Parks & Playgrounds
Parks & Playgrounds
Morden has eight Community Parks strategically located throughout Morden, which provide opportunities for local leisure activities. They are: Livingston Nature Park, Morden Park, Confederation Park, Suncatch Park, Lions Park, Steppler Park, Elk’s Park, Milne Park. Click on this link to view the visitor map which shows all the park locations.
Livingston Nature Park
Located on the north side of Parkhill Drive is the 4-acre Livingston Nature Park, which provides a tranquil oasis within Morden’s urban environment. Pathways guide you along Dead Horse Creek through a forest of native tree and shrub species. Squirrels, beaver and deer make this area home, together with a variety of birds including woodpeckers, magpie, nuthatches and blue jays. Rest areas, furnished with benches carved from native fieldstone, provide an opportunity to relax and listen to the flow of Dead Horse Creek and observe the natural environment.
The Alvey Baker Morden Park extends along the banks of the Dead Horse Creek offering a natural setting for recreation, picnic areas, cycling and scenic walks in the heart of the City. There is a childrens’ spray park, beach volleyball area and playground for summertime enjoyment. In winter enjoy a brisk walk along the trails. Washrooms and sheltered picnic areas make it a popular place to gather with family and friends. A cairn at the south entrance to the park explains the origins of a fur trade post (Fort Pinancewaywinning) in this area as well as the history surrounding Alexander Henry the Younger, a fur trader. The park is situated on Hwy. #3 across from Dairy Queen. The Back 40 Folk Festival, Border Hills Car Club, Corn & Apple Show and Shine and other activities and events are held here each year.
Confederation Park is handicap accessible and was established in 1967 to commemorate Canada’s 100th Birthday. Come see Manitoba’s largest tree, known as the Van Gertz Cottonwood, located in the SE corner of the park. Its seed was sent in a letter from New York in about 1891 and was received by James R. Bonny, Chief Clerk of the Morden Land Titles Office from 1890 – 1925. The park also is the home of the cenotaph, which was erected in 1921 to honour those who fought in World War I and later World War II. Situated on Stephen St., this park provides a pleasant retreat.
The Suncatch Park is handicap accessible and is located on 8th Street immediately behind the Pembina Hills Art Gallery & Gift Shop. Come visit the beautiful bronze Leo Mol sculpture of a Doe and Fawn erected in memory of Howard Winkler; MP in this area from 1935 – 1953.
Lions Park, sponsored by the Lion’s Club, is a large open park located on the 900 block of Gilmour Street. Football, soccer, baseball, and skating all take place in this large park.
Steppler Park is a small park located on the corner of 9 th Street South and Jefferson Street. This is also the location of Morden’s offleash Dog Park.
Elk’s Park, sponsored by the Elk’s Club, is located on the corner of South Railway and Pembina Drive. There are two Tennis Courts as well as playground equipment at this park.
Milne Park is a small park with a few park benches. There is no playground equipment at this park.
Rampton Park is nestled in a quiet residential area on the corner of Nelson Street and Rampton Street and has a good selection of playground equipment.
OTHER PARKS IN THE AREA
As well as the parks in Morden there are three6 excellent parks nearby. They are;
Stanley Centennial Park
Stanley Centennial Park is a lovely recreational park located 6 1/2 km south and 5 km west of Morden on PR 432. The citizens of the Rural Municipality of Stanley built it as a centennial project. The 24-hectare park is filled with natural wooded areas of oak, elm, poplar, ash and birch. Ball diamonds, playground equipment, picnic shelters, barbeque pits, and a hilly terrain make it a beautiful area to picnic or camp. For more information call Larry Kube at 204-822-3777.
Pembina Valley Provincial Park
Pembina Valley Provincial Park located just off PR 201, south of Morden, the park is 440 acres in size. Its purpose is to preserve areas that are representative of the Pembina/Tiger Hills Natural Region of Manitoba, and accommodate nature-oriented recreational opportunities. The creation of Pembina Valley Provincial Park in 2001 helped Manitoba expand its network of protected areas. The park’s hiking trails offer picturesque vantage points of the Pembina Valley and surrounding countryside. They provide various levels of intensity, from challenging hikes to relaxing strolls. Picnic tables provide a place to rest and refuel for the next leg of your journey.
A Rocha – Pembina Valley Field Study Centre
Come to hike the trails in the beautiful Pembina Valley, learn more about A Rocha’s work and enjoy the splendor of creation. Located adjacent to the site is over 2,500 acres of oak woodland, now protected as a Manitoba provinical park and wildlife management area. A Rocha aims to model sustainable living in all of its operations. By living lightly we minimize our impact on the natural world and embody love for our neighbours through informed lifestyle choices.
Getting there: From Morden, follow Hwy #3 west. Turn south on Hwy #31, then continue to Hwy. 201. Next turn east on Hwy 201 and follow signs to Pembina Valley Provincial Park. Turn into the road for the Provincial Park and that road will then split – the road on the left is A Rocha. Contact: 1-204-246-2059 Email: email@example.com Website: www.arocha.org