Green space is not hard to find in Brockton! There are several community parks in Walkerton, Chepstow, Cargill and Elmwood, including these local gems:
Centennial Park, Walkerton - This large park is situated north of McGivern Street, just off James Street, and can also be accessed from Mary or Maple Streets. With Silver Creek running through its centre, Centennial Park offers many recreational opportunities including an outdoor swimming pool, three tennis courts, a children’s playground and covered picnic shelter.
Lobies Park, Walkerton - This extensive park is situated on the Saugeen River on the north side of town, just west of Yonge Street. Its campground has serviced and unserviced tent and trailer sites available between May and October (please see the map for campground layout). The park’s many benches and shade trees make it a favourite spot for picnics! It also features a walking trail, playground, soccer fields, canoe and kayak launch, and wheelchair accessible washrooms. Find Lobies Park on Facebook or view the campground map.
Kin Central Park, Walkerton – A popular park for families with children, Central Park has a covered picnic area, two playgrounds, and a wading pool with a frog fountain. The landscaped Kinette Korner includes a flower garden, water fountain, mini stream and walking path. The park is located on Silver Creek at the corner of Campbell and Yonge Streets.
Heritage Water Gardens, Walkerton – These gardens tell the story of Walkerton’s proud history through a series of plaques. It is also the site of a memorial fountain which commemorates the tainted water tragedy. The park is located on Yonge Street, between Park and First Streets.
Cunningham Rotary Nature Park, Walkerton - The Walkerton Rotary Club was the leader in the development of this natural park that includes a winding uphill path, complete with rest stops, leading to a scenic, covered look-out which gives a breath-taking view across Walkerton.
Chepstow Lion’s Park – This park boasts lighted ball diamonds, a covered picnic shelter, children’s playground and Lion’s Hall. It can be found on the outskirts of the village, just to the east.
Cargill and District Community Park - The Cargill park boasts a new large playground, camping area for some park events, picnic shelter and the beautiful Cargill Pond, lined with benches and shade trees. It is located near the main street, just off the Brant-Greenock Line.
Elmwood Lion’s Park - The Elmwood park is situated adjacent to the Elmwood Community Centre. It contains a covered picnic shelter, washrooms, a ball diamond and children’s playground.
Recreational enthusiasts in Brockton will love the vast network of trails in the area. Enjoy a winding walk along the Saugeen River Trail, a six-kilometre hard-packed trail designed and built by the Walkerton Rotary Club. The non-motorized trail follows the floodplain of the river, and is favourite spot for walkers and cyclists in the summer and skiers and snowshoers in the winter. Popular access points are at the north end of Jackson Street, or behind Tim Hortons on Durham Street.
Outdoor enthusiasts will also enjoy the Walkerton section of the Bruce County Rail Trail, which runs 82-kilometres along the former CN corridor from Mildmay to Port Elgin. The local section starts at the Brant-Carrick township line just south of Walkerton, and continues through town northwest towards Paisley. Approved uses include walking, hiking, cycling, horseback riding, ATV riding, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing, dog sledding and snowmobiling.
Another popular area is the Brant Tract Trails, located north of Walkerton on Concession 12. With over 20 kilometres of mountain bike trails, beginner and cross-country expert riders will love the scenic views available on this rural trail system.
To see a video on the Brant Tract Trails please click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JNAXMcYpv4A&feature=em-uploademail