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Parks, sports fields and outdoor recreation

Parks

Popular City of Ottawa parks

How to rent a park

To check park availability, please contact our office directly. Park bookings are based on first come first serve.

  1. Complete the park application form
    1. Please provide alternative locations as your preferred site may not be available or suitable for your proposed event.  Please clearly indicate if they are your second or third choice.
  2. Send the completed application form to Centralized Allocations at sports@ottawa.ca.  Please ensure that all fields have been filled out correctly before submitting.
  3. Once the completed application has been received by one of our staff, we will review all aspects and if required, request more information regarding your event.  This process varies in length of time.
  4. A tentative contract along with information on how to make payment will be sent to you by e-mail.  You will review, sign and return one copy to us at sports@ottawa.ca
  5. The contract will only be valid once we have received payment and the signed copy of the contract in our offices prior to the event.
  6. On the day of your event, you are to bring a copy of your contract along with your receipt to avoid any confusion.

Rental rates

All rates include HST.

Parks are open for daily bookings from 7 am to 11 pm.

Category Duration Rate
Not for Profit or Private (Under 100 people) Half day $27.50
Not for Profit or Private (Under 100 people) Full day $55
Not for Profit or Private (101 - 200 people) Full day

$109.95

Not for Profit or Private (201 people and up) Full day $219.80
Commercial Full day

$439.35

Hourly Bootcamp or Fitness

Classes

Hourly

$32.55

Rental definitions

Activity Category
The Activity Category determines the fee to be applied to the park rental and is based upon what the group is doing at the rental site and the number of individuals participating in the rental event.
Not for profit activity An activity that fits with the Parks and Recreation branch mandate and is not intended to generate a profit. This activity must be open to everyone.
Private activity A not for profit activity that does not fit with the Parks and Recreation mandate and/or is intended for select members of the community.
Commercial activity An activity that has the intent of generating a profit. This activity may involve the sale of goods or services or may require a registration fee prior to participation.
Half day A daily booking of four hours or less.
Full day A daily booking of five to 16 hours.

Dogs in parks

Parks can provide a pleasant and safe environment in which to exercise dogs. Dogs must always be under the control of their handler, even if a leash is not required. Signs are posted to inform the public of whether dogs are prohibited or if they must be leashed. Please visit the Dogs-in-Park Designation Policy for more information

Frequently asked questions

How can I locate City of Ottawa parks?

Finding a City of Ottawa park is easy:

  • Check out the park locations above.
  • Search for your park using the GeoOttawa map

How do I book a park?

  1. Contact Centralized Allocations to request a Park Application, or print the request for use.
  2. Return your fully completed application to Centralized Allocations via:
  • E-mail: sports@ottawa.ca
  • Fax: 613-580-2683   
  • Mail: 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa ON, K2G 5K7.
  1. Once the application is received by the City, staff will contact you regarding your request for rental.

Are barbeques allowed in City of Ottawa parks?

  • Barbeques are allowed in designated barbequing areas only. A designated area has a free standing Barbeque Pit.
  • You must obtain a park permit through Centralized Allocations in order to barbeque in a non-designated area within a park. 
  • Clients who have secured a park permit may bring their own propane barbeque to a park.
  • Barbeques are to be kept a minimum of 5 meters away from any structure.

Do parks close?

All City of Ottawa parks are closed from 11 p.m. to 6 a.m. daily, unless otherwise posted.  Individuals in a park during these hours may be subject to a fine.

Are washrooms available?

Most parks do not have washroom facilities available; however, some parks do have portable toilets. Other parks have washrooms in field houses that can be rented or accessed with keys. 

Is parking available?

  • Only some parks have parking lots.
  • Please take a look at the park you are requesting to rent to see if parking is available on site.
  • Please note that some parking lots have an hourly fee for parking. 
  • If you choose to park on the street, ensure that you obey all street signs.

What is the cancellation or refund policy?

  • Clients must provide ten (10) business days notice to amend or cancel a rental.  Only credits on account will be provided.  
  • If the cancellation or amendment is outside the ten (10) business days, no refund is provided.

What if someone is on my rented site?

  • If you have secured a permit for a defined rental space (i.e. outdoor shelter) you will have exclusive use of that area identified on the permit. 
  • Please ensure you bring a copy of your rental permit with you on the day of the event.
  • Please show your permit to the other group.  If this does not resolve the conflict, you may contact 3-1-1 and ask for a by-law officer to be dispatched.
  • General, or non-designated park permits do not allow you exclusive use of a park, as all parks are considered public spaces.  Please ensure that you have a copy of your rental permit with you at all times to assist with any conflict. 

