Parks & Recreation
In Peace River, Parks and Recreation are under the auspices of the Community Services Department. With 17 km of paved walking trails and 80.9 hectares of green space there is a lot to oversee and maintain. The department handles all season activity focusing on the three major facilities the Baytex Energy Centre, Athabasca Hall, and the Peace Regional Pool. In the winter months this also includes two sliding hills, five outdoor hockey rinks and two skating area. In summer that attention turns to the five fastball/slo-pitch diamonds, two baseball diamonds, two soccer pitches, two football fields, two tennis courts, 4 pickleball courts, 13 playgrounds, two larger parks (12 Foot Davis and Riverfront Park), as well as an off-leash dog park and a water play park. New to the responsibilities is the operation and maintenance of the downtown skateboard park and skateboard area in Shaftesbury.
Each spring, the Community Services Department’s focus swings to spring flowers, grass cutting and parks and playground management. Each year, local greenhouses are asked to bid for the contract to have their flowers featured at locations throughout our beautiful community. From the flower planters down Main Street, to the hanging baskets and garden plots at our Town-owned facilities, you will notice brightly coloured flowers and grasses. There are over 7,000 bedding plants planted each spring and 65 hanging flowerbaskets.