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“Great place to spend time lying around or watching children play”

Barrie Centennial Park
Ranked #1 of 52 things to do in Barrie
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Reviewed March 16, 2013

Really nice sand beach! Great playground for young children. Water is clear with sandy bottom. Spend a lot of time by the lake. Close to downtown. Nice walking trail.

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Reviewed February 18, 2013

Barrie's waterfront is open and accessible and free.
The water is chilly until mid July. Biking, roller blading or walking it's a real gem and breath of fresh air. No charge parking and lots of it.

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Reviewed January 29, 2013

Nice beach and park area. Great for families and kids. Nice place to walk but sometimes get way too crowded. Water is cold even in the summer. Too many geese and droppings. Great venue for community events. I often just drive down to the park to be near the water - best substitute for the ocean in my area.

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Reviewed December 28, 2012

The park has wall maintained gardens and fountains in summer and because it is on the shore the bay there is always lots to see,photograph,etc.

Thank Ed H
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Reviewed December 21, 2012

All so virtually stupid. The beach is across from and downwind from the massive sewage treatment facility, which depending on the day, can be really RANK! The massive sewer water release is off the main beach about 1000 feet in the lake. You can tell as this is where the ice is last to freeze over in the winter. The geese and ducks defoul the lawns and where they have "missed" the dogs on leashes crews have allowed fido to do his thing, which they clean up with their hand-in-the-plastic-bag routine, but it is never done well enough. Sp think that one through before you flop down a nice clean blanket or towel. The park is devoid of trees, which is a pain. They put a virtual throughway through the park so be careful, it is dangerous, especially for little kids. The area is overwhelmed by massive concrete condo buildings which shade the beach in the late day, and provide a truly ugly back drop. In the summer they blocl off the park for events like the huge Kempenfest Flea Market ( a joke) and for the auto race weekend, when the air is filled with gas fumes and noise. Barrie council cannot understand the concept of "park." There is a marina crammed in the park which is weird, having the city compete with free enterprise local facilities. It is filled with friends of city staff and teachers who won't pay the going rate elsewhere. They don't pay for the parking they steal on weekends, which amounts to hundreds of prime spots. It is unsafe to jog or walk in Centennial park at night and the statistics are there to prove it. If you want drugs, go there at night and flick a lighter. It is questionable if the water is safe to swim in, as when the sewage plant has a mechanical problem, they frequently release untreated sewage into the lake, and with the outlet 1000 feet off the beach, well, be sure to swim with your mouth shut! Centennial Park has been receiving more buildings every year, cluttering up the open parklands. It is now "tight" for space at the end of the Bay where the beach is. This park should be avoided. consider nearby Orillia, world class Wasaga, or the Tiny beaches area on Georgian Bay. If yo do go to Centennial, be sure to shower, and hyour kids too, and remember to wash those beach blankets. Centennial Beach is one of this area's historic points of shame and wasted opportunity. It gets worse every year. Good to visit on a winter day to feed the ducks.

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