What's Up Rec?

Wishing our gre‘A’t leader all the best!

The Recreation Department has some rather sad news to share in this week’s column.

Recreation Director Bill Schurman will be leaving us at the end of the month to return home to Prince Edward Island to be with his family.

Throughout his years with our department and the Town of Amherst, Bill’s presence has certainly made a profound and positive impact on our community. He has accomplished a lot and made great strides in helping improve the culture within Amherst and helping us to #seewhyweloveit.

We look forward to upholding the high standards developed during Bill’s time with the town. Our goal will remain the same: “to be the most, healthy, active community within Nova Scotia” and to help keep Amherst clean, green and tidy.

Bill’s friendly smile, drive and determination will certainly be missed by all of us here at the “A” Team. We would like to wish him all the best in “A” great life ahead and thank him for helping build a team focused on making Amherst, a great place to live, work and play.

Keeping Amherst Active & Tidy

June is here, summer is right around the corner and Amherst Recreation is gearing up for a busy and beautiful summer ahead!Mulch 7b

Our Family First student leaders are out and about on bikes going from park to park and event to event to make sure you have lots to do in Amherst this summer.

Our beautification and Robb Complex student leaders are working hard to help keep Amherst clean and tidy through daily litter pickup, turf maintenance of public spaces and flower bed maintenance throughout the town.

Our Recreation staff has been quite busy in the parks, on the playing fields, in the stadium and throughout the town, keeping them in good shape for all residents to enjoy.

As we continue to carry out our routine spring maintenance within the parks and facilities, we kindly ask that you please bare with us as we carry out this necessary work.

If you should happen to notice areas requiring attention, please kindly forward your concerns or comments to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 902-667-6500.

There are so many great opportunities to get outdoors and be active within our community. We hope you will take full advantage of all the great parks and facilities that are open for your use.   

Atlantic Wildlife Festival

On Saturday, June 15, and Sunday, June 16, we invite you to come to Amherst Stadium between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. to see live birds-of-prey in flight at shows with the Canadian Raptor Conservancy and to explore biodiversity with the Hands-on Nature exhibit from the Royal Ontario Museum.

Local wildlife and outdoor adventure organizations and businesses will be on site too! The admission is $5. Children under three are free.

What’s happening

Learn what is happening around the community by visiting our free community events listing or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. If you have questions, community events and information to share, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 902-667-6500.

Here is a taste of what’s happening around Amherst:

  • Amherst Farmers Market, 9 Electric St., Amherst Lions Club – Friday, June 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • 10th Annual Dickey Park Youth Fun Run, 132 East Pleasant St., Dickey Park – Saturday, June 15, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • 3rd Annual Cumberland Pride Parade, Downtown Amherst – Saturday, June 15, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Amherst Seniors Mixed Softball League, Robb Complex – Monday, June 17: 10 a.m. to noon.