Leisure and Recreation 


To all Sports Users ,

Please be advised that due to the extreme cold and wet spring conditions all City of Brantford sports fields will remain closed until further notice.

The scheduled May 1st  opening  date for all play and practices will unfortunately be delayed. 

At this time we are anticipating a start -up date of May 15, 2018.  Note that  Kiwanis Field and  Bisons Alumni North Parks Complex will be reopened as soon as  ice and snow build –up within the facilities have disappeared and are deemed safe for use.   We appreciate your support and understanding on this matter as  staff require adequate time to prepare the fields and ensure safe conditions  for another successful and busy season.  Because of the extreme weather conditions, we have not been able to undertake the necessary inspections, turf maintenance, repairs , lining or grooming  and all other field preparation tasks.  We understand that everyone is eager for spring and to start play as soon as possible but we ask for your patience as staff work hard over the next several weeks to  ensure suitable playing conditions. Even as it becomes warmer and  the sun is shining,  ground conditions remain problematic with heavy clay soils and drainage related issues in many areas.  A reminder that premature field use can lead to severe turf damage,  increased user risk and longer term field closures. 



We will keep you apprised of any further changes to the anticipated start- up on May 15, 2018.

Community GardensEqual Ground Community Gardens

There are currently 9 active community gardens in neighbourhood parks, each with between 3 or more raised garden beds for local residents to use.

These gardens, maintained fully by community residents and volunteers, provide places for growing local, healthy and nutritious fruits and vegetables here in our city and neighbourhood parks. Click to view the list of Community Gardens

Southwest Sports Complex Project

Update Spring 2017 City of Brantford Southwest Sports Complex Project

In response to the current and anticipated demand, in 2011, the City of Brantford together with a consultant team reviewed the design opportunities for a 94 hectare property on the north side of Shellard Lane in the Southwest area of the City. The team proposed development for residential, commercial and institutional uses as well as a fulsome recreational facility comprised of playing fields, parkland, playgrounds, picnic shelters, trails and parking. The addition of a community centre with a library, gymnasium and multi purpose rooms is also being considered. Click to view detailed information

Become a snow buddy

Leaf Raking & Snow Buddy Program!

The City of Brantford Leaf Raking & Snow Buddies program is continuing to take registrations for the 2016-2017 season for both Youth and Seniors.

Please feel free to contact the Beckett Adult Leisure Centre for more information as well to receive a registration package. Contact us at 519-756-3261 ext. 5569 or email snowbuddies@brantford.ca.

Please click for general information or click for pricing guidelines that are included on the website for more details.

Kiwanis Field

Kiwanis field new state of the art outdoor athletic facility

New state-of-the-art Kiwanis Field outdoor athletic facility features both synthetic turf and an 8 lane rubberized track as well as permanent bleacher seating, a central press box, electronic scoreboard and light standards for night time use, the Kiwanis Field has been built to accommodate a variety of sports including football, soccer, track and field, rugby and field lacrosse. The new Field will also be suitable to play host to a number of profile events including Special Olympics and Para Sports.

Click for information about Kiwanis Field

Healthy Kids

Healthy Kids Community Challenge Brantford-Brant

Our community is one of 45 across Ontario proudly taking part in the Healthy Kids Community Challenge to promote children’s health through physical activity and healthy eating. Research shows that being active every day is essential for growing children. Good things happen when our kids move more. Stronger muscles and bones. Greater focus and attention. Self-confidence. Better coordination. Active kids are happier, they sleep better, and they do better in school. Children are active by nature which is why the theme of the Healthy Kids Community Challenge is “Run. Jump. Play. Every day.” The goal of the passports is to encourage that natural urge to be active.

Click for information about Healthy Kids and view calendar of activities

Recreation in and around Brantford

A family with two small children canoeing on the Grand River

With the gorgeous Grand River, multiple heritage sites and museums, over 1000 acres of park area, fitness centres and fun splash pads, Brantford has something for everyone, no matter what you're looking for.

Get involved and meet new people through a healthy activity, like catching a fitness class at the Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre. This facility is a state of the art sports complex, including:

  • 25-metre pool
  • 65-metre pool
  • Hydrotherapy pool & warm water pool
  • Waterslide & Sauna
  • dry-land training room
  • fitness centre & fully equipped weight room
  • gymnasium
  • 4-pad arena with indoor running track
  • Licensed Lookout Sports Lounge restaurant & cafe
  • Centreline Sports Physio and Wellness Centre
  • football field, outdoor track & other amenities

Spend a leisurely day on one of the City’s two gorgeous golf courses – from competitive green fees to excellent, full-service pro shops, your day is sure to be a good one when teeing off in Brantford.

For those looking for a bit more adventure, the city offers over 60 kilometres of trails with access along the way to such famous sites as the Bell Homestead National Historic Site, the place where Alexander Graham Bell conceived the telephone in 1874; Mohawk Chapel, the only Royal Chapel outside of the British Isles; or the Glenhyrst Art Gallery, home to many beautiful works – just to name a few.

Brantford’s many community centres are waiting for you! From tots to seniors, our facilities offer year-round, registered or drop-in programs that are sure to suit any taste.

Register for recreational programs online at RecConnect

RecConnect Internet Program Registration
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