Can I bring alcohol to the park?

Alcohol is permitted only on acceptable park premises providing that a Special Occasion Permit (SOP) has been obtained at your own expense and approval from Centralized Allocations staff has been confirmed.  There are multiple other rules and regulations that must be followed.  Please contact Centralized Allocation for more information or visit the LCBO’s website.

Can I set up inflatable amusements?

Each request will be reviewed individually by the City staff based on a number of considerations.   Proof of insurance is required for all bouncy castles on City parks.

Can I set up a tent for shelter?

Small (i.e. 10’ x 10’), quick-up tents are permitted in City parks, as long as they are not pegged into the ground, and secured by an alternative method.

Can I play music?

  • If you are planning to play music or use any form of an amplified device, you must apply for and receive an exemption to the Noise By-Law. 
  • Please contact noiseexemption@ottawa.ca for further information.

Does my permit have a maximum number of participants allowed?

If your event will have 500 or more participants please contact Event Central at eventcentral@ottawa.ca

When do I need to get a park permit?

You need a permit to hold an organized event on City parks. 

Examples of events include:

  • Community picnics
  • Fundraisers
  • Sporting events
  • Weddings
  • Birthdays
  • Social gatherings
  • Work gatherings
  • Special events

How much does a park permit cost?

The cost of a permit varies depending on the following:

  • Size of event
  • Duration
  • Type (public, private, commercial etc.)

Why is a park permit needed?

The City uses park permits to make sure that:

  • By-law is respected
  • the event is compatible with the site’s amenities

Terms and Conditions

CONTRACT HOLDER: PLEASE READ ALL OF THESE PROVISIONS

Access

  1. Contract holders must have a copy of the City of Ottawa rental contract available at all times.
  2. Activities must not interfere with public use of park areas not included or specified on the contract.
  3. Contract holders must vacate the premises and return them to their original condition at the end of the rental period.
  4. The consumption, sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages is prohibited at City of Ottawa premises, unless authorized by the City of Ottawa, and unless the appropriate permits have been obtained.
  5. The City reserves the right to designate staff to attend any function to ensure that all terms, conditions and regulations are being observed and respected.

Changes to Contract

  1. Changes to contracts can only be considered subject to availability of dates, days and hours.

Safety/Insurance

  1. Contract holders should be equipped with proper First Aid supplies and have a person certified in First Aid on-site at all times while using the City of Ottawa park.
  2. Refer to Clause #27 of the Ottawa Rental Contract General Terms and Conditions for insurance requirements.
  3. For the information of contract holders, the City of Ottawa also administers an affordable third party liability insurance program that you can purchase directly from your City representative.

Risk Management/Incident Reporting

  1. Contract holders are required to report, within 24 hours, injury and property damage incidents to the designated City of Ottawa representative. Contract holders are required to adhere to the procedures identified in the Quick Guide Claim and Incident Reporting “Do’s and Don’ts Hints”, attached as Annex ‘B’.

User Maintenance

  1. It is the responsibility of the contract holder to ensure all garbage is disposed of in accordance with recycling practices and the direction of the Facility Manager.

Parking Restrictions

  1. Parking is not permitted on City of Ottawa park green spaces and no charges can be levied by the contract holder for on-site-designated parking, except as authorized on the rental contract.  A disregard for parking restrictions can result in the cancellation of the rental contract(s).

 Use of Barbecues and Open Air Fires

  1. The use of gas barbecues is permitted provided they are installed a minimum of five metres away from any building structure. Charcoal barbecues are permitted at designated sites only. Please contact your City of Ottawa representative for additional information.
  2. Open air fires and fireworks are not permitted unless authorized by the City of Ottawa, and until the appropriate permits have been obtained from the Fire Department.

Equipment Installation

  1. Installation of equipment and conduct of activities including but not limited to tents, amusement rides, motorized vehicles, livestock and portable toilets are not permitted unless prior authorization is received from the City of Ottawa.

