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.
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. The park’s main entrance is situated on Hwy. #3 and 13th Street.
There is a childrens’ spray park, bike pump track, and playground for summertime enjoyment. In winter enjoy a brisk walk along the trails. Public 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 (Pinancewaywinning Post) in this area as well as the history surrounding Alexander Henry the Younger, a fur trader. The Back 40 Folk Festival, Corn & Apple Show and Shine and other activities and events are held here each year.
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.
Situated on Stephen St., this park provides a pleasant downtown retreat. Confederation Park is handicap accessible and was established in 1967 to commemorate Canada’s 100th Birthday. Come see large the Van Gertz Cottonwood, located in the southeast 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 community cenotaph, which was erected in 1921 to honour those who fought in World War I and later World War II.
The Sun-catch Park is handicap accessible and is located on 8th Street immediately behind the Dominion Post Office building (home to the Pembina Hills Arts Council). 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. Soccer, baseball, and ice skating facilities are available seasonally in this park, and the play structure at this park is ideal for small children.
Steppler Park & Dog Park
Steppler Park is a small park located on the corner of 9th Street South & Jefferson Street. This is also the location of Morden’s off-leash Dog Park.
Elk’s Park, sponsored by the Morden Elk’s Club, is located on the corner of South Railway and Pembina Drive. There are two Tennis Courts as well as playground equipment and a basketball hoop at this park.
Milne Park is a small corner park with some park benches, picnic tables, and the ‘Love Seat’ stone sculpture. 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: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.arocha.org
Bethel Heritage Park
Winkler call it their own version of “Central Park”, and features an impressive fountain, beautifully landscaped grounds, historic storyboards and walking paths. The park also has numerous free family events and concerts throughout the summer. Website: www.cityofwinkler.ca