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happy 100th anniversary, Playgrounds!

2014 marks the 100th anniversary of Playgrounds. The Playgrounds Program began in 1914, with the opening of five supervised playgrounds in Fort William. The City of Thunder Bay has declared 2014 as the Year of Play, and is celebrating 100 Years of Play throughout the year to honour this exciting milestone. For more information on the history of the Playgrounds program, visit the online Archives exhibit.

Playgrounds - Runs every July to August. 

Playgrounds is a FREE, inclusive, drop-in program for children ages 5* to 12. Playleaders are trained in first aid, arts & crafts, sports & games, behaviour management, inclusion and Healthy Child Development.
(*must be 5 as of January 1, 2014)

View the Playgrounds Summer Key ad here:

Playgrounds Sites Monday-Friday 9:30am-4pm
 Ogden C.C.
 North McIntyre C.C.                                                    
 Vickers Park
 John Jumbo C.C.
 Volunteer Pool


Playgrounds Sites Monday, Wednesday & Friday  9:30am-4pm 
 North End C.C.                                              
 South Neebing C.C
 Waddington Park
 West Thunder


Playgrounds Sites Tuesday & Thursday
 County Park
 River Terrace Park                                                        
 Sherbrooke School
 West Arthur C.C.
 Oliver Road Community Centre



Mondays to Fridays, starting July 2 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm.

All sites will be CLOSED on the following days: Friday July 11, Monday August 4, Friday August 8, Friday August 29.

Locations & Age Specific Programming

Playgrounds is again providing age specific programming this summer. Children will participate in activities and games that are specific to their level of development.

Registration for Children with Special Needs

Playgrounds encourages children of all abilities to participate in our program. In order to provide the best summer possible for a child with special needs, you must contact the Inclusion Coordinator at 625-3220 to schedule your child's attendance.  

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

What do children do in the Playgrounds Program?
Children will enjoy a different theme every day!  Days are packed with arts & crafts, sport & games, music & drama, as well as off-site events. Special guests drop by too! 

Should we bring a lunch? 
Children may return home for lunch or they can bring a NUT SAFE lunch to the park. Supervision between 12 noon and 1 pm is limited to one staff person. 

What else should we pack?
Bring plenty of water, a NUT SAFE lunch (if the child is not returning home for lunch), a snack and a hat. Please make sure the child is wearing sunscreen before visiting the park. Most arts & craft supplies will be provided.

Are staff trained?
All staff is trained in First Aid and the High Five quality assurance program. High Five supports the healthy development of children in recreation and sport.

Can I volunteer with Playgrounds?
To volunteer with Playgrounds, contact us at 625-2350 or email

For more information:
Playgrounds is presented by the City of Thunder Bay Recreation & Culture Division and the Thunder Bay District Housing Authority. For more information on the Playgrounds Program please call 625-2350.