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Archived - Residents are reminded all park amenities and equipment remain closed

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April 2, 2020
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Even though the warm spring weather may inspire residents to hit the outdoors, everyone is reminded that all City parks amenities and equipment remain closed – to support physical distancing measures and help plank the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

The amenities and spaces that are closed include:

  • Public sports fields – including those located at recreation facilities
  • Ball diamonds
  • Basketball and tennis courts
  • Skateboard parks
  • Off-leash dog enclosures

These types of spaces and amenities encourage group gatherings and usage.

Park and play equipment are also closed, as they attract multiple users. More importantly, the surfaces are not cleaned and could potentially spread the COVID-19 virus. The prohibited equipment include:

  • Play structures
  • Swings
  • Slides
  • Climbers
  • Adult fitness stations
  • Benches and picnic tables

Walking through a park is permitted – maintain physical distancing

While the parks are closed, you are able to walk through them. Safe park practices that are permitted include running, walking or jogging through the park, while keeping a two-metre distance from others. You can also walk your dog through the park where this is allowed, while respecting the established leashing requirements for the site.

Remember: if you are not feeling well, experiencing any symptoms associated with COVID-19, have recently returned from out of the country, or have been in contact with a person with the virus, please self-isolate and stay at home. We can unite to stop the spread and save lives by staying apart.

For up-to-date information on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa, visit or call 3-1-1 (TTY: 613-580-9656). You can also connect with us through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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