The City has reopened parks, pools, splash pads, sports fields and ball diamonds as part of its phased-approach to re-opening. There are safety measures in place to limit the spread of COVID-19.
Effective July 15, 2020, masks are required to be worn in enclosed public spaces at City of Ottawa facilities as per the Temporary Mandatory Mask By-law.
Sportsfields, ball diamonds and outdoor public courts are available to book. Team sports can now resume competitive play provided participants adhere to physical distancing guidelines, avoid prolonged and deliberate physical contact, provide proof of valid liability insurance, and follow the guidelines of their governing organizations
Off-leash dog areas, benches, picnic areas, play structures, swings, slides, exercise equipment and shelters are also open.
Play structures are not cleaned frequently and care should be taken to practice good hygiene including washing or disinfecting your hands before and after coming into contact with high touch-point areas. Avoid picking up someone else’s sports equipment and avoid touching your face. In all cases, physical distancing of at least two metres is required.
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.