Electrical Resources

  1. For all temporary installations which require access to, or redistribution of electrical resources belonging to the City of Ottawa, including the use of generators, the Contract Holder must:
    1. Obtain written approval from City of Ottawa staff.
    2. Provide the contact information of the Electrical Contractor hired and provide proof of ECRA certification.
    3. Provide copies of all ESA inspection reports.
  2. The City of Ottawa
    1. reserves the right to attend ESA inspections taking place on any City of Ottawa land.
    2. reserves the right to deny access to any electrical resources.
    3. will monitor the electrical consumption for the entire period that the Contract holder has possession of the land/park. Financial charge backs may be added for excessive use and/or misuse.
    4. will charge the contract holder for any service related repairs, including but not limited to vandalism, tripped breakers, etc.

Communication

  1. The contract holder shall be responsible for making its members, users and participants aware of these terms and conditions and for making a copy of the terms and conditions available for inspection by its members, users and participants, if requested.

Non-compliance with the terms and conditions of this contract could result in the immediate suspension of the contract(s) or a written warning.  A second incidence of non-compliance will result in the cancellation of the contract.

Note: These terms and conditions are reviewed annually.

Park locations

The interactive map and table below display City of Ottawa park locations. The number of parks listed in the table will expand or contract as you zoom in, zoom out or pan the map view. You can also navigate to an area of interest by searching for a park name, address, intersection, street segment or city facility in the “Find address or place” search box. Clicking on a park will display more information about that location.

Park information is also available for download in the City’s Open Data Catalogue.

Sledding hills

Welcome to the 2016-2017 Season

Before sledding, always be sure to assess the weather and physical conditions of the hill to ensure it is safe for use. Sledding hills are not regularly maintained or inspected throughout the season; therefore, the responsibility is on the user to inspect the hill prior to use and avoid sledding when any hazards or unsafe conditions are present.  Do not sled when conditions are icy or hazardous. 

To reduce the risk of injury to yourself and others, practice the following:

  • Children should be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
  • Wear a CSA approved safety helmet.
  • Sled during daylight. If you are out at night, don’t slide unless the hill is well lit.
  • Always sit or kneel facing forward on the sled
  • Walk up the side of the hill, not the middle.
  • Keep your hands, arms and legs inside the sled to prevent injury.
  • Alert (shout) if you observe another slider headed for danger.
  • Keep a safe distance (15m) from the sled ahead of you.
  • Do not leave sleds or other obstacles on the hill.
  • Construction of snow jumps and other obstacles is not permitted.

In the event that dangerous conditions exist, call 311 to report them to the City of Ottawa’s 24-hour Call Centre 311.

Call 911 if emergency assistance is required.

Sledding is a high risk activity. Sled at your own risk.

The City of Ottawa does not accept responsibility for related risks or injuries. 

The interactive map and table below display City of Ottawa sledding hill locations. The number of sledding hills listed in the table will expand or contract as you zoom in, zoom out or pan the map view. You can also navigate to an area of interest by searching for a park name, address, intersection, street segment or city facility in the “Find address or place” search box. Clicking on a sledding hill will display more information about that location.

Sledding hill information is also available for download in the City’s Open Data Catalogue.

Basketball courts

Whether you want to enjoy a pickup game with friends or want to practice your lay-up, Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services provides seasonal basketball courts throughout the City.

Outdoor Basketball Court Locations

The interactive map and table below display City of Ottawa outdoor basketball court locations. The number of courts listed in the table will expand or contract as you zoom in, zoom out or pan the map view. You can also navigate to an area of interest by searching for a park name, address, intersection, street segment or city facility in the “Find address or place” search box. Clicking on a basketball court will display more information about that location.

Basketball court information is also available for download in the City’s Open Data Catalogue.

Sportsfield and ball diamonds

How to rent a sportsfield or ball diamond

The City owns and operates approximately 650 fields including ball diamonds, cricket, soccer, football and ultimate fields. Each year more than 270 organizations rent or use City of Ottawa sports fields.

To check availability of sportsfield and ball diamonds, please contact our office directly.  Bookings are based on first come first serve.

  1. Complete the Sportsfield and Ball Diamond application form
  2. Please provide alternative locations as your preferred site may not be available or suitable for your proposed event.  Please clearly indicate if they are your second or third choice.
  3. Send the completed application form to Centralized Allocations at sports@ottawa.ca.  Please ensure that all fields have been filled out correctly before submitting.
  4. Once the completed application has been received by one of our staff, we will review all aspects and if required, request more information regarding your event.  This process varies in length of time.
  5. A tentative contract along with information on how to make payment will be sent to you via e-mail.  You will review, sign and return one copy to us at sports@ottawa.ca
  6. The contract will only be valid once we have received payment and the signed copy of the contract in our offices prior to the event.
  7. On the day of your event, you are to bring a copy of your contract along with your receipt to avoid any confusion.

