55+ Membership Program

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We've got friendly surroundings and activities for all adults age 55+. We promote involvement, commitment, goodwill and participation among groups and individuals within the membership community. The Town Park Recreation Centre is now home to our 55+ membership.

Icon of a membership card with a checkmarkA $20 yearly 55+ Membership gives you all these perks:

  • Access to the facility: such as the lounge and computer lab. 
  • Programs and staying social: Attend programs, clinics, demonstrations and workshops. Plus social and special events too!
  • Exclusive discounts: receive a 50% discount (off adult rate) on all dry land fitness classes (not applicable to aquatic programs) 
Explore the Membership FAQs below for answers to commonly asked questions.

Membership FAQs

Benefits of becoming a member

Your 55+ membership card entitles you to:

  • Attend programs, clinics, demonstrations and workshops 
  • Attend special events – parties, dances, guest speakers, movies
  • Grab a coffee and make use of the facility such as the lounge and computer lab with free wi-fi
  • Borrow a book or a puzzle! Our Lending Library is stocked regularly by our helpful volunteers and members. Plus, you have access to our Builder Booklets - available monthly with many crossword puzzles, sudokus, word scrambles and other brain-teasers
  • Keep updated with the latest information on items such as local initiatives, health care, hospital direction, community support, social services
  • Meet lots of new friends and people in your community
  • Stay connected with our newsletter subscription
  • Discover a new hobby/skill/talent
  • Become involved in meaningful volunteer work

Nominal fees are applied to the Seniors Centre’s activities for participation. 

Who qualifies for a membership

  • Members shall be persons who are 55 years of age or older.
  • Individuals over 90 years of age get a complimentary membership. 

Why do I need a membership?

Membership fees help offset some of the costs of running the centres such as heat, hydro, snow removal, repairs, equipment, program supplies and general maintenance of the centres. In the interest of fairness, everyone who participates in programs or events must have a valid membership - this way everyone contributes.

And as an added perk you get free coffee and tea with your membership!

How do I get a membership

Ready to register? Memberships can be renewed in person at the Town Park Recreation Centre or over the phone at 905-885-7908. In some instances, nominal fees are applied to the Seniors Centre’s activities for participation. Your membership is valid for one year from the date of purchase.

icon of a calendar55+ Programming Calendar

See below for a list of programs and workshops available to 55+ members. Check back regularly as we continue to add new offerings.

Check out our recreation schedules calendar for these listings and more activities! 


Card Programs

Below is a list of all card programs that are currently available to 55+ members.

Duplicate Bridge

Drop-ins can be accepted. All members are welcome!

Bid Euchre

Drop-ins can be accepted. All members are welcome!

Bridge Skill Development

This program is for players who are learning or who already play but want to develop further skills. Drop-ins can be accepted. All members are welcome!


Drop-ins can be accepted. All members are welcome!

Texas Hold'em

Drop-ins can be accepted. All members are welcome!


Drop-ins can be accepted.  All members are welcome! 


Drop-ins can be accepted. All members are welcome! 

Colouring Club

Bring your colouring books and supplies to enjoy a social morning with friends while sharing creative ideas and techniques. Drop-ins can be accepted. All members are welcome! 

This program will be paused for July and August, please check back in September!


Drop-ins can be accepted. All members are welcome! 

Tai Chi

The next registration for Beginner Tai Chi will be in August, 2024. Please check back for dates.

Current members are welcome to participate in the program and three class levels will be available every Tuesday. Drop-ins can be accepted. 

  • Location: Town Park Recreation Centre
  • Summer Location: East Beach
  • Continuing and Intermediate (drop-in): Tuesdays from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
  • Beginner (FULL): Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.
  • Beginner (FULL): Tuesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.

Knitting Circle

Bring your knitting supplies and enjoy each other’s company while sharing your projects and patterns. Drop-ins can be accepted. All members are welcome! 

This program will be paused for July and August, please check back in September!

Bingo Programs

Below is a list of all bingo programs available to members.


The cost to play is $2.50. Drop-ins can be accepted. All members are welcome! 

