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Parks and green space

Enhanced measures in place at City parks

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

Update: July 16

The Province of Ontario has allowed all City outdoor recreation amenities to reopen with restrictions. Outdoor social gatherings are restricted to 100 people – including members of another household.

There are no longer any restrictions on team sports, scrimmages, games, practices and/or tournaments. Full contact sports such as football and rugby may now be practiced.

Boat launches and seasonal docks in parks are now open. People are reminded launching watercrafts, such as boats, canoes and kayaks, from beaches is never permitted.

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. When restrictions are lifted and the City resumes issuing permits, follow these steps to plan your event:

  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)

The 53 wading pools across the city are now 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 now closed.

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.