Rates

All rates include HST. Rates are hourly.

Facility Category Rental Rate Rental Rate with Lighting Rental Rate Rental Rate with Lighting Rental Rate Rental Rate with Lighting
  Minor Adult Commercial
Neighbourhood Level - 3A, 3B $6 $18.90 $31 $43.95 $32.55 $45.50
Community Level - 2A, 2B $7.20 $20.15 $34.95 $47.90 $36.70 $49.65
City Level - 1A, 1B $8.90 $21.80 $46.15 $59.10 $48.40 $61.40
Premium - Artificial Turf Prime Time $77.65 $103.55

$129.35

$155.30 $139.70 $165.65
Premium - Artificial Turf Non-Prime Time $62.35 NA $62.35 NA

$139.70

NA
Premium – Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park $39.15 $82.90 $115 $158.80 $120.75 $164.55
Premium - Terry Fox - Main, West and North $39.95 $67.50 $117.40 $144.95 $123.20 $150.75
Premium - Terry Fox - Track and Field $55.85 $83.40 $118.50 $146.05 $123.20 $150.75

Rental definitions

Sport field and ball diamond rental definitions
Minor 18 years of age and younger
Adult

19 years of age and older

Commercial

An activity that has the intent of generating a profit. This activity may involve the sale of goods or services or may require a registration fee prior to participation.

Artificial turf prime time

From April 1 to November 15 – weekdays 6 pm to 11pm

Weekends/Statutory holidays 8 am to 11 pm

Artificial turf non-prime time From April 1 to November 15 – weekdays 8am to 6pm 
Facility classification
Neighbourhood level 3A

A neighbourhood field adjacent to a school or other neighbourhood attraction, suitable for use by junior leagues. Amenities consist of a single field that may be of regulation size and may include a parking lot.

3B A single field that may be of regulation size and may or may not have goal posts or outfield fencing, but is suitable for entry-level developmental leagues or for informal practices.
Community level 2A

A field (or a group of fields used simultaneously) that facilitates adult and competitive league play. Amenities can include lighting, bleachers, parking and a field house similar to 1A amenities, but of a more limited capacity.

2B A field of regulation size, used by junior and adult recreational leagues. Amenities can include parking. There may be a washroom, field house, or bleachers at some locations.
City level 1A A showpiece field with associated facilities suitable for international or national level of play. Amenities may include lighting, bleachers, washrooms, field house and parking.
1B A field with support facilities, such as change rooms, used by competitive players from across the City and beyond for matches and tournaments. Amenities may include washrooms, field house, lighting, bleachers, and parking.
Premium level Premium sports field with specialized amenities that are in high demand, such as specialized surfaces  (For example, artificial turf fields, baseball stadium, a track or enclosed compounds). Amenities may include those listed for 1A.

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park

Conveniently located in the heart of Ottawa, the RCGT Park boasts a semi-professional ball field and large 800 space parking lot.  The field and parking lot are available for rent by sports clubs, community organizations, private or commercial groups and individuals from May 1 to October 15.

Stadium highlights include:

  • The field is grass with Mar-Co clay
  • Left field 325 ft (99 m)
  • Centre field 404 ft (123 m)
  • Right field 325 ft (99 m)
  • Alleys 380 ft (120 m)
  • Limited seating capacity
  • Washrooms available on site
  • Wheelchair access available to grass picnic area

How to Find us?

  • Located at 300 Conventry Road, Ottawa ON, K1K 4P5
  • The Stadium can be seem from the Queensway (417)
  • From either direction, exist the 417 at Vanier parkway heading North.  Turn right onto Conventry Road and the Stadium is on your right

Frequently asked questions

How do I search for Sports Fields and Ball Diamond availability and rates?

  • For an availability search please contact 613-580-2595 or send an email to sports@ottawa.ca.
  • Staff is available Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
  • City Wide Allocations is located at:
Ben Franklin Place
101 Centrepointe Drive
1st Floor

How do I book or cancel a Sports Field or Ball Diamond rental?

  1. Contact Centralized Allocations to request a Sports Field & Ball Diamond Application, or print the request for use.
  2. Return your fully completed application to Centralized Allocations via:
    1. Fax: 613-580-2683   
    2. Mail: 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa On, K2G 5K7.
    3. E-mail: sports@ottawa.ca
  3. Once the application is received by the City, staff will contact you regarding your request for rental.

