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The Division works in partnership with volunteer groups, corporations and non-profit organizations to provide these opportunities.

Sections within the Community Services Division:

  • Administration
  • Culture Services
  • Parks, Cemeteries and Horticulture
  • Recreation Facilities
  • Recreation Programs

Culture Services

Culture Services provides a variety of professional and amateur programs that are accessible to all citizens of Chatham-Kent as well as visitors. The Chatham Cultural Centre houses (i) the Kiwanis Theatre, a 700 seat live performance theatre, (ii) the Thames Art Gallery, which has status as a National Exhibition Centre and (iii) the Chatham-Kent Museum, which was founded in 1943.

Also included are Art Gallery Outreach programs (including ARTspace), Milner House and Ridge House Museums (restored Victorian Living History homes), Blenheim and Tilbury Period Homes (operated by local non-profit historical societies) and a funding relationship with the Wallaceburg and Buxton Museums. As a result of the Chatham-Kent’s Cultural Plan, Create CK, an umbrella group consisting of stakeholders and several Cultural Action Teams was created, which is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life through the arts across Chatham-Kent.

Culture Services
c/o Chatham Cultural Centre
75 William Street North
Chatham ON N7M 4L4
Phone: 519.360.1998
Fax: 519.354.4170
E-mail: CKccc@chatham-kent.ca
On-Line Tickets: www.CKtickets.com

Parks, Cemeteries and Horticulture

Parks, Cemeteries and Horticulture is responsible for parks in the community of Chatham, Pain Court, Grande Pointe and Mitchell’s Bay as well as cemeteries and horticulture in Chatham-Kent.

 Chatham Parks provides services and facilities to minor and adult sports organizations and maintains 74 parks (315 acres of passive, active and naturalized park areas) and 2 splash pads (Kingston Park, Chatham and Mitchell’s Bay). Special Events assistance and coordination is also available.

Cemetery Services operates 7 active cemeteries and maintains 64 historical/abandoned cemeteries (200 acres of property). Additional cemetery services include memorialization programs, a lending library on grief and bereavement, and genealogy searches.
The Horticulture section is responsible for growing 100,000 annuals in 8,000 square feet of greenhouse space. Daily responsibilities include planting and maintaining annual and perennial beds, hanging baskets and water features. Participation and success in the Communities in Bloom (CIB) program reaching the goal of Five Blooms for the past several years, recognized as Best Community of Gardens Award 06’, The Tidiness Award 09’ and a National title in 2010.

Parks, Cemeteries and Horticulture
Park Avenue Business Centre
25 Creek Road
Chatham ON N7M 5J3
Phone: 519.360.1998
Fax: 519.352.4241
E-mail: CKpch@chatham-kent.ca

Recreation Facilities

Recreation Facilities provides for the ongoing maintenance and safe operation of the following facilities: 10 arenas, 10 skateboard parks, 12 community halls, 2 splash pads, 2 indoor pools, 7 outdoor pools, 2 campgrounds, 2 boat dock facilities, 7 boat launch locations, 6 public beach areas, 23 tennis courts, 85 rural parks (368 acres), 100 km of shoreline, and many trails. Several partnerships are in place with community groups, volunteers, corporate and private sector partners.

Recreation Facilities
Park Avenue Business Centre
25 Creek Road,
Chatham ON N7M 5J3
Phone: 519.360.1998
Fax: 519.352.4241
E-mail: CKrecfacilities@chatham-kent.ca

Recreation Programs

Recreation Programs encompasses quality recreation, aquatic and leisure programs for children, youth, adults and seniors throughout Chatham-Kent. These programs are either provided directly by Recreation Programs staff or in partnership with community organizations and businesses. Aquatic programs are operating from two indoor pools (Blenheim and Wallaceburg) and seven outdoor pools (Chatham (3), Dresden, Ridgetown, Thamesville, and Tilbury).  Summer day camps/playground programs are a great source of summer fun and filled with activity.

Recreation Programs also offers free family events throughout the year, such as CK Youth Festival, Halloween Fest, Family Day activities, CKRec Play Rangers and much, much more!

Recreation Programs
Park Avenue Business Centre
25 Creek Road,
Chatham, Ontario N7M 5J3
Phone: 519.360.1998
Fax: 519.352.4241
E-mail: CKrecprograms@chatham-kent.ca