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Parks and green space

Physical distancing measures are in place at City parks

Visit the City News section for up to date information on service resumption.

Wearing masks in City parks

Ottawa Public Health strongly recommends people wear masks in the park. Though it may be necessary to remove masks for some vigorous activities, you are encouraged to keep your mask on as much as possible. The COVID-19 variants-of-concern, which are prominent in the community, are much more contagious and transmissible – even outdoors. Masks protect residents from the spread and will help turnaround the current surge of the virus.

Social gathering restrictions limit no more than five outdoors

Whether you are in a park, a public space, or your back or front yard, the social gathering limit is no more than five people. The social gathering limit does not apply with respect to a gathering of members of a single household, or with one other person from outside that household who lives alone. And when you’re with others from outside your household, be sure to remain vigilant in practising physical distancing.

Sports fields and ball diamonds

Sports fields and ball diamonds will remain closed until current restrictions are eased to allow sports activities. Permits for synthetic turf fields are also suspended until further notice. The current provincial regulations do not allow team or group recreation, sports play, scrimmage or training.

Tennis court activities

The nets on City-owned tennis courts will be installed starting in mid-April and be completed by early May. Until nets are installed, courts can be used for informal non-team sports including singles tennis and pickleball. The activity must adhere to physical distancing. It is highly recommended that masks be worn when playing and waiting to go on the court and social gathering restrictions apply. It’s strongly recommended to play with people from your same household.

Basketball courts

No scrimmage or team play is permitted, and social gathering restrictions apply. People can shoot hoops and some one-on-one is permitted – preferably with members of your household. Maintain physical distancing on and off the court. Wear a mask as much as possible on and off the courts.

Casual sports play – tossing a ball or hitting pop-flies

Like basketball, no team play or scrimmages are permitted in the park and outdoor social gathering rules apply. However, you can take part in some casual activities, like pop-flies or play catch while maintaining physical distancing. Again, it’s preferred to stick with members of your household for these activities. Wear a mask as much as possible.

Skate parks

Skate parks are popular with so many young people in our city. Here are some important key safety tips:

  • Wear a mask when waiting for your turn, watching fellow skaters and as much as possible when using the facility.
  • Maintain physical distancing between yourself and others outside of your immediate household.
  • Leave the park if it’s too crowded and come back at a less crowded time.

Play structures and playground equipment

Play structures, swings, slides and other playground amenities are open. The social gathering limit of no more than five people applies and children and parents are strongly encouraged to wear masks around the play structure.

The social gathering limit does not apply with respect to a gathering of members of a single household, or with one other person from outside that household who lives alone. Ensure your children avoid touching their faces and ensure their hands are washed with soap and water or hand sanitizer while you’re at the park and when you get home. Help your children to maintain physical distancing from people outside your household.

Community gardens

A community garden is a shared space where people in a neighbourhood work together to improve the space and grow food. The City of Ottawa and the Community Gardening Network of Just Food Ottawa work together to manage and develop community gardens within the city of Ottawa.

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Parks

The City operates and maintains roughly 4,300 hectares of parkland at over 1,300 sites, including 2,000 play structure components.

Parks are open daily from 6 am to 11 pm, unless otherwise posted. People in a park while it is closed may be subject to a fine.

Popular City parks

Park amenities

Washrooms

Most parks do not have full washroom facilities. Some parks have portable toilets or washrooms in field houses that can be rented or accessed with keys.

Parking

Not all parks have parking lots. Some charge an hourly fee for parking. If you choose to park on the street, obey all street signs.

Barbeques

Without a permit, you can only barbeque in designated areas. A designated area has a free standing barbeque pit.

To bring your own propane barbeque to use in a non-designated area, you must obtain a park permit by calling 613-580-2595 or emailing sports@ottawa.ca. Barbeques must be kept at least five meters away from any structures.

Park locations

The interactive map and table below display the locations of the City's parks. 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 navigate to an area of interest by searching for a park name, address, intersection or City facility in the “Find address or place” search box. Click on a park for more information about that location. Park information is also available in the City’s Open Data Catalogue.