Dime Bingo

The cost to play is $2.00. Drop-ins can be accepted. Please bring your own dimes. All members are welcome! 


Current members are welcome to join our darts program at the Town Park Recreation Centre. Bring your own darts. Drop-ins can be accepted. 

Beginner Ukulele

Have you ever wanted to learn how to play an instrument? Give beginner ukulele a try! All required supplies are provided. Registration is required.

This program will be paused for July and August, please check back in September!

French Café

Come have a coffee/tea and meet other members who would like to practice speaking French.  This is for any level of ability, and everyone is welcome to drop in and listen, speak and learn from each other.

This program will be paused for July and August, please check back in September!


Come enjoy a good game of scrabble and socializing with friends. Scrabble boards and dictionaries are provided.  Drop-ins can be accepted. 

Nordic Pole Walking Course

Come join us for a total body workout while socializing! Nordic Pole Walking targets 90% of your body’s muscles, cardiovascular system, keeps your body in alignment, reduces impact and burns calories. You will be shown how to achieve this by a trained Nordic Pole walking instructor. If you have your own poles, please bring them to each walk. For participants who do not have their own equipment, a limited number of walking poles will be available for use and need to be returned to the instructor after each walk. All walks start at Riverside Park. This program will be cancelled on days where there is inclement weather and will switch to an evening time in July and August.

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Computer Lab

Enjoy free use of our laptops and WiFi. This is not an instructed course. Drop-ins can also be accepted. All members are welcome! 

Computer Training Course

In partnership with Fleming College, members have access to free in-person computer training.  Participants will learn basic computer navigation, Internet usage, digital communications (including texting, email), and Microsoft Word. Registration is required for this course. Participants must commit to attending all four dates. 

This course is finished for the summer. Please check back soon for fall dates!

Minds in Motion

What is Minds in Motion? Minds in Motion® (MIM) is a community-based social program that incorporates physical exercise (1 hour) and mental stimulation (1 hour) for people with early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia and their care partners.  Through the Minds in Motion® program, both the person living with dementia and their care partner can benefit from the following: increasing physical activity through gentle group exercise, establishing new friendships with others who are living with similar experiences and engaging in fun, social activities.

The person living with dementia benefits from:

  1. Improved balance, mobility, flexibility, and alertness.
  2. Increased confidence, and comfort with their own circumstance.
  3. Mutual support from others facing similar experiences.

The care partner benefits from:

  1. An opportunity to focus on their own health and have fun with their partner.
  2. Seeing the person, they are caring for enjoying themselves.
  3. Mutual support and learning from other care partners.

All participants benefit from:

  1. Sharpened mental functioning, sometimes lasting two to three days afterwards.
  2. An increased sense of social participation.

How often does the program run, and for how long? Sessions run for two hours, once per week, for eight weeks in a community-based location

Is there a cost to the program?  Yes, there is a cost.  It’s $40 per couple for the 8 weeks.  

For more information you can contact:

Jennifer Stubbert, Minds in Motion Coordinator, 705-748-5131 ext. 225 or 1-800-561-2588 or jennifer@alzheimerjourney.ca

Additional Fitness Programming offered at a 50% discount!

Find the right class for you. We offer many classes to fit your needs and abilities. 55+ Members receive 50% off the adult rate. 

See our current fitness classes

Even more things to do

Discover additional exciting activities unrelated to this membership. If you are are searching for a specific class or sports drop-in, see our programming that is offered to all seniors in our community. 

See our age-friendly programming


Below is a list of the workshops that are currently available to members. To register, please contact the Town Park Recreation Centre.

Heart Health by Canadian Women’s Heart Health Centre Workshop

Come out to better understand how to prevent women’s heart disease and how to develop a heart-healthy lifestyle.

Thursday, July 18, 2024: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

MTO Vulnerable Road Users Workshop

Join us for this virtual workshop where the presenter will address topics such as understanding the perceptions of vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, and how to safely navigate the roads around them.

