After-hours facility contact: (902) 664-8774
Please review all relevant policies when using our parks and facilities.
The Town of Amherst has many walkiing trails for its residents to enjoy.
Click here for a map of our Amherst Walking Guide.
185 Church Street, 902.667.6500
Since the Amherst Stadium was built in 1959, it has been home to many great events on and off the ice. The Stadium is host to the Amherst Junior A Ramblers, Cumberland County Minor Hockey, Amherst Skating Club, and many athletic and community events. An indoor walking track is open daily. The building is fully accessible.
Through an innovative pilot project, public skating is offered free of charge and ice rental fees are waived for youth programs (minor hockey, figure skating). The intent of this pilot is for oganizations to pass the equivalent savings to their members, resulting in reduced registration fees and greater access to sport for all families.
185 Church Street, beside Amherst Stadium
Built in 2011 with generous support from the Amherst Lions Club, the 10,000 sq. ft. skatepark is located next to Amherst Stadium on Church Street. The park's configuration is largely plaza-based with various ledges, rails, stairs, hips, and more. There are some transition elements as well: a bowled-out quarter pipe and a custom quarter pipe.
The skatepark was developed as part of our strategy to provide no-cost recreational opportunities to youth. Helmets are recommended.
132 East Pleasant Street
This recreational park provides a lighted walking track, large greenspace, a play structure, and a splash pad water park. Changerooms and washrooms are available.
The park hosts the Annual Dickey Park Kids Fun Run in June for children from 3 to 12 years of age, with various distances according to age. Registration is free, and includes medals for all participants and a BBQ. Contact the YMCA of Cumberland for registration information.
39 Hickman Street
Opened in 2017, the park includes a walking track, playground facilities, basketball court, and tennis courts. Funding partners for the park include the Town of Amherst, Lions Club of Amherst and the federal government through the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program.
53 Laplanche Street, 902.667.1989
This multisport complex offers two regulation-size softball diamonds which have lights, and a third regulation-size baseball diamond, a basketball court, picnic area, and washrooms.
Located at Dickey Park - 132 East Pleasant Street.
Located at Dickey Park, the off-leash dog park is a one acre of fenced in green space for dogs to run and play all year round. Please help keep Amherst clean and beautiful by picking up after your pet and by not littering.
98 East Victoria Street
The centre of downtown Amherst and the site of the cenotaph, this community plaza hosts community events with gazebo bandstand, lighting, and sound system on site.
During the summer, Victoria Square hosts free family movies and music. In winter months, the square is dressed up with a dazzling holiday lighting display. Amherst's four fathers of confederation are memorialized in four engraved granite blocks. The park is surrounded by beautiful old buildings, including the courthouse and two churches, making it a lovely setting for taking pictures.
‘A’ Place to Play outdoor skating surface is located in downtown Amherst on the corner of Victoria St. and Maple Ave., with parking available on Maple Ave. The surface is open until 10:00 p.m. daily, weather permitting. Helmets are strongly recommended.
We’re happy to build on the number of outdoor activities in the heart of Amherst. We encourage everyone to take advantage of the new ice surface and ultimately in Amherst’s goal of being the most active, healthy community in Nova Scotia!
Volunteers are welcomed and encouraged to help maintain the ice surface by bringing their shovels for snow clearing and helping keep the area clean.
Updates on conditions and hours can be found by following Amherst Recreation on Facebook.
Maintenance will be provided when conditions are suitable and manpower resources are available.
Security concerns: APD Dispatch - 902-667-8600
Thank you for being part of our active healthy community!
This accessible playground offers a sponge surface play structure and greenspace with access to Centennial Walking Trail. Located near the Amherst Little League baseball field.
10 Elmwood Drive
This senior-friendly park offers outdoor exercise equipment, a walking track, gazebo and benches.
Christie Park - 71 Albion Street
Copp Lane Park - Copp Lane
Curry Park - Clarence Street
Harding Park - Summit Avenue
Strawberry Fields Park - Abbey Road
Tennis Courts - Church Street