To make any changes to your current contract please contact 613-580-2595 or send an email to sports@ottawa.ca.

What is the cancellation policy?

Clients must provide thirty (30) or more business days notice prior to their rental date to amend or cancel a rental.

Does the City provide equipment i.e. lines, bases and netting?

The contract holder is responsible for providing their own sporting equipment as well as having the field lined.

Do I need insurance?

  • Insurance is required and can be obtained from the City of Ottawa
  • If already insured or if you obtain from a  private company please provide us with proof of insurance and send it by fax to 613-580-2683 or by email at sports@ottawa.ca

Can I barbecue after the game?

  •  The use of gas barbecues is permitted provided they are installed a minimum of a five meters distance from any building structure.
  • Charcoal barbecues are permitted at designated sites only
  • Please contact your facility/park rental representative for additional information

How can I book an Artificial Turf?

Artificial turfs cannot be booked online at this time.  Please call 613-580-2595 or send an email to sports@ottawa.ca for assistance. 

Terms and conditions

Access

  1. Contract holders must have a copy of the rental contract available at all times.
  2. The City reserves the right to close City of Ottawa and School Board owned/operated fields without notice due to emergencies and unforeseen circumstances such as, but not limited to, inclement weather and urgent repairs. In such cases, the City will make every effort to provide the contract holder with 24 hours notice of the closure, however, such notice may not be possible in all circumstances. Affected contract holders will be informed of the closure through various mediums, including the City of Ottawa website, a rainout/closure phone-line (580-2595) and public service announcements.
  3. Access to City owned/operated fields and diamonds is not permitted prior to May 1 for baseball diamonds, and May 15 for sportsfields and softball diamonds. Access to the Terry Fox facility is not permitted prior to the second week in June.
  4. The City shall not be held liable for losses or any other damages that may be suffered by contract holders, their members or participants, resulting from the failure to supply game/practice time due to unforeseen circumstances such as, but not limited to, inclement weather, urgent repairs or maintenance to the fields and ball diamonds.
  5. Contract holders must vacate the premises and return them to their original condition at the end of the rental period.
  6. If applicable, all lights on playing fields and diamonds must be turned off by 11:00 p.m. at the latest.
  7. If applicable, dressing rooms must be vacated within 25 minutes of the end of the rental period specified in the rental contract.
  8. The consumption, sale or distribution of alcoholic beverages is prohibited at City of Ottawa premises, unless authorized by the City of Ottawa, and unless the appropriate permits have been obtained.
  9. The City reserves the right to designate City staff to attend any function to ensure that all regulations are being observed and respected.

Cancellations/Changes to contract

  1. The City shall have the right to cancel the rental contract immediately without notice if the contract holder, or any person(s) using the facility with the consent of the contract holder, fails to use low-flight balls or is found to be using any high performance bat (for example: titanium, double walled or water filled) as noted on the contract for specific sites.
  2. The contract holder agrees that sportsfield/ball diamond user time is not to be exchanged between organizations without prior authorization from the City’s Allocation Staff.
  3. Changes to contracts can only be considered subject to availability of hours.

Safety and insurance

  1. All contract holders using City of Ottawa premises should be equipped with proper First Aid supplies and have a person certified in First Aid on-site at all times.
  2. The City of Ottawa recommends that all necessary protective equipment be worn for the appropriate sports.
  3. Refer to Clause #27 of the Ottawa Rental Contract General Terms and Conditions for insurance requirements.
  4. For the information of contract holders, the City of Ottawa also administers an affordable third party liability insurance program that you can purchase directly from your city/community partner representative.)

Risk management and incident reporting

  1. As a proactive risk management practice, contract holders are encouraged to ask their participants to complete the Consent, Assumption of Risk & Indemnity Form, attached as Annex A. Completed Consent, Assumption of Risk & Indemnity Forms should be maintained for two (2) additional years after the game program has ended.
  2. Contract holders are required to immediately report injury and property damage incidents to the designated facility/park rental representative within 24 hours. Contract holders are required to adhere to the procedures identified in the Quick Guide Claim and Incident Reporting “Do’s and Don’ts Hints”, attached as Annex ‘B’.
  3. Contract holders are responsible for line painting on the field and are encouraged to ensure the contracted firm providing the line painting service maintains and provides evidence to the contract holder of their Commercial General Liability insurance coverage to a minimum limit of $1,000,000 per occurrence for bodily injury, death and damage to property, endorsed to add the contract holder and the City of Ottawa as additional insured. The City reserves the right to request a copy of such evidence of insurance coverage.