Thursday, September 12, 2024: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

MTO Winter Driving Workshop

Join us for this virtual workshop on how to prepare ourselves and our vehicles for winter driving.

Thursday, October 10, 2024: 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Location: Town Park Recreation Centre

Volunteering at 55+ events

We're actively seeking volunteers for a variety of roles at our 55+ events. All volunteers will need to complete a Police Record Check for Vulnerable Sector. Training will be provided prior to your volunteer start date. To express your interest, please call Town Park Recreation Centre at 905-885-7908, or email us.

Coffee and Tea Volunteers

The volunteers will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Preparing coffee, tea, milk, creamers … etc., before the program start time.
  • Cleaning up coffee and tea supplies after the program.
  • Depending on the time of day, either load or unload the dishwasher, and pack away tea cups.

There are various volunteer shifts that are available, and you can choose any shift(s) that accommodate your schedule.  The shifts are listed below:

  • Mondays – 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Tuesdays – 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  • Wednesdays – 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays – 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. or 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • Fridays – 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. or 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. or 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Lunch Bunch Volunteers

This position is responsible for the following tasks:

  • Implement monthly lunch bunch activities.
  • Develop a monthly menu with healthy food options.
  • Prepare and serve food according to the Food Handlers’ guidelines.  All food preparation must be completed at Town Park Recreation Centre.
  • Assist in the set-up and take down of lunch bunch supplies.
  • A Food Handlers’ certificate is required for this position and will be provided for free through the Municipality of Port Hope.  *Note: The Food Handlers’ certification course is online and is self-paced.  A computer and the internet are necessary to complete the course.  If you do not have access to the internet and/or a computer, you may complete the online course by using a laptop at Town Park Recreation Centre.

  • The shifts will vary and is dependent on the date and time of the events.

Call for Committee Members! Looking for other ways to give back to your community? We are currently recruiting for the committee opportunities within the Parks, Recreation and Culture department that are not Advisory Committees for Council, but rather serve to steer programming and initiatives within the department. We are currently looking for applicants for the Town Park Centre Expansion Fundraising Committee and the 55+ Program Committee

We're growing together wordmarkCelebrating the past and looking ahead

We've got a rich past that has paved way for our future. Learn more about the history of the Ruth Clarke Activity Centre and where we are going from here. We're growing together, join us!

Celebrating Ruth Clarke 

Ruth Clarke HeadshotBorn in Port Hope in 1897, Ruth started as a teacher and quickly realized the need for advocacy and leadership within the education system. Her dedication and active involvement in the Ontario Teachers Federation, led to her being the only Port Hope teacher to be made a Fellow of both the Ontario Teachers Federation and the Canadian College of Teachers.

Ruth began her political leadership in 1958 as a Port Hope councillor but returned to her beloved teaching in 1962 until 1964 when she was elected Deputy-Reeve. She went on to serve the Port Hope community for 15 years in a variety of roles. She showed strong support for the growth and development of the community by advocating for the construction of a new fire hall, the James Reynolds Bridge and the extension of the town library.

Her dedication to Port Hope was officially recognized in 1985 with the naming of a new facility, The Ruth Clarke Activity Center for Seniors located at 81 Mill Street South. Growing need for programs, services and safe accessible space led to the expansion of the Town Park Recreation Centre and relocation of services. Ruth’s legacy of support to her community is continuing to be recognized through custom art created by local artists celebrating her work that are located at the Town Park Recreation Centre.

The home of our 55+ Programming

On March 18, 2021, our Federal and Provincial governments announced that we were successful in our application for funding for the expansion of the Town Park Recreation Centre.

Ways to donate to the expansion project

Senior Active Living Centre (SALC) programs promote wellness, social interaction, and education to help seniors stay active, independent, and engaged.

The Municipality of Port Hope receives annual funding from the Province of Ontario to help offset the costs of our 55+ programming. Additionally, we secure yearly funding for special projects. Each year, our 55+ committee proposes enhancements, which include new tables, chairs, accessible programming equipment, and more, ensuring our community benefits from improved and inclusive resources.

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