About Rothesay Common

Rothesay, New Brunswick
2016 People’s Choice – Public Space

What do you see in this space? How do people in the community enjoy it?:

  • 4.5 acre parcel of land that’s been used by the public since 1935
  • Allows the public to engage in both active and passive recreational activities
  • Provides a space for children to enjoy the playground, play basketball or football, fly a kite, or read a book at a nearby bench

Events and Festivals:

  • Winter Carnival – February 13, 2016
  • Canada Day – July 1, 2016
  • Concerts in the Common – July – September, 2016
  • Kidsfest – June 18, 2016
  • New Brunswick Day – August 1, 2016
  • Mayor’s Tree Lighting – December 15, 2016

Historic and Heritage Features:

  • In 2006 the Common was added to the New Brunswick Register of Historic Places.
  • Location of the park is the former Rothesay Town Centre
  • The grounds are still used as a cultural and ceremonial center of town (Canada Day, Remembrance Day, etc.)
  • The park is surrounded by Rothesay’s defined heritage area
  • There is a strong association with one of the town’s prominent historic families
  • Cenotaph is located at the center of the park

Memorable and Unique Characteristic(s):

  • 14 000 sq/ft skating surface – erected in December of 2015 with the Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony that gathered over 500 skaters
  • Over the 2015-16 winter, 8000 people used the upgraded facility


In 2015, after much consultation with citizens, a plan to transform the Rothesay Common into a true public space for all ages was approved by Rothesay Town Council. The plan included a new building that would provide wheelchair accessible washrooms, a common area for changing skates, and space for a new Zamboni. Also included in the upgrade was a new accessible playground, basketball courts, improvements to the green space, and a 14 000sq/ft. outdoor ice skating surface.

The Rothesay Common has now become a place that is enjoyed by young and old every season of the year. On summer nights the space is filled with people listening to music, flying kites, playing basketball or playing in the brook. During the winter months skaters, hockey players, snowshoers and skiers abound. Truly a facility for all ages for all seasons!

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Quick Facts

Submitted by: Charles Jensen