canada. Completed in 2015, the trail is a combination of off road, on road and on shoulder trails. Starting just outside of Elora, this trail extends  all the way to the Kissing Bridge Trail located in Guelph Eramosa Township.

Cottontail Road Trail Map

The Aboyne Trail

The  Aboyne Trail, owned and maintained by the County of Wellington, is a scenic trail that covers the Wellington County Museum’s grounds.  It leads  visitors to several outdoor exhibits, including the House of Industry Cemetery, the Pump House, Lime Kilns and the expansive grounds.

Elora Cataract Trail 

A mutual agreement between the Township and the GRCA will see a section of the Elora Cataract Trail re-open for public use.  Read the media release for more information.

 

Located along the former Credit Valley Railway line, this totals 47 km touching historic trail links parks, watersheds and communities along its route. From Fergus the trail runs along the top of Shand Dam to beautiful Belwood Lake Conservation area. The Elora-Fergus loop of this trailway offers a relaxed and varied 9k hike or bike through open farmland and picturesque pathways with spectacular views of the Grand River. This trail also links both towns to the majestic Wellington County Museum and Archives.


The historic Elora Cataract Trailway zigzags its way across the north end of Fergus. Download this Discover Downtown Fergus guide to explore the charm and majesty of picturesque downtown Fergus. Shop, dine, explore and rest, then hop back on the trail and continue on your journey.

Elora's Upper Gorge Trailway

  • Elora's Upper Gorg​e Trailway system offers visitors a self-guided historic tour of the gorge. Follow it through tree-lined streets and along cliff-tops. Discover spectacular views, hidden beaches and historic ruins all within a stone's throw of the village.

Centre Wellington Community Sportsplex Trail

This trail is an old farm hardwood bush trail also used as a campground during special events held at the CW Community Sportsplex.

River Loop 

This loop is intended for those who wish to travel between Fergus and Elora efficiently.  It provides the shortest way to commute on road between the two towns. 

Bissell Park Loop 

Bissell Park Loop is 1.8 km and contains a wonderful boardwalk and paved path.  Cyclist and pedestrian friendly.  
Riverwalk Loop 
This short loop in Fergus provides a great view of the Grand River and the falls.  Intended for pedestrians only. 
Trails Loop 
The Trails Loop is 9.3 km and connects the Trestle Bridge Trail with the Elora Cataract Trailway. The stone dust path provides easy terrain for cycling and hiking. 
County of Wellington Active Transportation 

‘Get a move’ on Wellington!

  • There are a lot of ways to get around Wellington County and keep active: walking, jogging, running, cycling, in-line skating, skateboarding, non-mechanized wheelchairs, snowshoeing, and skiing to name a few.  We are working on a plan to support these types of ‘active transportation’ in our municipality and across Wellington County so you can walk, run, or bike to the local grocery store, school or work!

Background

The Wellington County Active Transportation Plan Steering Committee has developed a county-wide active transportation plan  on behalf of the County and all local municipalities.  The County of Wellington Active Transportation Master Plan is a long-term strategy to create a pedestrian and cycling supportive environment.  The plan includes maps which illustrate spine routes and major loops, on-road and off-road facilities types, and a three phased network implementation plan.  An equally important part of the plan is the promotion of active transportation, including education and encouragement initiatives.

 

 

Building on the success of the Elora Cataract Trail, the Township has created a Trails Master Plan which explores the trails and open spaces in the township and their uses. 

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