Parks and Recreation
DYSART ET AL IS IDEAL FOR ANY OUTDOOR ENTHUSIAST. WE HAVE A WEALTH OF BEAUTIFUL FRESHWATER LAKES AND MANY TRAILS THROUGHOUT THE MUNICIPALITY.
Public skating and shinny are available over the March break at the A.J. LaRue Arena.
ACTIVITIES AND OPPORTUNITIES AT THE A.J. LaRUE ARENA: • Hockey • Figure skating • Shinny Hockey • Public Skating • Ice Rentals • Community Centre Rentals
• Karate classes • Haliburton Hockey Haven • Good Food Box program • Skating parties • Summer camps • Ball hockey • Indoor walking • Line dancing • Fitness classes Be sure to visit the events calendar for dates and times of the above activities
FALL/WINTER RECREATION DIRECTORY
Look through the Fall/Winter Recreation Directory to see what activities/events appeal to you and your family. There is something for everyone to do.
PARKS AND OUTDOOR SPACES:
PLAYGROUNDS are located throughout the municipality in: Harcourt, West Guilford, Eagle Lake, Haliburton Lake and Head Lake.
You can SWIM at one of the six public beaches located in the Municipality of Dysart et al.
There are 26 MUNICIPAL BOAT LAUNCHES located within the Municipality.
MEMORIAL BENCH AND TREE PROGRAM:
Through the Memorial Bench and Tree Program you can provide a dedication by placing a plaque in front of a tree or on a bench in one of the beautiful locations available within Head Lake Park or along Head Lake Trail. If you would like, you can choose another one of our beautiful parks scattered throughout the Municipality.
This dedication provides a lasting remembrance in honour of a loved one and enhances the meaning of a bench or tree to park users. People of all ages visit our parks, trails and playgrounds and your generous gift will be recognized and appreciated by all.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Andrew Wilbee, Parks and Recreation Manager at 705-457-2083. A complete list of available benches and trees is available by clicking the link on the sidebar.
PUBLIC NON-MOTORIZED TRAILS:
The Head Lake Trail, Drag River Trail and Glebe Park Trails are strictly non-motorized trails (with the exception of snowmobile use in the winter on sections of the Head Lake Park Trails). These trails can be used for both hiking and mountain biking. Please note: if you are mountain biking on the Glebe Park Trails a donation is requested to help with trail maintenance.
In the winter the Glebe Park Trails are strictly for cross country skiing and a permit is required. Permits can be obtained from the Haliburton Nordic Trails Association or there is a self-serve kiosk adjacent to the tobogganing hill. Snowshoeing trails are located behind the Haliburton Highlands Museum at 66 Museum Road (off of Bayshore Road).
The Haliburton Sculpture Forest is located at Glebe Park is an interactive trail from April – November. During the winter months the only way to access the Sculptures is by cross country skis.
PUBLIC MULTI-USE TRAILS AND MOTORIZED TRAILS:
The Haliburton County Rail Trail is maintained by Haliburton County. No permit is required for use from April 2 – November 30. The trail is strictly for non-motorized users from April 2 – May 1. From May 1– November 30 the trail becomes multi-use; however, the motorized users are only able to be on the trail from 10:00 am – dusk. In addition only ATV users who hold a permit with the Haliburton or Kawartha ATV Associations are allowed to use the rail trail. From December 1 – April 1 the trail is strictly for snowmobiling and a permit is required.
Each of the centres are equipped with full kitchens to serve large crowds or small gatherings. West Guilford and Harcourt Community Centres are managed and operated by community volunteers.
• A.J. LaRue Community Centre
• Harcourt Community Centre – horseshoe pits, baseball diamond and more
• West Guilford Community Centre – horseshoe pits, baseball diamond, outdoor rink, playground, public beach
FREE LIBRARY EQUIPMENT LOAN PROGRAM:
Sports equipment is available for loan from the Dysart Branch of the Haliburton County Library. A sample inventory includes: • Pedometers • Skipping ropes • Basketballs • Discs for disc golf, scorecards and maps • 3 sets of Urban poles • Badminton equipment • Rubber balls • Volleyballs • Soccer balls • Utility balls • Pickle ball nets, racquets and balls • The list goes on…. Visit the Dysart branch and ask to see the equipment loan cupboard!
RECREATION PROGRAMS (SEE EVENTS CALENDAR FOR A FULL LIST OF PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES):
Participating in recreation programs is a great way to meet people, experience active living, and have fun. Some of the above programs are drop in programs that are free or have a minimal cost to participate.
If you would like to get involved, either as a participant or a volunteer, please contact Andrea Mueller, Recreation Program Coordinator.
THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT HAS A BROAD RANGE OF RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDING:
• Coordination of public parks • Property maintenance and improvements • Providing recreation programming • Creating and maintaining the A.J. LaRue Arena