Public open spaces within Aurora range from landscaped public parks to environmentally sensitive river valleys meandering throughout the municipality and the Oak Ridges Moraine.
The Parks division of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services department currently manages over 62 parks encompassing more than 800 acres. Connecting many of the parks is a trail system of approximately 57 kilometres designed to accommodate joggers, hikers and skiers. It is anticipated that some of these trails will be connected with the developing regional trail system and others will be included as part of the emerging community bicycle path network.
In addition to planning, developing and maintaining Aurora's parkland, the Parks division is also responsible for the outdoor maintenance of municipal buildings and facilities as well as municipal forestry.
The Parks division may be reached at 905-727-3123 ext. 3233.
View our Aurora Parks & Trails directory
Aurora Wildlife Park Update
The Aurora Wildlife Park is located in the natural open space corridor north of Wellington Street East between Bayview Avenue and Leslie Street, within the area know as the East Aurora Wetland Complex. The area has been designated as a Provincially Significant Wetland by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests. The wildlife park is based on a proposal developed by renowned local resident, Landscape Architect and Environmentalist, David Tomlinson.
Mr Tomlinson has been studying and monitoring these lands long before residential development arrived and has intimate knowledge of the flora and fauna residing on the lands. Mr. Tomlinson has developed a comprehensive plan which supports and enhances the natural ecology of lands and the animal life both residing and visiting this important habitat area. Mr. Tomlinson's plan has subsequently been developed into a Feasibility Master Plan.
The Park currently consists of an integrated series of grass lands, wood lands, wetlands and two large ponds. The Wildlife Park Feasibility Master Plan proposes the creation of additional wildlife habitat including 3 new controlled wetland cells (ponds) and the creation of a system of trails, bridges, boardwalks and several lookouts.
The Town of Aurora Operational Services Department – Parks Division has been working over the past several years in further developing and refining the Feasibility Master Plan and is currently near completion of the detailed design plans for the Wildlife Park.
As part of the detailed design of the Wildlife Park it was necessary to conduct much consultation with our major stake holder partners such as Ducks Unlimited Canada, the owners of a large land holding within the Wildlife Park, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority, which is the overall approvals agency, as well as the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests.
The current challenge in completing the detailed design plans is addressing Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority's policy regarding the 3 proposed controlled wetland cells. Further consultations and approvals are required in this regard before the design plans can be completed. In the meantime, it is the Town's objective to proceed with construction of several aspects of the Wildlife Park including the trails, bridges, boardwalks, lookouts, and most importantly, completing the rehabilitation of the dam and water control structure for the north pond. Construction tenders are currently being prepared in the anticipation of start of construction later this summer/fall of 2018. Construction is proposed to be phased over a number of years.
For more information please contact the Town of Aurora Parks Division at 905-727-3123 ext.3227.
Feasibility Master Plan
Wild Life Park and Area Trails
Aurora Community Arboretum
The Aurora Community Arboretum stretches through 100 acres of parkland between Wellington Street East and St John’s Sideroad and is dedicated to the growth and maintenance of trees and shrubs through our volunteer community.
Visit the Aurora Community Arboretum website for more information.