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Recreation & Culture Services

The Recreation & Culture Services Branch is responsible for the provision of recreation, leisure and cultural opportunities that contribute to healthy communities and engaged citizens. This includes planning and delivery of recreation and culture programs, community events, the promotion and operation of recreation facilities and community centres and delivering leisure services and programs.

Programs and Facilities

The Programs and Facilities Division is responsible for:

The management of fitness and leisure programs (arts, drama, dance and music) at the Civic Recreation Complex, South Oshawa Community Centre, Arts Resource Centre, Northview Community Centre, Harman Park Arena, Children's Arena and the Memorial Park Band Shell.

The management of general interest, sports and aquatics programs at the Legends Centre, Donevan Recreation Complex and Columbus Community Centre.

Facility Operations

The Facility Operations Division is responsible for maintaining the physical operation of all City recreation facilities, arenas, outdoor pools, Columbus Community Centre and Memorial Park Band Shell.

Centralized Recreation Services

This Division is responsible for promotion and co-ordination of special events such as the Peony Festival, Canada Day, Christmas Tree Lighting and Oshawa Celebrates.

This Division is responsible for research and trends analysis for recreation programs, community outreach and engagement activities, volunteer management, facility booking, program registration and memberships.


In February 2014, City Council approved Culture Counts: Oshawa's Arts, Culture and Heritage Plan. The plan contains strategies and actions which will guide the City's cultural development over the next 15 years.

This Division of the Recreation & Culture Services Branch is responsible for leading the implementation of the plan, along with an interdepartmental cultural staff team.

Director: Ron Diskey
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