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The Ruth Clarke Centre for Seniors was constructed in 1979. Annual memberships are available for adults age 55 and older. The annual membership allows for participation in the Centre’s programs as well as additional discounts for fitness classes. Meeting spaces are also available for rentals.

The Government of Ontario has implemented a Province-wide lockdown. This measure prohibits use of all indoor recreation activities. More details regarding COVID-19 impacts to the Municipality are available on the COVID-19 webpage. Please watch our website for virtual programming

Upcoming session and registration dates are on hold. Pending the outcome of the Province wide shutdown, new dates will be announced.

New Seniors Centre

On March 18th, 2021, our Federal and Provincial governments announced that the Municipality of Port Hope was successful in their application for funding for the expansion of the Town Park Recreation Centre.

The project involves the expansion and rehabilitation of the existing Town Park Recreation Centre, with the addition of three multi-purpose rooms, a large gathering area, storage space, as well as rehabilitating the existing kitchen, increasing room sizes, and creating a new parking lot.

The addition at the Town Park Recreation Centre will be the new home to our 55+ membership and will provide improved access to the community and recreation activities.

Read the Full Announcement

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Office hours of operation

Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Hours may vary dependent on programs.


Memberships can be renewed at the Town Park Recreation Centre beginning on March 1, 2021.

The annual membership fee for the Ruth Clarke Activity Centre is $20.00 per person per year. Nominal fees are applied to the Seniors Centre’s activities for participation. Members will be issued a membership card when they pay their annual dues.

Your membership is valid for one year from the date of purchase.

 There are three types of memberships:

  • Members shall be persons who are 55 years of age or older.
  • Associate Members shall be partners or spouses of current club members, and are not yet 55 years of age. The only exception to this rule will be determined by the Board.  Associate members shall have full privileges of membership except for the right to run for the Seniors Club Advisory Board.
  • Life Members shall be persons who are members in good standing and have reached the age of 90 years. They shall be honoured at the annual general meeting and shall negate future membership fees.

Senior programs are offered year-round through the Ruth Clarke Centre. Various community groups and organizations use the facilities for their meetings and events. 

 Ruth Clarke Advisory Board

The purpose of the Advisory Board is to advise the Municipality of Port Hope, Parks, Recreation and Culture Department, on matters pertaining to programs, activities and services to members of the Ruth Clarke Activity Centre Seniors and to fully represent the members of the Ruth Clarke Centre.

The Advisory Board is comprised of elected members voted on by the membership. Those running or election are nominated by the membership to run for a position on the Board. The Board consists of no more then 9 members serving a 3 year term.

Introducing your current Ruth Clarke Advisory Board:

  • Chair: Doreen Reeves
  • Correspondence Secretary: Arlene Pettipas
  • Recording Secretary: Judith O'Leary
  • Treasurer: Paul Hay
  • Over 90s Coordinator: Peter Huffman
  • Kitchen Manager: Gordon Wake
  • Member at Large: Margaret Reynolds
  • Member at Large: Susan Deane
  • Older Adult Activity Coordinator: Emily Morris

Virtual class requirements 

For virtual classes you will be required to have a laptop, tablet or device with a camera and microphone to participate in these classes. You will receive an email 1 to 2 days before the start of your class with the Zoom link to join the class virtually.  Please ensure your email is correct when you register for the program.  If you have issues accessing the link for the class please call 905-885-7908.

For a list of available programs, dates and times, please visit our fitness page.

Over 80's discount

Older adults aged 80 and over can enroll for free in any of the dryland fitness programs offered by the Department of Parks, Recreation and Culture. Regular registration timelines apply and participants must meet age requirements at the time of enrollment.  

Minds in Motion

Minds in Motion is a 2-hour program that combines 1 hour of physical activity with 1 hour of mental and social stimulation. It is designed for individuals with any form of memory loss and their care partners to attend together. This program runs once a week for 8 weeks and offers the opportunity to establish new friendships with others who are living with similar experiences. This program is offered in partnership with the Alzheimer's Society at the Municipality of Port Hope. 

Due to the current pandemic Minds in Motion has shifted to make sure we can continue to offer our services and supports to all who wish to take part.  Minds in Motion is currently being offered twice a week virtually over the Zoom platform.  We have altered the program to run 30 Minutes physical exercise followed by 30 minutes of social/rec. Every Monday and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. this is a perfect opportunity to try the program. There is no diagnosis needed for this program. There is no better time then now to try it out. We welcome all to join in our fun.

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

RCAC Programs: May 2021

All recreation facilities are closed during the Provincial lock-down. See below a list of virtual programs available to RCAC members.

Virtual Coffee Club

Socialize with fellow RCAC members while enjoying your morning cup of coffee. From the comfort of your own home through Zoom we can discuss current events, check in with friends, and stay connected. Email rclarkecentre@porthope.ca to receive the Zoom link.

Fridays 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

RCAC workshops and events

Seniors Month

June is Seniors’ Month in Ontario. It is a time when we recognize the contributions that older adults make in communities across our province. Head over to our Seasonal Activities page to learn about the FREE Seniors Month Celebration Boxes!

Facility Amenities

  • Community Hall with kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Small fitness room
  • Computer lab