Parks and Trails


Parks Public Information Session 
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Playground Retrofit 2022 - 4th Street Crescent Park (formerly Optimist Park) & Kinsmen Ball Parks 

Project funding provided by: Ontario Builds through the Ontario Trillium Foundation Capital Building Stream


Trail Bridges Replacement Environmental Assessment
Notice of Completion

EA Report 

EA Appendices

Notice - Trail Bridge Closed - Updated November 18, 2021 

Trail bridges closed to all pedestrians & vehicles on South line section. Bridges 2 and 4 are closed & will remain closed at this time. There is no through access on trails system to or from Conc. 2 (South Line/cemetery road). Barriers & signs have been posted at the bridges. Thank you in advance for your cooperation & respect of these bridge barricades. 

Hanover Community Trails | Bridges Update 

Bridges 2 & 4 on the South Line remain closed. Trail bridges were approved for joint Federal and Provincial Investing in Canada Program Community Culture and Recreation funding. Projected completion is 2024 giving our bridges a 75 year lifespan. Project timeline: 

  • 2021 | Required background information and investigative studies & Aboriginal consultation. 
  • 2022 | Environmental Assessment completion, detailed bridge design and tender specification developed. 
  • 2023 | Tender process and contractor confirmation. Commence and complete construction for up to 2 bridges. 
  • 2024 | Commence and complete construction for remaining 2 bridges. Project completion and grand opening. 

Continued patience by our trail users is required as this is a multi-year project. 


Notice - Effection May 11. The trail section that is owned by Saugeen Cedar West will be closed until further notice.



The Town of Hanover maintains 85 acres of parklands and open space. The following facilities fall under the mandate of our department. 

Iinteractive map of the parks - 

Community Living Hanover is administering the Community Garden. Contact Heather Byers at 519.364.6100. 

layout of community gardens

photo of the community gardens

Hanover Town Park - 780 7th Avenue, Hanover

Hanover Town Park is a large green space adjacent to the Saugeen River. Features include a canoe launch, great fishing, picnic pavilion and several play structures. The pavilion at Hanover Park is available for picnic rentals. Call 519.364.2310 to arrange for permits.

Heritage Square - 358 10th Street, Hanover

Heritage Square is the Town's jewel in downtown Hanover. The Square provides a number of space options (Music Garden, Amphitheatre, Plaza area) for special events, wedding photos, concerts or your leisurely pleasure. A Request for Use Form must be approved for reserving your space.

The Heritage Square is also the home to the Labyrinth of Distinction. The Labyrinth of Distinction recognizes persons of Hanover heritage having earned distinction bestowing pride and honour on the Hanover Community. An engraved paver stone is positioned in the plaza area of the Heritage Square Labyrinth in honour of the inductee nominated and approved by Hanover Council. Policy, criteria and nomination forms are available from the Parks, Recreation & Culture Office.

Karl “Speck” Wilken Park & Commemorative Grove - 725 7th Avenue

Karl "Speck" Wilken Park overlooks the Saugeen River dam, links to the Community Trails System and is home to the Commemorative Grove. Residents are invited to makes donations towards decorative rocks at the Commemorative Grove in memory of a loved one or to celebrate an anniversary or birthday or perhaps to honour a volunteer.  All donations are tax deductible. Please contact 519.364.2310 x 2135 for further details.

Neighbourhood Parks

Hanover has 7 neighbourhood parkettes.

  • Kinette Playland - 5th Street
  • Kinette Park - 21st Avenue North
  • Legion ‘Bob Steer’ Park -610 14th Street
  • 4th Street Crescent (formerly Optimist Park) 
  • Pinewood Parkette - 4th Avenue
  • Tommy Burns Parkette - 7th Avenue South
  • Green Space - 17th Avenue South

Rotary Dog Park 

"A Playground for Paws" | 799 16th Avenue Hanover, ON  

All off leash park users are subject to the Ontario Dog Owners Liability Act, R.S.O. 1990 and all subsequent revisions and amendments.Rotary Dog Park Rules

  • You are responsible for your dog's behaviour.
  • All persons accompanying a dog(s) in the off leash park must pick up after their dog(s).
  • Children under 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Respect the rights of others, be safe and have fun!

All dogs entering the Off Leash Park must:

  • Be registered and currently licensed by a municipality.
  • Have up to date vaccinations, including the rabies vaccine.
  • Not be left unattended.
  • Be spayed or neutered.
  • Be leashed when entering and exiting.

Special Thank you goes out to all our sponsors.

Diamond Dog 

  • Hanover Rotary Club

Patinum Paw Donors

  • Power Workers' Union 
  • The Abell Family

Gold Bone Donors 

  • Giddy Goblin Games 
  • Carl Noble Barn Painting
  • Trillium Mutual Insurance  
  • Hanover Walkerton Veterinary Hospital 
  • Moore's Mini Excavation 
  • David Hilton

Silver Collar 

  • Doug Williamson 
  • Helen & Jack Aldersley

Bronze Bowl 

  • Mullen Small Animal Clinic 
  • Julie LeSauvage
  • Temptations Gift & Home Decor 
  • Evan's Service Centre & Budget Hanover 
  • Joan Hetherington 
  • SunLife Whitehead Financial Services Inc. 
  • Tails and Trails Pet Report 
  • Hazel & Robin Paige 
  • Peter Hambly 
  • Bruce & Maggie Edington 
  • Ed & Fern Peppler
  • Saugeen Boarding

Horseshoe Courts

Racetrack entrance off of 7th Avenue North.

Skateboard/Outdoor Basketball Park - 742 7th Avenue, Hanover

Open May 1 to October 1 (approximately), from 8am to 10pm, the Skateboard Park features a 6 foot bank, a 5 foot mini ramp, flat quarters, pyramid, fun boxes, spine ramp, quarter pipes and curb boxes. An outdoor basketball court is adjacent to the ramp area. The Skateboard Park is not supervised and the involvement of youth are the responsibility of parents and guardians.

Kinsmen Ball Park - 310 17th Avenue 

2 lighted diamonds, 1 youth diamond, washrooms and picnic pavilion.

Agricultural Park - 7th Avneue (inside raceway)  

1 lighted diamond and 1 unlit diamond. 

Rail Lands Leisure Park & RC Soccer Fields - 16th Avenue North 

2 major pitches, 3 mini pitches, washrooms and trail access. 

Community Trail System

11km of trails in the Saugeen River Valley around the Town of Hanover. Enjoy the fantastic views from the 91m pedestrian bridge over the Saugeen River (access via 16th Avenue North). 

Trail Access Points - Please note trails are not groomed during the winter season. (November 1 to April 30)

  • South Line (Concession Road 11)
  • 7th Street and 2nd Avenue
  • Stork Club (7th Avenue and 14th Street)
  • Hanover Park
  • Karl “Speck” Wilken Park
  • Leisure Park/Soccer Field
  • County Road 28 at the Saugeen River

Canoe Route & Launch

There is a Saugeen River canoe access point (#3) in Hanover Park.  This is the Official Beginning of the Saugeen River canoe route as per the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority (SVCA).  While there are other access points that SVCA notes on their route, PLEASE BE AWARE OF THE DAM located just before the 7th Avenue bridge in Hanover. 

For canoe route information or to plan your river trek, please reference; or .