The Town of Amherst is a vibrant and energetic place to live, work, and play! Our Recreation Department aims to enhance the quality of life and meet the needs of everyone in our community by providing leisure opportunities for all.
One of the most popular recreational activities for adults is walking and we've got beautiful natural trails throughout town. The Amherst Stadium has an indoor walking track and there are outdoor tracks at Dickey Park, Rotary Centennial Park, and Amherst Lion's Park.
Youth enjoy lots of options for organized sports and competitive team activities, with swimming, hockey, soccer, and basketball ranking at the top. Indoor facilities include the Amherst Stadium with ice surface, the YMCA pool, and school gyms. Outdoor facilities include a skate park, splash pad, baseball park complex, new tennis courts and basketball hoops, and modern playgrounds.
In the heart of downtown Amherst, you'll find Victoria Square, a beautiful gathering space where we host concerts, family movie nights, and community celebrations.
Our Recreation Department continues to develop active living programs, cultural activities, and sport facilities. Check out our Recreation Master Plan Report to find out how we're working toward becoming the most active, healthy community in Nova Scotia!
The Town of Amherst wants to thank and honour individuals who volunteer their time to help others, but we need your help. We'd like you to nominate individuals you believe deserve special volunteer recognition. Those you nominate will be honoured during National Volunteer Week (April 7-13, 2019). Individuals can also be nominated for the Provincial Volunteer Award on behalf ot he Town of Amherst. This person would attend a Provincial Volunteer Reception in Halifax in April. Deadline for nominations is Jan.18, 2019. To access more information and the application form click on the link below.
The Town of Amhest Recreation Department is seeking help in obtaining information on individuals or teams who have achieved a gold medal performance at the province or higher level between January 2018 and December 2018. They are also looking for any sport official who have officiated at the provincial level or higher championship during the same time frame. Click on the link below to access the application form. Deadline is January 15, 2019.
For the first time in several years, the Town of Amherst participated in an evaluation carried out by the Communities in Bloom organization. Click on CIB 2018 Amherst evaluation to read the judge's comments.
After-hours facility contact: (902) 664-8774
Facebook: Amherst Recreation
Director: Bill Schurman
Phone: (902) 667-6504
Facilities Coordinator: Corey Crocker
Phone: (902) 667-6503
Horticulturist: Chelsea Baird
Phone: (902) 694-2276
Culture & Marketing Coordinator: Jennifer Bickerton
Phone: (902) 694-2667
Administrative Assistant: Kathy Lake
Phone: (902) 667-6500
Pilot Project: No-Fee Ice Rentals for Youth Programs