Community and Cultural Development - Town of Ajax

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Your Community

The heart of the Town of Ajax is its residents. The unique qualities of the Town are its rich history, vibrant neighbourhoods, extensive waterfront, network of trails and distinctive landscapes. As a diverse and caring community, we build upon these traits to nurture and strengthen the elements of a welcoming and inclusive town. 

Adopt-a-Park, Trail or Road Program

Did you know that Ajax has over 450 km of roads, 600 hectares of parkland and over 70 km of trails?

Individuals, community groups and businesses are invited to initiate a one-time litter pick, or adopt a space in Ajax, on an ongoing basis. It may be your local park or playground, a section of the waterfront, or a favorite creek area. If you prefer, you can contact Operations & Environmental Services, and we'll suggest an area for you.

Why Adopt?

You and your group will help the environment by removing garbage from trails, parks, school grounds and roadways. Adopting a space is a great activity for embedding a corporate or community event, plus it allows you to give back to the community, feel a sense of accomplishment and get to spend some time in your local space.

Program Requirements

  • Commit to clean their adopted area twice a year for a minimum of 2 years.
  • Follow all health and safety guidelines outlined in the safety video
  • Appoint a representative to act on behalf of the group
  • Notify the Town 48 hours prior to a clean-up event.

Participants Receive:

  • A sign at the adopted area
  • A certificate of appreciation
  • Bags, gloves and safety equipment* to allow you to maintain the area.

*Adopt-a-Road only

For more information click here to download the Official Adopt-a-Park, Trail or Road Program Brochure



Community Litter Pick-Up

Interested in hosting a Community Cleanup Event?

The Town supports individuals and groups who would like to organize a community cleanup event.

To help you get started we have prepared a set of Community Cleanup Event Guidelines  to help you plan and run your event.

The Town will also provide you with a FREE cleanup kit, which includes bags and gloves for you and your volunteers, as well as garbage collection after the event. We require approximately 48 hours notice to prepare your kit. For more information please contact: 

Health and Safety

Whether organizing or just taking part in a litter cleanup it is important to stay safe, please read and share the Community Cleanup Event Guidelines before starting out. 



Ajax in Bloom

A Celebration of Annual Festival of Gardening!

In 1999, the Town of Ajax entered the Communities in Bloom competition which initiated the Ajax in Bloom Celebration, a festival aimed at promoting community beautification through gardening. By sharing your favourite garden(s) in Ajax you are helping to recognize those who demonstrate civic pride, environmental responsibility and beautification.

How to Participate

You can share your favourite garden(s) - whether that be a neighbour's, your own, a local school, business or organization, from June 1 to June 30

In order to participate simply complete the Ajax in Bloom submission form which can be found online or at any of Ajax's community/recreation centres during the month of June. 

Selected gardens will be given the opportunity to:

  • Attend special gardening celebration event held in September
  • Place a lawn sign to promote their participation in the celebration
  • Have their garden evaluated by professional gardener in late July, for the chance to receive special recognition for:
    • Overall curb appeal
    • Benefits to the environment
    • Gardening with schools & children
    • Beautiful business garden
  • People's Choice (online voting starts late July)*

*Each nomination will also be eligible to participate in the People's Choice award, which provides the public with an opportunity to decide their favourite overall garden in Ajax. This takes place in late July, photos of all the nominated gardens are placed online and opened up for your vote. Results are announced at the celebration event in September, with the most popular garden being provided with the prestigious Ajax Rose of Lancaster Award.

Terms and Conditions

  • Gardens must be located in Ajax
  • Gardens do need to be visible from the curb to allow for judging
  • Participation in the program will require gardens to be photographed/ filmed for use by the Town of Ajax. 

For more information please contact:

Operations & Environmental Services 


Neighbourhood Watch

Working Together to Prevent Crime!

The Durham Regional Police Service works closely with community groups to address safety concerns and to develop crime prevention initiatives for all residents - adults, children, parents, teachers, homeowners and business owners.

Neighbourhood Watch is a community crime prevention program designed to reduce the threat of crime to neighbours or property. This program encourages all residents to be alert to suspicious persons or vehicles and to get to know your neighbours in your neighbourhood.

There are three steps involved in the success of the program:

  • getting to know your neighbours
  • communicating with residents and police
  • training

Neighbours working together, alert to the potential for crime and knowing each other's routines, can combat crime in a most effective way - before it starts. Contacting police when an unknown and suspicious person is lurking nearby or when a moving van has pulled up to your neighbour's driveway could very well stop a crime before it occurs.

Are you interested in starting Neighbourhood Watch in your neighbourhood?

  • Talk to your neighbours, generate interest, and ask for their help and cooperation.
  • Form an Executive and rally your neighbours to become general members.
  • 75% neighbourhood participation is essential in order for your community to be officially endorsed as a Neighbourhood Watch.

Contact the Regional Neighbourhood Watch Coordinator at or by phone at 1-888-579-1520 . They will provide your group with relevant training, materials, information and encouragement.

Preventing crime and maintaining safe communities is everyone's responsibility.


Road Watch

Road Watch programs are used in all municipalities in Durham. In this program, residents report traffic incidents and violations to police for follow up.

A committee of volunteer residents, town staff, members of Council and police coordinate the program. Here's how it works:

  1. To report any incidences of unsafe driving, fill in the Road Watch - Online Citizen Report Form or fill in the Road Watch printable Citizen Report Form. Traffic violation notice forms and drop boxes for the forms are provided at Town offices and participating businesses (such as local convenience and major grocery food stores).
  2. Anyone who sees a traffic incident can record the details on the Road Watch Forms and drop them off for the committee. The forms ask for the name of the person reporting, but this information is kept confidential - no one finds out the names.
  3. The forms are picked up by Committee members, all of whom have been administered the police Oath of Secrecy.
  4. The information is followed-up by Durham Regional Police.

For more information, visit Ajax Pickering Road Watch.

For enquiries, if you are interested in getting involved with the Road Watch program, or need more information on local traffic issues; please contact our Senior Transportation Planner.



Dedicated to making Pickering/Ajax one of the safest communities to live, learn, work and play, SCOPA offers health and safety initiatives and programs to various age groups throughout our community including youth, seniors, young workers and local businesses. These programs teach participants valuable skills that will keep them safe at school, at home, in the workplace and in their community.

Listed below is a sample of programs & initiatives offered usually at no cost by SCOPA and their Community Partners, to the community.

For Seniors:

  • Step Safely (Fall Prevention)
  • Fraud & Crime Prevention
  • Summer Heat
  • Disaster & Fire Safety
  • Osteoporosis Prevention
  • Safe Driving
  • Medication Safety

For Youth:

  • SMARTRISK (Risk Management & Injury Prevention)
  • RADS - Rape Aggression Defense System (self defense for females)
  • MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) Multi-media Show
  • Anti-Smoking Show
  • Grade 9 Transition

For Young Workers:

  • Passport to Safety
  • Young Workers Awareness

For more information, visit Safe Communities Canada at or email the Ajax local contact, Jim McKinnon, at