Park Operations

Annie Williams Memorial Park is located in Bracebridge, Ontario, the Heart of Muskoka, between Santa's Village Road and the Muskoka River. This beautiful serene 10 acre park features a dock and swimming beach, picnic shelter, amphitheater, and the newly built Brazier Family Memorial Playground. As host for numerous annual community events, Annie Williams Park is truly the hub of Bracebridge.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Sunday May 29th - AWMP Annual Family Picnic - Free

On Sunday May 29th, from 11AM until 2PM the Annie Williams Memorial Park Advisory Committee along with the Bracebridge Rotary Club, Bracebridge Lions Club, the Bracebridge-Muskoka Rotary Club and the Town of Bracebridge, once again join forces to sponsor the Annie Williams Memorial Park Annual Family Picnic.
There will be hotdogs, cake, ice cream, popcorn and drinks, as well as balloons and activities for the kids.   Children’s Entertainers “Jam Sandwich” with be at the Theater, the Bracebridge Fire Department, EMS and Lakeland Power will be there to show off their equipment and Santa’s Village will be doing free face painting.
It promises to be a day full of fun for the whole family.  Please come out and join us!!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

April 15th Deadline for AWMP Sponsor-A-Tree Program

April 15th is fast approaching and all orders for sponsoring a tree at Annie Williams Memorial Park will need to be in by that date.  Trees will are $300 and a "Hug a tree" commemorative plaque can be custom engraved for an additional $80.

Please contact the town to get a copy of the form or email Cathryn Willard at to get a copy.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Lakeland Association of Realtors Sponsors Trees in Annie Williams Memorial Park

On Tuesday March 22nd, the Lakeland Association of Realtors presented Annie Williams Park with a $3800 donation to plant 10 new trees to replace those damaged in last year's severe weather. 

March 22, 2016
Contact:  Crystal Henderson, Executive Officer 705-788-1504

Local Real Estate Board supports Annie Williams Park Tree Planting Program Bracebridge, ON –

In November 2015 a tremendous wind storm destroyed over thirty mature, beautiful trees in Bracebridge’s beloved Annie Williams Park.  The trees, some over 100 feet tall, were uprooted, broken or were left unsafe for the busy park.  Responding to a call for help by the park’s volunteer Board of Directors, The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® has donated $3,800 to fund the purchase and planting of more mature trees in an effort to restore the park to its former glory.

Established in 1926 by Bracebridge physician and philanthropist Dr. James Francis Williams in memory of his late wife Annie, the park has long been central to the vibrant community.  While each year many young sapling trees are planted in the park, the loss of so many large and mature trees has greatly changed the park’s nostalgic feel. Starting in the spring, with the funds from The Lakelands donation, the Annie Williams Park Board will purchase trees of more significant size to replace those lost in November. 

The donation by The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® will go toward the purchase of 10 mature trees.  “Open spaces, natural environment, fresh air – these are the hallmarks of what it means to live and work in Muskoka. Local Realtors work hard to preserve the important quality of life that we hang our hat on,” says Lakelands Association President Tom Wilkinson. “Annie Williams Park brings so much joy to the residents of Bracebridge. We’re proud to step up and donate to such an iconic and beloved park and in turn, support healthy sustainable communities across our board area.”

The donation to Annie Williams Park on behalf of local Realtors was presented to park Board of Directors Chair Cathryn Willard on March 22nd on-site at the park. Several members of The Lakelands were in attendance.  The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® holds an Emergency Relief fund in their budget to help support significant causes across their area.  The committee responsible for the fund considers tragic events throughout Almaguin, Muskoka, Orillia and Haliburton that require a quick injection of funds to prevent further impact.

Muskoka Haliburton Orillia - The Lakelands Association of REALTORS® represents over 680 licensed real estate professionals within the heart of Ontario’s and Canada’s cottage country.  Major geographical areas within the regions include the City of Orillia, and communities within the District Municipality of Muskoka, Almaguin Highlands and County of Haliburton.   REALTOR® members throughout the region specialise in the trading of real estate representing different land use properties ranging from recreational, residential and commercial.  

REALTORS® are committed to improving Quality of Life by supporting policies that help ensure economic vitality, provide housing opportunities, preserve the environment, protect property owners and build better communities with good schools and safe neighbourhoods. For more information on Annie Williams Park and the tree planting program, visit:

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

MAC Presents Annie Williams Park With Generous Donation

The Annie Williams Memorial Park Board was delighted to accept a cheque in the amount of $5000 from the Muskoka Arts & Crafts today.  The two organization share a long history, with the Muskoka Arts & Crafts Summer Show being held in the Park for over 50 years.  This generous donation was given in the wake of the recent storm that destroyed over 30 trees in the Park, and will be put to good use restoring the Park's canopy.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

November 6th Storm Destroys Park Trees

Tuesday November 10, 2015


On the morning of Friday, November 6, a rain and windstorm that moved through Bracebridge disrupting power and having a devastating in Annie Williams Memorial Park.  It is highly probable that a microburst (a brief but intensive localized rush of sinking air accompanied by extremely high winds) occurred in the Park.   Over 30 trees, most of them of a mature age and in good health were pulled up by the roots, snapped in half, or twisted apart at the base as this storm cut a swath through this popular Bracebridge Park.

Clean up from this storm has already begun with some assistance and support from the Town of Bracebridge.  Although final cost will take some time to determine, the Park Board anticipates that clean-up costs will be significant.  Cathryn Willard, Chair of the Annie Williams Memorial Park Board, has spoken with Town staff and Mayor Graydon Smith and is appreciative of their input and assistance.

Willard also notes that she has received a number of calls from neighbours of the Park expressing their sadness over the loss of the trees and asking how they can help.  The Park Board has made a concentrated effort over the last few years, with volunteer help, to annually plant young trees and seedlings in acknowledgement of the need to replace the aging tree population.  It is clear that, after last week’s storm, the Board will need to increase its tree-planting efforts in the future.

This presents a great opportunity for community involvement and the Park Board will be discussing the implementation of  a Sponsor-A-Tree Campaign, with individuals, families and businesses, providing the opportunity to both donate funds and plant a tree that they will be able to help care for and watch grow in the coming years and decades.  More details will be forthcoming as plans develop.

For further information, please contact Cathryn Willard, Chair, Annie Williams Memorial Park Board, at or 705-644-3235.