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Parks

July 28, 2022: The following park structures or play areas are temporarily closed for safety purposes:

  • Pine Glen Park

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 5 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.

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.

Please 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 2022

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

Park rental fees
  Duration Rate
Not-for-profit or private (100 people or less) Half day (under four hours) $31.35
Not-for-profit or private (100 people or less) Full day (over four hours to 16 hours) $62.65
Not-for-profit or private (101 to 200 people) Full day $125.15
Not-for-profit or private (201 people or more) Full day $250.10
Commercial Full day $499.70
Bootcamp or fitness class Hourly $37.15

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.

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.

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.

Splash pads (summer only)

Splash pads (summer only)

The City of Ottawa Splash Pads will be in operation from May 21 until September 15 (weather dependent). Splash pad sites are unsupervised.

The following splash pads require repairs which will result in a delayed opening:

  • Cyrville Park
  • Kaladar Park
  • Lawson Park
  • Walter Baker Park
  • White Rock Park
  • Whitehaven Park