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, July 11, 2014

A New "Little Free Library" in the Park!

Back in March I read an article in The Rotarian about an age-old idea of a take one/return one library being revitalized throughout North America by a US based rotarian and his company Little Free Library. I thought this would be a perfect fit for Annie Williams Park.  After thinking about how to make this happen, I came to the realization that my plate was just a little too full to do anything about it right now, however I kept the article beside my chair in hopes that one day we could make it a reality.  Little did I know that day was not too far off,  Just a short distance away, my friend Jessica Tickle was reading the same article and she immediately thought "I want one in my neighbourhood!"  Her first call was to me to see if Annie Williams Park was interested.  I took this as an amazing example of putting something out to the universe and wait and see what comes back.

The initial idea of a cute little library made from recycled materials quickly evolved when Jessica approached John Kerr from Back Yard Stuff chainsaw carving on Highway 11. His enthusiasm for the project was outstanding. He envisioned something much more permanent and artistic and offered his expertise and his relationships with chainsaw artists to create the sculpture that was installed today. Artist, Scott Rowe has done a fabulous job. 

A small committee of interested neighbours quickly formed to help collect books and maintain the library.  While digging the huge hole needed to prep the site, I asked our youngest committee member, Alex Quemby (11yrs old), why she wanted to get involved and she replied "I love reading and I think other kids my age do too! I can't wait to trade good books with them".  In an era of computers and smart phones, I am enthused to hear that this Little Free Library is still of interest to a younger generation of readers. 

The three service clubs supporting the Park, Rotary Club of Bracebridge, Rotary Club of Bracebridge-Muskoka Lakes & Bracebridge Lions Club are active participants in making this vision a reality. The Annie Williams Park Board will proceed with an official registration through the Little Free Library website (

Throughout the project, everyone involved has shared the common goal of fostering neighbourhood relationships and giving back to our community. 

The library will start with a focus toward books for children and young-adult readers but will blossom into whatever the community gives back to it.  

Thank you for your interest in this worthy project. Remember to think about our Little Free Library in the park after you finish a great book! 
Cathryn Willard, Chair
Annie Williams Memorial Park BOD

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Bracebridge Cubs and Scouts help out Annie Williams Memorial Park!

Bracebridge Cubs and Scouts planting seedlings at Annie Williams Memorial Park on Thursday May 22, 2014.  Thank you to all of our great little helpers!  Your work is greatly appreciated.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Sunday May 25th

Bracebridge Youth Conduct Spring Cleanup

The amazing youth of Bracebridge teamed up earlier this month to perform a Spring cleanup of Annie Williams Memorial Park.  Mayor Graydon Smith was on hand to thank them for doing this tremendous service for the park.   A sincere thank you as well, from all of us on the Annie Williams Memorial Park Board!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Annie Williams Park - Opens for the 2014 on Season May 15th

Annie Williams Park 3rd Annual Family Picnic Day
Sunday May 25th
All of Bracebridge is invited to our 3rd Annual Family Picnic Day, which will be held on Sunday, May 25th from 11:00 AM to 3:00PM.
This is a fun FREE event for the whole family.   There will be cake, ice cream, balloons and lots of free events for kids, young and old.
Bring some lawn chairs and enjoy this jewel on the Muskoka River.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Tim Hortons Skate at Annie Williams Park

This has been a phenomenal winter for the skating rinks at Annie Williams Park.  On Saturday January 4th, Tim Hortons came out to help us celebrate winter by organizing a Fun Day and providing warm drinks for all of our skaters.  As usual, a good time was had by all.   Thank you to all of the volunteers that help make this free skating rink possible!