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.
- Complete the park application form.
- 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.
- Send the completed application form to Centralized Allocations at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ensure that all fields have been filled out correctly before submitting.
- 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.
- 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 email@example.com.
- 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.
- On the day of your event, you are to bring a copy of your contract along with your receipt to avoid any confusion.
All rates include HST.
Parks are open for daily bookings from 7 am to 11 pm.
|Not for Profit or Private (Under 100 people)
||Half day (4 hours or less)
|Not for Profit or Private (Under 100 people)
||Full day (5 to 16 hours)
|Not for Profit or Private (101 - 200 people)
|Not for Profit or Private (201 people and up)
Hourly Bootcamp or Fitness
|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.
||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.
||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.
||A daily booking of four hours or less.
||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?
- Contact Centralized Allocations to request a Park Application, or print the request for use.
- Return your fully completed application to Centralized Allocations via:
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Fax: 613-580-2683
- Mail: 101 Centrepointe Drive, Ottawa ON, K2G 5K7.
- 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
- Sporting events
- 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
- 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
- Contract holders must have a copy of the City of Ottawa rental contract available at all times.
- Activities must not interfere with public use of park areas not included or specified on the contract.
- Contract holders must vacate the premises and return them to their original condition at the end of the rental period.
- 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.
- 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
- Changes to contracts can only be considered subject to availability of dates, days and hours.
- 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.
- Refer to Clause #27 of the Ottawa Rental Contract General Terms and Conditions for insurance requirements.
- 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
- 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’.
- 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 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- Obtain written approval from City of Ottawa staff.
- Provide the contact information of the Electrical Contractor hired and provide proof of ECRA certification.
- Provide copies of all ESA inspection reports.
- The City of Ottawa
- reserves the right to attend ESA inspections taking place on any City of Ottawa land.
- reserves the right to deny access to any electrical resources.
- 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.
- will charge the contract holder for any service related repairs, including but not limited to vandalism, tripped breakers, etc.
- 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.