Rotary Lakeside Park

Rotary Lakeside Park is a popular location for swimming, playing or just relaxing. The park is located at the foot of the famous orange bridge and runs along the West Arm of Kootenay Lake. No dogs are allowed in the park. See the Animal & Bylaw Services page for more details.
Rotary Lakeside Park is the pride of Nelson's waterfront and encompasses almost every outdoor activity that you can imagine. A long, beautiful beach, wide promenade and large open green spaces highlight the area. Bocce ball and tennis courts, a boat launch, greenhouse, covered picnic shelter, a permanent labyrinth, public wharf and rowing club make up the main core of the park.
Rotary Lakeside Park offers a full-service concession during the summer months, and adjacent to the concession is the Rotary children's adventure playground. Bring the children and enjoy a leisurely meal in this lovely park. The labyrinth is available throughout the year with or without scheduled group walks. For more information please visit The Rotary barbeque shelter is available for rental, with bookings through the Regional District of Central Kootenay (RDCK) office, 250-354-4386.
Continuing west along the waterfront pathway, you'll discover the barn that houses Nelson's Streetcar #23. The streetcar tracks lead along the waterfront all the way to the loop at the foot of Hall Street, and back through Rotary Lakeside Park to another loop at the east entrance of the park. From April to October, you can board Streetcar #23 and ride the circuit for a relaxing, historical tour.

The west end of the park accommodates the main City playing fields, as well as the new ActNowseniors' exercise area. Follow the Centennial Pathway along the water and back to the beach to round out your visit to Lakeside Park.

Lions Uphill Park

Spray Park Location

Lions Park is a neighbourhood park located in the Uphill area of Nelson, at Kootenay and Richards streets. The playground and spray park are popular features of Lions Park.

The baseball diamond and basketball court and an outdoor skating rink make Lions Park a year-round centre of activity. Large shade trees allow a comfortable visit to the playground for children of all ages, and if the sun gets too intense, the spray park is perfect for cooling off.

For 2016, the Lions Park Spray Park is open seven days a week starting on Saturday, May 21 until Wednesday, September 28 from 10 am to 7 pm.

Cottonwood Falls Park

Cottonwood Falls Park is located on Cottonwood Creek at the spot where the falls are created as the creek crosses under Highways 3A and 6. The unique setting of the park creates the atmosphere for a perfect relaxation getaway. Cottonwood Falls rumble in the background, throwing off spray and creating a misty atmosphere. It's easy to see why this park is the choice of many for midday lunch or an afternoon break.

Take a minute or two to walk the path leading up to the falls and see for yourself the power of Cottonwood Creek.

The Izushi Friendship Society, the Eco-Society and Earth Matters are the stewards of this beautiful hidden treasure.

Gyro Park

Gyro Park is at the very centre of the City of Nelson. Nestled in a stand of evergreen trees and surrounded by deciduous trees that turn the landscape red and gold every fall, this park has a wide variety of native greenery to explore and enjoy. Curving flower gardens outline the main area of the park, which includes playground equipment for the young or young-at-heart, many enchanting pathways and a swimming pool to enjoy on those hot summer days. A beautiful gazebo overlooks the pool.

Gyro Park's spectacular viewpoint takes full advantage of its central location and the physical characteristics of the rocky outcrop on which it is built. From this vantage point, it's possible to see the beautiful heritage downtown of the City of Nelson spread out in front of you, and the vista up the West Arm of Kootenay Lake.

The park is wonderful venue to spend an hour or a whole day. Pack a lunch and enjoy the picnic area and Gyro Park. A note on using the pool, the hard and fast rule at all pools in BC is that any child under the age of seven be within arms reach of an adult 16 and over at all times while in the swimming facility. 

Gyro Park is a popular place for wedding ceremonies and photos. Bookings for the park and gazebo can be made through the RDCK, 250-354-4386.

For the summer of 2016 Gyro Pool will be open seven days a week from Friday, July 1st until Saturday, September 4th, (except the Statutory Holiday on Monday, August 1st) from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm.

Queen Elizabeth Park

Baseball Diamond Location
Queen Elizabeth Park features a lighted ball field that is home to minor league baseball. The park is also used on a daily basis by the students of nearby LV Rogers Secondary School. Located in the Fairview area of the city at Fourth and Behnsen streets, Queen Elizabeth Park is the “Home of Babe Ruth Baseball,” and features all the amenities of a modern baseball field, as well as a powerful lighting system for night games.

Art Gibbons Memorial Park (Rosemont Park) - Nelson Skateboard and Bike Park

 Skate Park Location [PDF - 68 KB]

Rosemont Park is one of Nelson's ready-made green spaces. Untouched in its beauty, it is a great place for a nature walk through the woods without having to leave the city. As its name implies, Rosemont Park is located in the Rosemont area of the city, at West Richards Street and Choquette Avenue.

The new Nelson Skateboard Park offers a world class board opportunity for young and old alike.

The Nelson Bike Park offering challenging BMX biking opportunities for those so inclined.


Davies Street Park (in development)

Construction of the park currently referred to as "Davies Street Park" began in 2009, on the site of a former gravel pit. An illustrative concept plan (shown here) was developed in consultation with a community working group made up of local area residents, staff and interested stakeholders.


Work has begun on the lower portion of Davies Street Park, and a more detailed landscape plan was developed in 2010 (below) to guide the detailed development of this portion of the park. Following an Open House with residents and the public, Council directed staff to proceed with the installation of the playground, washrooms, lighting, benches and garbage/recycling, as well as some site grading, tree planting, and pathway construction. This work is scheduled to be completed in the fall of 2012.

Completing the rest of the park will be completed as city budget becomes available, grants are found, and in cooperation with the support from local service organizations.

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