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Parks & Recreation

The Township of Blandford-Blenheim envisions the purpose of the Community Services Department to be:

The ongoing creation and preservation of a Health, Enthusiastic, and Engaged Community, ever guided in all endeavours by the principals of:

  • Sustainability
  • Inclusivity
  • Diversity
  • Quality

It is recommended that these 4 principles, (sustainability, inclusivity, diversity, and quality) become the directing values and criteria to meet when making decisions.

Adult Active Centre

*This program is suspended until fall 2021, at minimum. Brought to you by Friends of the Princeton Park, Plattsville Lions, Bright Volunteer Group and the Township. Join other adults for bridge, book club, euchre, games and crafting. Special activities may be running certain weeks such as OPP Educaton, Fitness and Yoga. Check the Community Calendar for details. This group is open to suggestion, if you have an idea bring it to the gathering! We would love to have your input.

Tuesdays at noon is also free adult skating at the Plattsville Arena.

Drop-In Centre

*This program is suspended until 2021 fall school year, at minimum. Blandford-Blenheim'ers aged 4 to 13 are invited to come to the Drop-In Centre for fun activities on Wednesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m at the Blenheim and Plattsville Public School gyms. Locations alternate each week. Each location now has a homework club in a separate room to allow students a place to work on their homework or get help with it.

Registration:‚Äč All children and youth in attendance will need to sign in upon arrival, and provide an emergency contact name and telephone number. The staff members and volunteers request that parents of children between ages 4 and 9 provide the registration information upon arrival. When the children/youth leave, they will need to sign out.


The Township has a cycling route that takes you throughout the Villages of the Township as well as our amenities. Feel free to contact is if you are part of a group cycling through any village and require use of washroom facilities. Please contact us a week in advance for such requests.

Ride Oxford Cycling Trail Map
Ride Oxford Blandford-Blenheim Map
Ride Oxford Cycling

Cycling In Blandford-Blenheiml


Chesney Wilderness Trail

The Chesney Wilderness Area Trail is a 93 hectare (230 acre) natural area. The path begins at a parking lot where there is an information kiosk with a map. The trail has a hard earth surface with occasional tree roots, and there is also a section of boardwalk. Only walking and skiing are allowed on this trail. This is a 2 kilometre trail having one large loop called the Maple Trail and one small loop called the Hemlock Trail.

View the Trail

View the Trails Master Plan

Canoeing & Kayaking

The Township has about 55km of the Nith River winding throughout the countryside. Currently there are canoe and kayak access points located on the south side of the bridge on Oxford County Road 42 south of Plattsville and on the north side of County Road 29 across from the east entrance of Clarks Road. As the river goes through high and low water levels throughout the year caution should be taken by the canoeists at all times while planning their trip.

The Nith River

Parks and Recreation Master Plan

The creation of a Parks & Recreation Master Plan is a planning exercise that will assist with identifying the wishes of residents as they relate to the future direction of the services of Parks & Recreation. Recreation is an all-encompassing, ever-evolving part of our culture and lifestyle. It is important for our Community to have an opportunity to review the direction of the services of Parks & Recreation and to make recommendations for future development.

Please continue to check back regularly for updates and important information regarding the progress of the Parks & Recreation Master Plan.

Parks & Recreation Master Plan

Reports to Council
November 2, 2011 Report to Council CS-11-06
December 7, 2011 Report to Council CS-11-10

Township Staff
Chief Building Official
John Scherer
Phone: 519-462-2697 (East Zorra Tavistock Office)
Fax: 519-463-5881
Building Inspector / Property Standards Enforcement Officer
Ray Belanger
Phone: 519-463-5347 ex 7429
Fax: 519-463-5881
Dustin Robson
Phone: 519-539-9800 ex 3211
Drainage Superintendent
Jim Harmer
Phone: 519-463-5347 ex 7433
Fax: 519-463-5881
Rodger Mordue
Phone: 519-463-5347 ex 7427
Fax: 519-463-5881
Deputy Clerk
Sarah Matheson
Phone: 519-463-5347 ex 7422
Fax: 519-463-5881

Director of Finance/Treasurer
Denise Krug
Treasury, Budgeting, Financial Reporting & Planning
Phone: 519-463-5347 ex 7424
Fax: 519-463-5881
Deputy Treasurer/Revenue Co-ordinator
Katie Koski
Accounts Receivable, Payroll, Property Tax Administrator
Phone: 519-463-5347 ex 7425
Fax: 519-463-5881
Finance/ Customer Service Clerk
Shanna Kamenar
Phone: 519-463-5347 ex 7421
Fax: 519-463-5881

Director of Protective Services
Fire Chief
Rick Richardson
Phone: 519-463-5347 ex 7423
Fax: 519-463-5881
Protective Services Administrator
Michelle VanWyk
Protective Services Administration / CEMC
Phone: 519-463-5347 ex 7432
Fax: 519-463-5881
Director of Public Works
Jim Borton
Phone: 519-463-5347 ex 7426
Fax: 519-463-5881
Road Supervisor
Ben Minutillo
Drumbo Shop: 519-463-5389
Manager of Community Services
Trevor Baer
Arena Contact, Maintenance Lead
Phone: 519-684-7482
Fax: 519-684-6886