User maintenance

  1. Contract holders are responsible for infield maintenance after each game and practice (mound and home plate).
  2. It is the responsibility of the contract holder to ensure all garbage is disposed of in accordance with recycling practices and the direction of the Facility Manager.
  3. It is also the responsibility of the contract holder to ensure sportsfield and ball diamond lights are shutdown at the end of each booking. Failure to comply will result in the levy of additional lighting charges to the permit.

Parking restrictions

  1. Parking is not permitted on City of Ottawa parks, diamonds or fields. Parking at School Board facilities is restricted to designated areas only. Disregard for parking restrictions can result in cancellation of the rental contract(s).

Rainout or inclement weather

  1. If the City decides to close fields and diamonds during heavy rainfall or inclement weather, the contract holder agrees not to play on the affected fields and diamonds.
  2. Rain dates must be booked and paid for in advance.
  3. Additional charges for damages could be levied on groups who disregard City closure notices and continue to use fields, as indicated in Clause 9 of the Ottawa Rental Contract General Terms and Conditions.

Damage to sportsfields and ball diamonds

  1. The contract holder agrees not to play on damaged or closed sportsfields or ball diamonds.
  2. The contract holder agrees not to knowingly cause damage to sportsfields or ball diamonds. Refer to Clause 23   in the Ottawa Rental Contract General Terms and Conditions.
  3. If damage occurs to the premises as a result of the rental contract, the contract holder may be held      accountable for all repair costs and may also have booking privileges revoked. Refer to Clause 25 in the   Specific Terms and Conditions.
  4. Cases of extended shutdown will affect league play for the season and may cause the cancellation of future games. This will have an impact on the City’s Allocation Staff’s ability to provide an alternative location for rescheduling of play. The City will make every effort to best accommodate contract holders, but cannot guarantee the rescheduling of play.

Equipment installation

  1. Installation of equipment and conduct of activities including but not limited to tents, motorized vehicles, portable toilets are not permitted unless prior authorization is received from the City of Ottawa.

Use of barbecues

  1. The use of gas barbecues is permitted provided they are installed a minimum of a five meters distance from any building structure.  Charcoal barbecues are permitted at designated sites only.  Please contact your facility/park rental representative for additional information.

Communication

  1. The contract holder shall be responsible for making its members, users and participants aware of these terms and conditions and for making a copy of these terms and conditions available for inspection by its members, users and participants, if requested.

Non-compliance with the terms and conditions of this contract could result in the immediate suspension of the contract(s) or a written warning. A second incidence of non-compliance will result in the cancellation of the contract.

Note: These terms and conditions are reviewed annually. 

Tennis courts

Take advantage of the City of Ottawa's municipal tennis courts.

The City offers instructional tennis programs for children and adults.

Tennis Courts locations

The interactive map and table below display tennis court locations. The number of tennis courts listed in the table will expand or contract as you zoom in, zoom out or pan the map view. You can also navigate to an area of interest by searching for a park name, address, intersection, street segment or city facility in the “Find address or place” search box. Clicking on a tennis court will display more information about that location.

Tennis court information is also available for download in the City’s Open Data Catalogue.

Wading pools

Junior park mentorship program

Are you between the ages of 10 and 15? Get involved with your neighbourhood wading pool this summer!

The City of Ottawa is looking for youths to assist staff at wading pools citywide. The Junior Park Mentorship Program (JPMP) offers exciting opportunities for youth to develop leadership abilities and gain hands-on experience that can help gain future employment.

Participants in the program will be awarded a certificate of participation pending satisfactory participation at the end of the summer as well as a t-shirt for all of their efforts.

The Junior Park Mentorship Program is offered at most City of Ottawa Wading Pools. Please consult wading pools listing to identify the closest to you.

