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Sports fields and outdoor recreation

City permits limited use of spaces in City parks. Use of playground equipment and park amenities remains prohibited

Stage 2 of the Provincial government’s reopening framework now permits the reopening of water recreational facilities, sports fields and ball diamonds where physical distancing measures are in place. The City of Ottawa is in the process of implementing the required public health and safety measures to reopen sports fields, ball diamonds and splash pads.

Sportsfields and ball diamonds are open as of June 13 and, along with outdoor public courts, will be available to book for groups of 10 or less. Bookings are for training and practice only at this time and will be conditional on groups following established health and safety protocols, including guidelines established by their sport’s governing body, physical distancing guidelines, and providing proof of valid liability insurance. Competitive play and any activity that is likely to result in individuals coming within 2 metres of each other is not be allowed.

Outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields are open, including:

  • Baseball diamonds
  • Soccer fields
  • Frisbee golf locations
  • Tennis
  • Platform tennis
  • Table tennis and pickleball courts
  • Basketball courts
  • BMX parks
  • Skate parks

Off-leash dog areas, benches, picnic areas and shelters are also open. In all cases, physical distancing of at least two metres is required.

Provincial orders remain in effect prohibiting the use of:

  • Play structures,
  • Swings
  • Slides
  • Exercise equipment

During the second stage of reopenings, Emergency Provincial Orders remain in place prohibiting gatherings of more than 10 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-metre 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 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 to see the dog walking designation in their neighbourhood park.

You can also check with the National Capital Commission for updates to parks that they oversee, such as Bruce Pit and Conroy Pit.

Seasonal washrooms open at five popular beach and park destinations

Washrooms are open at Andrew Haydon Park, Britannia Park, Westboro Beach, Mooney’s Bay Beach and Petrie Island Beaches.

The washroom facilities at these locations will undergo extensive weekly cleaning. Ottawa Public Health advises washroom users to be vigilant in their preventative measures and behaviours – keeping two metres from people outside your immediate household while standing in line, washing your hands with soap and water, and using a hand sanitizer. For supplementary protection, wear a cloth mask in case physical distancing may be difficult to achieve.

Effective July 7, 2020, masks are required to be worn in indoor public spaces at City of Ottawa facilities as per the direction of the Medical Officer of Health. For further information on the use of masks in public spaces, including exemptions, please visit Ottawa Public Health’s website.

Water fountains, where available at these parks will also be operational. The fountains will be cleaned twice daily, along with an extensive weekly cleaning.

The hours of park and beach washroom operations are as follows:

  • Britannia Park
    • Monday to Thursday from 10:30 am to 9 pm
    • Friday to Sunday from 10:30 am to 7 pm
  • Andrew Haydon Park
    • Every day from 7 am to 6 pm
  • Westboro Beach
    • Every day from 11:30 am to 7 pm
  • Mooney’s Bay Beach
    • Monday to Thursday from 10:30 am to 9 pm
    • Friday to Sunday from 10:30 am to 7 pm
  • Petrie Island Beaches
    • Monday to Thursday from 10:30 am to 9 pm
    • Friday to Sunday from 10:30 am to 7 pm

Beaches

  • 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.

The City plans to begin water quality testing and to have lifeguards on duty at municipal beaches daily from noon to 7 pm starting June 27 until August 30, 2020. Please check back here for current information on beaches reopening, and Ottawa Public Health’s website for water quality testing results.

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

  • Boat launches at City parks opened 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.

Sports fields and ball diamonds

Notice

Stage 2 of the Provincial government’s reopening framework permits the reopening of sports fields and ball diamonds where physical distancing measures are in place. The City of Ottawa is in the process of implementing the required public health and safety measures to reopen sports fields and ball diamonds.

About

The City owns and operates approximately 650 sports fields, including ball diamonds, cricket, soccer, football and ultimate fields. Each year, more than 270 organizations use the City’s sports fields.

Sports fields are open every year from May 15 to October 31. Ball diamonds are open every year from May 1 to October 15.

Rent a sports field or ball diamond

Sportsfields and ball diamonds, along with outdoor public courts, are available to book for up to two groups of 10. Groups are not interchangeable and must maintain physical distancing of two metres at all times. Bookings are for training and practice only at this time and will be conditional on groups following established health and safety protocols, including guidelines established by their sport’s governing body, physical distancing guidelines, and providing proof of valid liability insurance. Competitive play and any activity that is likely to result in individuals coming within 2 metres of each other is not be allowed.

