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City parks are not locked and are available to the public at all times. However, between the hours of 12 a.m. and 4:30 a.m., parks are only open to those "passing through." Residents are asked not to "remain" in a park during those hours. Washrooms are open daily during the summer and designated washrooms are open during the winter season.


Here is a list of public washrooms that are open year round:

  • Henderson Lake Park - north/central - by the large playground
  • Indian Battle Park - Baroness Picnic Shelter
  • Nicolas Sheran Park - Picnice Shelter/Playground
  • Pavan - Riverside (near John Martin Picnic Area)
  • Legacy Park - Depot (east side of park)

Other washrooms available seasonally from May to October are indicated below:

  • Alexander Wilderness
  • Crossings Sports Park
  • Galt Gardens - Pavilion
  • Henderson - east
  • Henderson - pool/concession west
  • Henderson - shoreline pavilion 
  • Indian Battle Park - Alberta Picnic Shelter
  • Indian Battle Park - north
  • Indian Battle Park - south
  • Pavan Park - Jeanne Sauve Picnic area
  • Chinook Tourist Centre
​The City has three parks which are designated as official outdoor skating sites:
  • Henderson Lake
  • Nicholas Sheran
  • Chinook Lake storm water reservoir

These sites are regularly checked for thickness by City staff during the winter season. Once the ice reaches 10 inches or greater, the outdoor skating sites are open to the public.  Updates can be found on the City website, Twitter, and Facebook accounts.


​There are three off-leash dog parks located throughout the City.  Dogs are allowed in other city parks but we ask that you keep them on a leash and clean up after them.  Doggie bag dispensers and garbage cans are located throughout most city parks. Dogs are not allowed to remain within 30m of playgrounds


​There is a mobile security patrol on duty all year long. Security and Parks staff check facilities and permits, walk trails, and act as an information source


​Please contact us at 311 or at


​Nicholas Sheran Park playground
Henderson Park – North (Central) playground
Canyoncrest Park playground
Westminster School – North playground
Assumption School playground


​​All parks are open 24/7 (subject to bylaw), except the gated river valley parks, which are opened at 7:00 a.m. and locked at 10:30 p.m.  Times vary according to season and service provider.


​​Lethbridge Parks connect us to our past, help to keep us healthy, make us happy and are good for the environment. More parks benefits can be found by clicking here.


​Motor vehicles are only allowed on designated public roads.


​Camping facilities are located at the Bridgeview Campground. Youth group tenting is allowed in Popson Park with an approved permit.


Pavan Park has designated equestrian areas and trails.

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​Irrigation schedules are based on irrigating 1" of water per week; frequency and times are based on numbers of zones to be watered and vandalism avoidance.


​The City irrigates 662 hectares of land, which are a combination of sports fields, public parks, and green strips.  The City uses two types of water to irrigate the turf: City water, and Storm reservoir water. Roughly 40% of all turf irrigated in the city comes from storm reservoir water.  With new park design standards, the City is consistently increasing the number of parks irrigated with storm water. 


​The City of Lethbridge has utilized automatic irrigation for many years.  Irrigation technicians are able to remotely start/stop or change watering schedules from their wireless devices.  The City attempts to shut irrigation off when large rain events are expected. 


​All City irrigation systems are automatic; most are controlled by a centralized computer system.  Irrigation technicians are also able to control irrigation systems by wireless devices.

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​The Oldman River, Henderson Lake, RiverStone Pond and Nicholas Sheran Lake provide excellent fishing opportunities. Please be aware that fishing is not allowed in Elizabeth Hall Wetlands.  All Albertafishing license regulations apply.


​Swimming is not permitted in city lakes.  Please enjoy our indoor and outdoor pools.


​Boat access to the Oldman River can be found in Indian Battle Park and Popson Park. Please be aware of the weir portage on the Oldman River and follow basic water safety practices.  Non-motorized boats are allowed on Henderson Lake and Nicholas Sheran Lake.


The provincial government provides stock trout in Nicholas Sheran pond, as well as RiverStone's pond located in William Pearce Park. Nicholas Sheran receives brook trout and RiverStone is stocked with rainbow trout. These two ponds are stocked once a year, anytime between March and October. Other species of fish such as northern pike, yellow perch and walleye travel into the City's ponds through the irrigation canals.

