Recreation, Culture & Community Development Programs - Town of Ajax
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Tracey Vaughan - Director of Recreation, Culture & Community Development

Recreation, Culture & Community Development Programs

Recreation, Culture & Community Development is committed to providing quality programs and services, festivals & events, and facilities that create opportunities to strengthen individuals, families and the community. Embracing a customer driven focus, our services are inclusive and responsive to the needs of a diverse and changing population. We work collaboratively with our community partners to develop creative approaches that maximize recreational leisure, and arts and cultural opportunities. With integrity, teamwork, innovation and excellence, we are dedicated to preserving and enhancing the quality of life and wellbeing for all residents in the Town of Ajax.

Recreation Programs (Recreation Programs & Active Living)

The Town of Ajax offers a variety of inclusive recreational programs for participants of all ages, abilities, and interests. Our program range includes: Arts & Culture, Technology, Sports, Fitness, and Aquatics.  Recreation programs provide the opportunity to be active within the community, meet new people, and develop skills and interests.

Programs and activities include:

  • Preschool
  • Children
  • Summer Camps & Playground Programs
  • Youth
  • Adult/Seniors
  • Group Fitness
  • Aquatics - swimming lessons and Aquatic Leadership classes
  • Older Adults
  • Drop-In Sports

Services Include:

  • Inclusion Services
  • HIGH FIVE
  • Youth Initiatives & Special Events
  • Youth Spaces
  • Public and Lane Swimming
  • Employment

Community & Cultural Events

The heart of the Town of Ajax is its people. Our shared cultural experiences shape our identity and enhance our experiences. The unique qualities of Ajax include its diverse and distinct neighbourhoods, natural and urban landscapes, rich culture and heritage. The Town is committed to the continued nurturing and development of an engaged, inclusive, accessible and safe community.  Through a community development approach, our staff work together with residents and community groups, clubs and organizations to build a strong sense of community in Ajax.  This is done through community festivals & events, neighbourhood development, arts & cultural initiatives, community group support, volunteer development, and support for our seniors.

Festivals & Events:

  • Winterfest
  • Trailfest
  • Canada Day Celebrations
  • Music in the Square
  • Kids in the Square
  • Movies in the Park
  • Taste Ajax
  • Pumpkinville
  • Santa Claus Parade
  • Family New Year's Eve Party
  • Sponsorship program
  • Annual Sponsor Recognition Event

Arts & Cultural Initiatives:

  • Integrated Community Arts & Cultural Plan (ICACP)
  • Art in Public Spaces Program
  • Monthly Public Art Exhibitions (Ajax Town Hall Council Chambers Lobby, McLean Community Centre)
  • Programming for the St. Francis Centre for Community, Arts & Culture
  • CultureLINK Cultural Roundtable Network
  • Black History Month Celebration
  • Chinese New Year Celebration
  • South Asian & Asian Heritage Month Festival
  • Newcomers Bus Tour
  • Ajax Culture Days Celebrations
  • Doors Open Ajax
  • Diwali Celebration

Community Development:

  • Community Group Support, Partnership Development and Grant Assistance
  • Community Group Affiliation Program
  • Seniors Support
  • Seniors events - Annual Seniors BBQ, Seniors Information & Wellness Fair, and Annual Seniors Holiday Dinner
  • Strong Neighbourhood Strategy, Neighbourhood Activity Kits, & neighbourhood development
  • IMPACT Ajax Fund - Organization & Neighbourhood funding streams
  • Volunteer Development
  • Annual Volunteer Recognition Awards program
  • Diversity & Community Engagement Plan and initiatives

Facilities

Our recreation facilities are some of Durham's best and busiest recreation complexes!  We pride ourselves in offering friendly, courteous and professional staff.  We work extremely hard at meeting and exceeding our customers' expectations. Whether we are preparing one of our banquet halls for a wedding, maintaining exceptional ice in our arenas, sparkling water in our pools or supporting the many groups that use our facilities for their special events, tournaments or celebrations, we strive to ensure a positive and welcoming experience.

Facilities, Amenities & Services:

  • Aquatics
  • Arenas / Skating
  • Ajax Community Centre
  • McLean Community Centre
  • Audley Recreation Centre
  • Employment
  • Facility Rental Information
  • Fitness Centres
  • Inclusion Services
  • Pool Locations
  • St. Francis Centre
  • Rotary Park
  • Carruthers Marsh Pavilion
  • Greenwood Discovery Pavilion
  • St. Andrew's Community Centre
  • Village Community Centre
  • Hartrick House
  • The Quaker Meeting House
  • Skateboard Parks
  • Splash Pads
  • Squash
  • Trails

Administration

The Administration section manages a variety of business functions within Recreation, Culture & Community Development including:

Community Centre Customer Service Desk:
Staff provide welcoming and courteous service to our community centre patrons, taking care of all program registrations and daily entrance fees, fitness memberships, account management services, answering resident inquiries etc.

Marketing & Promotions: 
Develop our Parks and Recreation Guide and generate campaigns, promotions and promotional pieces to ensure the community is fully informed and can engage in the many programs, services, activities, festivals & events, sports etc. offered in the Town.

Facility Booking Services: 
Through our Facility Booking office, we focus on community sport development through the creation of permits and engagement with all new, emerging and established sport/activity groups to ensure opportunity, access and sustainability. We also offer facility rental opportunities for private bookings (i.e. meetings, weddings, picnics, birthdays, celebrations, etc.).