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Montebello Park

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General Information

A green oasis of 2.5 hectares (6.5 acres), in the heart of downtown St. Catharines, Montebello Park offers tree-lined lawns for playing or relaxing. The shaded childrens playground rings with laughter and there is always someone walking their dog nearby. The park also includes a commemorative rose garden and ornamental fountain. This is the citys largest rose collection with more than 1,300 bushes in 25 varieties. Montebello Park functions as a social and historical focal point within St. Catharines, and hosts many cultural and social activities. Some of Niagara's larger events including the Niagara Wine Festival and Rotary Ribfest and the Niagara Folk Arts Festival are held here.

Cultural

Enjoy the sounds of blues, jazz, classical, brass, Dixieland and ethnic bands throughout the summer months in Montebello Park. Performances are scheduled for Sundays and Tuesdays from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm. See the City of St. Catharines website for the band concert schedule. Bring a lawn chair and on a warm summer evening sit before this historically designated bandstand built in 1904, close your eyes and dream. The covered, circular Roy T. Adams Bandshell was modeled after the one built for the Buffalo Pan American Exhibition. Rain or Shine, shelter in the pavilion built in 1888

Historical

Montebello Park is St. Catharines historic city park and was the first parkland in St. Catharines.� In 1887, the city purchased the park from William Hamilton Merritt Jr., who had earlier named it 'Monte Bello', or beautiful mountain.� The park was created by none other than Frederick Law Olmstead, among whose works are� New York’s Central Park and the grounds of Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.

Further Information

May Folk Art's Festival: www.folk-arts.ca/Festival2008/Park.htmHistoric Photo: www.nflibrary.ca/nfplindex/show.asp?id=101183&b=1Events at Montebellow Park: www.insideniagara.com/bin/events/search.cgi?query=Montebello%20Park&mh=5&type=phrase&bool=and

Ownership & Management

City of St.Catharines

Facilities

Very large pavillion

Picnic Tables

Bandshell

Children's playground

Walking paths and park benches

Accessibility

Wheelchair Accessible

Address

Montebello Park
123 Ontario Street
St. Catharines, Ontario
L2R 5W6

Telephone

(905) 937-7210

GPS Co-ordinates

Latitude 43.158533644618
Longitude -79.251399841193
UTM easting 642160
UTM northing 4779904

Administration

City of St.Catharines
Recreation & Community Services
320 Geneva Street
St. Catharines, Ontario
L2R 7C2
Tel (905) 937-7210
Fax (905) 646-9262
Toll free www.stcatharines.ca/recreation/pt/montebello_park.asp
Email jmclaughlin@stcatharines.ca

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