Please remember that anyone between the ages of 16 and 65 must have a current Alberta Fishing License.


​Nicholas Sheran and Henderson lake provide a parking lot and boat launches to allow easy access for canoes/kayaks, and boaters.  The City does not allow boating in Storm Pond Facilities due to the variability of water levels, along with variability of water quality throughout the year.


​Seeing dead fish in the spring is due to the changing seasons and stress of winter on fish.  Some of the potential causes of fish death are: old age, spawning stresses, and temperature and oxygen changes in the water. 

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​Elms pruned only in winter season between October 1 and March 31;  maples and birch pruned in summer under full leaf to prevent water loss from "bleeding"; most other species pruned when dormant


​Proper tree care is essential to protecting trees from insects and disease:

  • Water regularly, especially during drought times (this includes mature elm trees)
  • Try not to damage the root systems of the tree when landscaping or doing other home/yard renovations
  • Be aware of overhead branches and try not to break or damage any elm tree branches
  • Avoid compacting the soil around the roots of the tree (driving or parking vehicles on the roots)
  • Mulch the area around the tree.

Regular monitoring, trapping and identification of insects are also very important for tree health.


​​​Yes, there are heritage trees located within the City. Locations are available through the ISA or Maureen Sexsmith-West.

A Heritage tree is defined as a "Tree of particular interest by virtue of age, size, shape, location and history". Heritage trees currently have no official protected status.


​Yes the city does allow yarn bombing, however yarn must be removed within a reasonable time.


​Call 311 or report it online at


​Call 311.


​A variety of tress are planted in parks and on the boulevard.  Some of these species include maple, buckeye, hackberry, hawthorn, tree lilac, oak and linden.  The City is trying to diversify the urban forest and has stopped planting elm and ash as boulevard trees.

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​Nests may be requested to be removed from City-owned trees. The nests will be assessed by parks crews to determine if it can be removed.  The nest will be removed if it is accessible safely by aerial lift.


​For domestic animals such as cats or dogs, call the Animal Shelter (403)-320-4099.

For non-domestic animals, call 311.

​To help protect your pets:
  • Keep pets under control and within sight
  • Avoid thick vegetated areas if possible
  • Do not allow dogs to interact with coyotes

Should you come into contact with a Coyote follow these suggestions

  • Do not approach the coyote
  • Face the coyote, wave your arms slowly and speak in a loud voice
  • Maintain eye contact with the coyote at all times, back away slowly
  • Fight back if attacked

To report aggressive coyote behavior, contact Fish and Wildlife at (403)-381-5266

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  1. ​Nicholas Sheran Park – fruit orchard
  2. Copperwood School site – community garden and fruit orchard
  3. Legacy School site – community garden and fruit orchard

The community gardens have an irrigation timer usually for 3 hours in the am 8-11 am and 6-9pm in the growing season

Orchards & Edible Fruit Trees: 

Edible Orchard in Nicholas Sheran Park

There are 2005 fruit trees planted all around the City of Lethbridge. All of these trees are publically accessible and available for harvest.  The City is working to increase the number of trees, as well as the diversity of fruit trees available in the urban forest.

Currently:  Apples (27); Crabapples (1775); Pears (53); Cherries (150)

The City will be publishing a map indicating Public Fruit trees in Lethbridge. Look for it on the City website in 2017.

Community gardens can be found in each location of the City. 


Grow It Community Garden 

St Teresa (Legacy Ridge) School Community Garden

Westminster (Adams Park) Community Garden 


Kinsmen Park Open Community Garden


Campus Roots (University) Community Garden

The City parks department does not operate or maintain community gardens throughout the city.  Community gardens are operated by community groups.  These community groups should be contacted if you are interested in acquiring a garden plot.


​Fruit from the orchards are available for anyone in the park to enjoy.


​Garden plots are seasonally claimed and worked by individuals – so their produce is for themselves. 


​In early spring the neighborhood association or Community group which oversees the community garden will distribute garden plots on a first come, first serve basis.  Contacting the Community group or Association should be done prior to the garden opening for the season due to the high demand for garden plots


For more information

Report a problem like graffiti or garbage
Online: Submit a service request
Phone: 311 or 403-320-3111 (if outside of Lethbridge)