Booking conditions

  1. The following individuals are not permitted to participate in the rental:
    1. Anyone who is sick or has any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, headache
    2. Anyone who has recently returned from traveling outside of Canada, in the past 14 days
    3. Anyone who has knowingly been exposed to or been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, in the past 14 day
  2. The team’s governing body/league has established a health and safety protocol for the use of training facilities and the protocol has been provided and reviewed by Centralized Allocations.
  3. The maximum number of people/participants permitted on the field/facility at any time is 10.
  4. A valid $2 Million Liability Insurance Certificate naming the City as an additional insured is required.
  5. Outdoor team sports may resume, if physically distanced, for training only and with no scrimmages or games.
  6. Any person who enters or uses the facility/field must maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres from any other person who is using the field/facility.
  7. Any activity that is likely to result in individuals coming within 2 metres of others is not permitted.
  8. Locker rooms, change rooms, showers and clubhouses remain closed and no access will be permitted. If washrooms are required, please contact sports@ottawa.ca for information regarding portable toilets.
  9. Attendance must be taken at each date on the contract and for each group accessing the space during the rental period and records must be kept for the purpose of tracing in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.
  10. Players are encouraged to bring their own equipment. Equipment being used during the practice must be for single use only, or should be sanitzed between each use.cbe shared between players. Any shared/team owned equipment must be sanitized between each use.
  11. The City of Ottawa is not responsible for cleaning, sanitizing or disinfecting touch points including benches, nets, bleachers, dugouts, etc. The permit holder must clean, sanitize and disinfect any touches items prior to and after use.
  12. The permit holder is responsible for advising participants that park amenities are not sanitized and to take appropriate measures to avoid infection from high touch surfaces.
  13. 12.All individuals must comply with all current OPH recommendations and directives related to COVID-19.

Bookings are made on a first-come, first-served basis. The City does not provide sporting equipment. You are responsible for providing your own equipment and having the field lined.

  1. Check availability by calling 613-580-2595 or emailing sports@ottawa.ca.
  2. Complete the application form.
  3. Please provide alternative locations as your preferred site may not be available or suitable for your event. Clearly indicate which locations are your second or third choice.
  4. Send the completed application form to sports@ottawa.ca. Please ensure that all fields have been filled out correctly.
  5. We will review the application form and, if needed, request more information regarding your event. This process varies in length of time.
  6. We will email you a contract an information on how to pay. Review, sign and return a copy to sports@ottawa.ca. The contract will be valid once we receive payment and a signed copy of the contract.
  7. On the day of your event, bring a copy of your contract and your receipt.

Please note: You cannot book artificial turf online. Please call 613-580-2595 or email sports@ottawa.ca.

2020 rental rates

Rates are hourly and include HST.

Facility Category Rental Rate Rental rate with lighting Rental rate Rental rate with lighting Rental rate Rental rate with lighting
  Minor Adult Commercial
Neighbourhood level 3A, 3B $6.60 $22 $33.80 $49.20 $35.55 $50.95
Community level 2A, 2B $7.85 $23.25 $38.10 $53.50 $40 $55.40
City level 1A, 1B $9.75 $25.15

$50.25

$65.65 $52.70 $68.10
Premium: Artificial turf prime time $82.85 $113.65

$140.70

$171.50 $152 $182.80
Premium: ​Artificial turf non-prime time $67.85 N/A $67.85 N/A

$152

N/A
Premium: ​Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park $42.65 $94.36 $125.25 $176.96 $131.50 $183.21
Premium: ​Terry Fox Main, West and North $42.65 $70.45 $125.25 $156.05 $131.50 $162.30
Premium: ​Terry Fox Track and Field $59.65 $90.45 $125.25 $156.05 $131.50 $162.30

Rental definitions

  • Minor: 18 years and under
  • Adult: 19 years and older
  • Commercial: An activity that intends to generate a profit. This activity may involve selling goods or services or requiring a registration fee.
  • Artificial turf prime time: From April 1 to November 15, weekdays between 6 pm and 11 pm; on weekends and statutory holidays, from 8 am to 11 pm
  • Artificial turf non-prime time: From April 1 to November 15, weekdays from 8 am to 6 pm
  • Neighbourhood level 3A: A neighbourhood field next to a school or other neighbourhood attraction, suitable for use by junior leagues. Amenities consist of a single field that may be of regulation size and may include a parking lot.
  • Neighbourhood level 3B: A single field that may be of regulation size and may or may not have goal posts or outfield fencing, but is suitable for entry-level developmental leagues or for informal practices.
  • Community level 2A: A field (or group of fields used simultaneously) for adult and competitive league play. Amenities can include lighting, bleachers, parking and a field house.
  • Community level 2B: A field of regulation size for junior and adult recreational leagues. Amenities can include parking, a washroom, a field house and bleachers.
  • City level 1A: A showpiece field with facilities suitable for international or national level of play. Amenities can include lighting, bleachers, washrooms, a field house and parking.
  • City level 1B: A field with support facilities, such as change rooms, used by competitive players for matches and tournaments. Amenities can include washrooms, a field house, lighting, bleachers and parking.
  • Premium: A premium sports field with specialized amenities, such as specialized surfaces (artificial turf fields, baseball stadium, a track or enclosed compounds). Amenities can include lighting, bleachers, washrooms, a field house and parking.