List of tasks required to obtain a junior park programmer certificate:

  • Opening or closing procedures: Include assisting with raking the sand, setting up and taking down guarding stations, bringing out programming equipment, garbage pickup and sweeping the deck.
  • Special event help: Help prepare for the special event day and assist on the day of the event with activities such as programming, encouraging participation and cleaning.
  • Follow park rules: Abide by park rules and help others learn by example.
  • Chlorine test: Assist staff in performing bi-hourly chlorine and pH tests.
  • Programming: Assist in leading, preparing or planning park activities.
  • In-Service, Guard Comp and First Aid: Assist by participating as a victim at guard comp and in-services and skill of the week. Learn basic first aid skills.
  • Water play: Assist City staff in planning, promoting, and implementing this introductory water safety activity.
  • Tasks assigned by park staff: Assist with other tasks assigned by the Park Supervisor.

Please note junior park programmers may not:

  • SUPERVISE any patron or area of the pool alone or with City staff
  • Handle chlorine or any other chemicals
  • Wear City of Ottawa staff uniform (hat, t-shirt, or whistle)
  • Respond to public inquiries or enforce City of Ottawa policies and/or procedures
  • Perform duties that put them or anyone else in danger including park emergencies or first aid duties

To become a Junior Park Programmer please complete an application form by visiting your neighborhood wading pool, or e-mail or call the Seasonal Recreation Office at 613-580-2590.

Seasonal Recreation Programs Park and Wading Pool Program
100 Constellation Cr.
Ottawa, Ontario
K2G 6J8
  • Mail code: 26-52
  • Telephone: 613-580-2590
  • Fax: 613-580-2591

Special events

Join us for summer fun at one of our 54 wading pools across the City!

All special events feature arts and crafts, games, prizes, and lots of time to stay cool in the pool!

Safety and admission requirements

Height requirement

Child must be taller than 45 inches (115cm)  

Swim test

Child must recover from front & back float independently and cross the deepest part of the pool unassisted

Please note

  • All Children 5 years of age and under, regardless of swimming ability, must be directly supervised (within arm’s reach) by a responsible person 14 years of age or older and wear a wristband.
  • Children 6 to 9 years of age who do not meet the height requirement or who cannot pass the site swim test must be directly supervised (close proximity and able to render assistance) by a responsible person 14 years of age or older and wear a wristband.
  • Each ratio indicates the maximum number of children that one responsible person would be able to supervise.

For example:

Children 5 years of age and under: maximum 2 children per responsible person 14 years of age and older. The person responsible in the

water must be within arm’s reach. This person may not have any additional children under their care unless the other children are at least 6 years of age and are able to pass the site swim test or meet the height requirement.

Wading pool admittance - General public
Age (years) Information Admission requirements Adult : Child Ratio
5 and under Parents must be within arms reach at all times

Always accompanied within arms reach

with Wristband(parent/guardian 14+)

1 : 4
6 to 9

Does not meet height requirement & Did not pass the swim test

Always accompanied within arms reach

with Wristband(parent/guardian 14+)

1 : 4
6 to 9

Meets height requirement, or Passes swim test

Active supervision at Park required*

(responsible 14+)
1 : 10*
10+ Height requirement & swim test is not required

No supervision is required

NA
Wading pool admittance - Camp ratios
Age (years) Information Admission requirements Staff : Child ratio
5 and under Staff must be within arms reach at all times

Always accompanied

with Wristband

within arms reach

1 : 4
6 to 9

Does not meet height requirement, or

Did not pass the wading pool swim test

Always accompanied

with Wristband

within arms reach
1 : 4
6 to 9

Meets height requirement, or

Passes swim test
Always accompanied 1: 10
10+ Meets height requirement or Passes swim test Always accompanied 1 : 15

Considerations:

High risk participants must be a ratio of 1:1. High risk participants are defined as those who have a condition or illness that may put them at risk in an aquatic environment (e.g. – frequent seizures, fainting conditions, etc) and those who are unable to control behaviour or impulses and require direct supervision.

Park ratios – General public
Age (years) Admission requirements 12 year old : Child ratio Staff : Child ratio
0 to 4 Actively supervised 1 : 4 1 : 4
5 to 9 Actively supervised 1 : 10 1 : 10
10+ Camps require active supervision NA 1 : 15

Pool safety rules

For the safety of all participants, we request the following rules be observed:

  • Children under 45 inches must demonstrate swimming ability or be accompanied by a person 14 years or older, who is supervising within arms reach of the child, in order to enter the pool area.
  • Leave the water immediately upon hearing a long whistle blast
  • Walk on deck area
  • Jumping or diving in the pool is not permitted
  • Patrons are responsible for all personal items
  • Persons with a communicable disease or open sores are not permitted in the wading pool
  • Pets are not allowed in the area of the wading pool and play structures
  • Plastic diaper covers must be worn over diapers in the pool to prevent fouling of the pool.
  • No glass containers, food or beverages are allowed in or around the pool.
  • Patrons using this facility do so at their own risk. Please follow directions from wading pool staff.
  • Park staff are on duty to ensure the overall safety of all patrons at the wading pool and park. Park staff are not able to provide the individual care and attention that is required for young children who need constant supervision.
  • Therefore, children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult, parent, guardian or babysitter while attending the park or wading pool.

