The City of Merritt Parks Department is operated with all seasonal employees that are employed from April to October. The Parks Department is comprised of one Parks Foremen, two labourers, and two summer students. The Parks Department is responsible for maintaining eight parks totalling over 5O acres of parkland and 5 km of trails managing the landscaping of all civic facilities that include City Hall, Civic Centre, Nicola Valley Aquatic Centre, Spirit Square, Fire Hall, Museum, Tennis Courts, Volleyball Courts, Dewolf Way, Main Street Dog Park, North East Entrance to the City and the Airport also included are all boulevards and right of ways within the city.
Parks staff maintains approximately 45 acres of turf on a weekly basis. This includes mowing, aerating, over seeding, topdressing , line trimming, the use of a healthy fertilization program and irrigation practices. There are twenty five annual flower beds, forty eight planters planters and five perennials beds that are planted and maintained during the planting season. There are over 150 trees that are planted on City property that need ongoing care. This requires planting of new trees, watering, fertilizing, pruning, health monitoring, hazard assessment and, removal when necessary.
The City of Merritt has 8 developed parks to choose from:
Fairley Park - 1788 Quilchena Ave
If your kids are toddlers then Fairley Park is the park to visit. This park was fundraised for and specially designed by the Merritt Fire Rescue Department for the smaller children. The playground equipment will let the little ones explore and swing until content and if they are brave enough they can ride the dinosaur!
If you want to take the kids out for some fun or just sit on a warm summers evening and listen to the music then Rotary Park is the place to be. Rotary Park has a water park, play ground equipment, band shell, and plenty of room to play. Annual events like Canada Day and Easter are held in the park along with pancake breakfasts and Saturday evenings Music in the Park.
Lions Memorial Park
Just traveling through? Need a table and some grass to spread out your lunch and let the kids run? Lions Picnic is set along the Nicola River with trails and a walking bridge to explore. This park has full washroom facility's to let you have a rest before you hit the road again.
N'kwala Park - 2050 Merritt Ave
N'kwala Park is located just across the river from Lions Picnic Park. N'kwala park is now the site of the new lawn bowling green and club house. If you love bowling and spend the winter bowling indoors then why not try bowling outdoors in Merritt's warm summer months.
Centennial Park - 1350 Government Ave
Go for a walk along the Coldwater River at Centennial Park or just sit in one of the benches and admire the many different species of trees in this newly developed park.
Voght Park - 1500 Canford Ave
Voght Park is one of Merritt's oldest parks. This park is also along the Coldwater River and located across the river from Centennial Park. At Voght Park you can have a ball game or go for a jog on its natural 1/8 mile track.
This park is home to 5 ball fields, kid’s playground, sand volleyball court, washrooms and a gazebo for all your tournament needs. Also you can follow the paved trail along the golf course that will lead you right to Rotary Park.