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Parks & Environmental Services

Parks & Environmental Services is responsible for the provision of maintenance, improvement and beautification services that contribute to effective and sustainable environment excellence.  This includes planning, design, construction, maintenance, improvement and operation of the City's park facilities, trail system and naturalized open space, civic beautification, forestry, horticulture, cemetery services, the collection of waste and environmental programs.

Parks Development and Technical Support

The Parks Development and Technical Support Division is responsible for the planning, design and construction of parks, open space, trails and landscape beautification areas throughout the City of Oshawa. It also is tasked with keeping abreast of technology and industry trends that will improve service delivery and protect the City’s infrastructure from invading species.

Typical projects include:
  • Park Construction in New Subdivisions
  • Redevelopment of Existing Parks and Playgrounds
  • Sports Field Planning and Design
  • Trail Development
  • Civic Beautification

Parks Operations

The Parks Maintenance Division is responsible for:

  • Ground and facility maintenance of 2,628 acres of parkland including 129+ community parks, 125 sports fields, 100 playgrounds, 25 tennis courts, walkways, fountains and benches.
  • Greenhouse Operations which produce over 85,000 annuals for use in beautification corners, hanging baskets and planters.
  • Forestry Services maintains 35,000 trees as well as plantings in parks and naturalization areas.
  • Cemetery Services at Union Cemetery includes the maintenance of 25,000 grave sites, the sale of internment rights, interment services and the maintenance of 8 abandoned cemeteries throughout the City.

Waste and Environmental Programs

The Waste and Environmental Programs Division is responsible for residential waste collection in co-ordination with the Region of Durham.  The City administers the collection of organics (green bin), residual (garbage), and yard waste using its fleet of waste collection vehicles and external contractor.

The Region of Durham administers the collection of blue box recyclables and is responsible for processing the waste.  Environmental initiatives including anti-idling, assistance with pitch-in programs, use of bio diesel, anti-littering programs and others that improve air quality, reduce waste and improve our community’s quality of life are all part of the many functions of this division.

Director: Glenn Simmonds
Location: 6th Floor, Rundle Tower, City Hall
50 Centre Street South
Oshawa, Ontario L1H 3Z7
Phone: 905-436-3311
Toll Free: 1-800-667-4292
Fax: 905-436-5684
TTY: 905-436-5627