Water safety tips for rivers, lakes, and dams

Summer by the water is fun but we must be aware of the dangers. Visit our Preventing Drowning Information.

Please play safe!

Wading pool locations

The interactive map and table below display City of Ottawa wading pool locations. The number of wading pools listed in the table will expand or contract as you zoom in, zoom out or pan the map view. You can also navigate to an area of interest by searching for a park name, address, intersection, street segment or city facility in the “Find address or place” search box. Clicking on a wading pool will display more information about that location.

Wading pool information is also available for download in the City’s Open Data Catalogue.

Skateboarding parks

The Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services provides both permanent and seasonal skateboard parks across the city as well as offering instructional programs and summer camps for beginner to intermediate riders.

Location

Telephone

Address

Facility

Description

Bearbrook Community Centre / Leslie Armstrong Park

 

8720 Russell
map/directions

Neighbourhood : smaller size facility to service population of 10,000 or less

  • flat asphalt
  • 5 components

Ben Franklin Place /
Legacy Skatepark

Centrepointe behind Theatre District
map/directions

District: larger facility to service population of 100,000 plus

  • large concrete bowl
  • many street and vertical components
  • 17,000 sq ft

Blackburn Park

613-824-0819

190 Glen Park
map/directions

Neighbourhood : smaller size facility to service population of 10,000 or less

  • flat asphalt surface
  • 5 components

Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex - Orléans

SK8 Extreme Park

613-824-0819

ext. 279

1490 Youville
map/directions

Community: mid size facility to service population of 40,000 plus

  • flat asphalt surface
  • 10 components
  • City run learn to skateboard programs
  • City run skateboard camps in summer

Bridlewood Core Park

613-271-0712
ext. 225

65 Stonehaven
map/directions

Neighbourhood : smaller size facility to service population of 10,000 or less

  • flat asphalt surface
  • 5 components

Constance Bay Community Ctr. Park

613-832-1050

262 Len Purcell
map/directions

Neighbourhood : smaller size facility to service population of 10,000 or less

  • flat asphalt surface
  • 5 components

Goulbourn Recreation Complex

613-580-2532

1500 Shea Road

map/directions

 
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Greenboro Skatepark

613-247-4894

3142 Conroy
map/directions

Neighbourhood : smaller size facility to service population of 10,000 or less

  • flat asphalt surface
  • 5 components

Lansdowne Park

 

450 Queen Elizabeth
map/directions

A series of skateboard ramps ideally suited to beginners.

  • flat surface

Manotick Arena / Centennial park

613-580-2424
ext. 30235

5572 Doctor Leach
map/directions

Community: mid size facility to service population of 40,000 plus

  • flat surface
  • 8 components

McNabb Park / Charlie Bowins Skateboard Park

(McNabb Arena - Indoor Skateboard Park permanently closed)

613-564-1070

435 Bronson 
map/directions

District: larger facility to service population of 100,000 plus

  • flat concrete surface
  • 10 plus components (large half pipe)
  • City run learn to skateboard programs
  • City run skateboard camps in summer

Richcraft Recreation Complex - Kanata / Innovation Skateboard Park

613-580-9696

4101 Innovation

District: larger facility to service population of 100,000 plus

  • large concrete bowl
  • 10 plus components
  • many street and vertical components

Splash Wave Pool /
Trillium Park

613-748-4222

2030 Ogilvie
map/directions

Neighbourhood : smaller size facility to service population of 10,000 or less

  • flat asphalt surface
  • 5 components

Trillium Park BMX Track

613-748-4222

2030 Ogilvie
map/directions

Neighbourhood : smaller size facility to service population of 10,000 or less

  • BMX dirt track

Walter Baker Park / Kanata

613-580-2424
ext. 33501

100 Walter Baker
map/directions

Community : mid size facility to service population of 40,000 plus

  • concrete bowl
  • 7000 sq ft.