Rent a park

You need a permit to hold an organized activity or event at a City park. Events include community picnics, fundraisers, sporting events, weddings, birthdays and special events. Currently under Grey-zone restrictions, park rentals are permitted to a maximum of five people or one household. 

  1. Complete the park rental application form [ PDF - 78.7 ].
    1. Please provide alternate locations, as your preferred park may not be available or suitable for your proposed event. Clearly indicate which locations are your second or third choice.
  2. Send the completed application form by fax to 613-580-2683 or by email to sports@ottawa.ca
  3. We may request more information about your event. This process varies in length of time.
  4. We will email a contract and payment information. Review, sign and return the contract to sports@ottawa.ca. The contract will be valid once we receive payment and a signed copy of the contract.
  5. On the day of your event, bring a copy of your contract and your receipt.

Please note: If your event will have 500 or more participants, please contact eventcentral@ottawa.ca.

Park rental fees 2021

Parks are open for daily bookings from 7 am to 11 pm. All rental fees include HST.

Category Duration Rate
Not-for-profit or private (100 people or less) Half day (under four hours) $30.70
Not-for-profit or private (100 people or less) Full day (over four hours to 16 hours) $61.40
Not-for-profit or private (101 to 200 people) Full day

$122.65

Not-for-profit or private (201 people or more) Full day $245.15
Commercial Full day

$489.90

Bootcamp or fitness class

Hourly

$36.40

Types of activities

  • Not-for-profit: 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: 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: An activity that intends to generate a profit. This could involve selling goods or services or requiring a registration fee.

Cancellations

  • To amend or cancel a park rental, you must provide notify us 10 business days in advance.
  • No cash refunds. Only credits on account will be provided.
  • No refund is provided if the cancellation or amendment is made less than 10 business days in advance.

Frequently asked questions about park rentals

What if someone is on my rented site?

General or non-designated park permits do not give you exclusive use of a park. If you have a permit for a defined space (such as an outdoor shelter), you have exclusive use of that area.

Bring a copy of your rental permit with you on the day of the event and show it to the other group. If this does not resolve the conflict, call 3-1-1 to request a by-law officer.

May I bring alcohol to the park?

Alcohol is permitted if you obtain a Special Occasion Permit at your own expense and get approval from Centralized Allocations. Please review these rules and regulations about alcohol in City of Ottawa facilities. 

May I set up inflatable amusements?

Staff will review each request. Proof of insurance is required for all bouncy castles in City parks.

May I set up a tent for shelter?

Small (up to 10 feet by 10 feet) tents are permitted as long as they are not pegged into the ground. 

May I play music?

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.

Wading pools (summer only)

Bring the kids to a neighbourhood wading pool to cool off and play. The 53 wading pools across the city are closed for the season.

Fees

There is no cost to swim at a City of Ottawa wading pool.

Location

This interactive map shows you the locations of Ottawa's wading pools, along with their dates and hours of operation. Wading pools marked in light blue are accessible.

Splash pads (summer only)

Splash pads are closed for the season.

For more information please email seasonalrecreation@ottawa.ca.

This interactive map shows you the locations of Ottawa’s splash pads. Splash pads marked in light blue are accessible.

Dog parks

Parks can provide a pleasant and safe environment in which to exercise dogs. Safety for other park users is also a consideration however. The Animal Care and Control By-law provides for a variety of park usages or "designations" for dogs (below) and there is a Dogs-in-Parks Designation Policy (DIPDP) that applies.

Enclosed off-leash dog areas in City parks are open. 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.

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Request city park maintenance

Please call 3-1-1 if the issue is related to the following:

  • An immediate hazard to people or property
  • Personal accessibility

Requests submitted through this online form are reviewed Monday through Friday during regular business hours (7 am to 3:30 pm).

Select the feature or structure that requires maintenance:

Ball diamond field

Garbage can in City park

Shrub or bush in City park

Trail in City park

Grass in City park

Grass is maintained according to Council-approved maintenance standards. The use of pesticides for aesthetic weed control (including dandelions) is prohibited by the Ontario Pesticides Act.

Parks in consultation and development

The City of Ottawa wants input from you on the design of new parks! Find all new park projects on our Public Engagement Project search tool and provide comments on designs currently being reviewed.