The City is implementing the Province’s stage one reopenings that relate to park amenities.
In response to last week’s Provincial announcement, outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields are open, including:
- Baseball diamonds
- Soccer fields
- Frisbee golf locations
- Platform tennis
- Table tennis and pickleball courts
- Basketball courts
- BMX parks
- Skate parks
In addition, off-leash dog areas, benches, picnic areas and shelters are also open. In all cases, physical distancing of at least two metres is required.
City crews will begin installing tennis nets and unlocking off leash dog areas immediately and the work will be completed over the next few weeks. Sports fields are available for casual use only, respecting physical distancing measures and groups of no more than five people. The rental of fields for competitive sports will not resume until Provincial Orders allow for competitive play.
Provincial orders remain in effect prohibiting the use of:
- Play structures,
- Splash pads
- Wading pools
- Exercise equipment
During the first stage of reopenings, Emergency Provincial Orders remain in place prohibiting gatherings of more than five people outside of your current household. This applies to all public use of opened outdoor park facilities. To allow for physical distancing and to limit the spread of COVID-19 when using outdoor sport amenities, maintain a two-meter distance from others, avoid picking up someone else’s sports equipment, wash your hands regularly and avoid touching your face.
Benches, picnic tables and gazebos
Restrictions on benches, picnic tables and gazebos have also been relaxed under the Provincial stage-one reopening framework. Benches and tables are not cleaned frequently. Please wash your hands after using them, and be sure not to touch your face.
Enclosed off-leash dog parks
Enclosed off-leash dog areas in City parks are now reopened. Please remember that the gates at off-leash dog parks are high touch-points that are not cleaned. Please wash your hands before entering and after exiting a dog park, and avoid touching your face.
You can also walk your dog in a park’s greenspace, as long as you follow the park’s designation.
Residents can check the map on ottawa.ca to see the dog walking designation in their neighbourhood park.
You can also check the National Capital Commission’s website for updates to parks that they oversee, such as Bruce Pit and Conroy Pit.
- Like the green spaces in City parks, visitors can sit or walk on City-owned beaches. Please remember, beaches located in provincial parks remain closed under Ontario’s Emergency Orders.
Park Ambassador program
Parks Ambassadors are trained City staff who can provide guidance for residents who are using some of Ottawa’s busiest parks. They will provide information, answer questions and clarify any confusion about what’s permitted in City parks. Of course, all while maintaining a safe two-metre distance from others.
You may see Park Ambassadors working in pairs, wearing green City of Ottawa t-shirts and red jackets on cold days. They will not be giving out tickets, but are available to educate and inform park users about how to use the parks, and how to get more information about recreation, social and mental health resources in Ottawa.
- Boat launches at City parks will open on Saturday, May 16, as permitted in the Province of Ontario stage-one reopening.
- It’s important to note that even in normal times, it is never permitted to launch watercraft from beaches. The Parks and Facilities By-law prohibits watercraft from being launched in areas that are not specifically designated for launching watercraft.