Insurance

Insurance is required and can be obtained from the City of Ottawa. If you already have insurance, please provide us with proof of insurance by fax to 613-580-2683 or email to sports@ottawa.ca.

Cancellations

You must notify the City at least 30 business days prior to your rental date to change or cancel a rental.

Barbeques 

The use of gas barbecues is permitted, provided they are installed a minimum of a five meters away from any building. Charcoal barbecues are permitted at designated sites only. Please contact your facility or park rental representative for more information.

Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park

Conveniently located in the heart of Ottawa, the Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park boasts a semi-professional ball field and 800-space parking lot. The field and parking lot can be rented by sports clubs, community organizations, private or commercial groups and individuals from May 1 to October 15.

Stadium highlights 

  • Grass field with Mar-Co clay
  • Left field: 325 feet (99 m)
  • Centre field: 404 feet (123 m)
  • Right field: 325 feet (99 m)
  • Alleys: 380 feet (120 m)
  • Washrooms available on site
  • Accessible

Skateboard and BMX parks

Looking to get some air? There are permanent and seasonal skateboard and BMX parks across the City. We also offer seasonal instructional programs and summer camps for beginner to intermediate riders.

  • Bearbrook Community Centre/Leslie Armstrong Park, 8720 Russell Road
    • Flat asphalt surface
    • Five components
  • Ben Franklin Place/Legacy Skatepark, Centrepointe behind Theatre District
    • 17,000 square feet
    • Large concrete bowl
    • Many street and vertical components
  • Berrigan Park, 51 Berrigan Drive
    • Flat concrete surface
    • More than 10 components
  • Blackburn Park, 190 Glen Park Drive
    • Flat asphalt surface
    • Five components
  • Bob MacQuarrie Recreation Complex - Orléans, SK8 Extreme Park, 1490 Youville Drive
    • Flat asphalt surface
    • City-run programs: learn to skateboard and skateboard summer camps
  • Bridlewood Core Park, 65 Stonehaven Drive
    • Flat asphalt surface
    • Five components
  • Constance Bay Community Centre Park, 262 Len Purcell Drive
    • Flat asphalt surface
    • Five components
  • CARDELREC Recreation Complex Goulbourn, 1500 Shea Road
  • Greenboro Skatepark, 3142 Conroy Road
    • Flat asphalt surface
    • Five components
  • Lansdowne Park, 450 Queen Elizabeth Drive
    • Flat surface
  • Manotick Arena, Centennial Park, 5572 Doctor Leach Drive
    • Flat surface
    • Eight components
  • McNabb Park, Charlie Bowins Skateboard Park, 435 Bronson Avenue
    • Flat concrete surface
    • More than 10 components (including a large half-pipe)
    • City-run programs: learn to skateboard and skateboard summer camps
  • Richcraft Recreation Complex-Kanata, Innovation Skateboard Park, 4101 Innovation Drive
    • Large concrete bowl
    • More than 10 components (including many street and vertical components)
  • Splash Wave Pool, Trillium Park BMX Track, 2030 Ogilvie Road
    • Flat asphalt surface
    • Five components
    • BMX dirt track
  • Walter Baker Park, 100 Walter Baker Place
    • 7,000 square feet
    • Concrete bowl

Basketball courts

Visit one of the City’s outdoor basketball courts to enjoy a pick-up game with friends or practice your lay-up.

Outdoor basketball court locations

The interactive map and table below display the locations of the City's outdoor basketball courts. The number of courts listed in the table will expand or contract as you zoom in, zoom out or pan the map view. Navigate to an area of interest by searching for a park name, address, intersection, street segment or city facility in the “Find address or place” search box. Click on a basketball court for more information about that location. Basketball court information is also available in the City’s Open Data Catalogue.

Sledding hills

Sledding hills are closed

Sledding hills

If there’s snow on the ground, the kids want to sled.

Before hitting the hill, take a few minutes to consider the weather and physical conditions. Ottawa’s sledding hills are not regularly maintained or inspected throughout the season. The City of Ottawa does not accept responsibility for related risks or injuries. It is your responsibility to inspect the hill prior to use. Sledding is a high-risk activity. Sled at your own risk. Avoid sledding when any hazards or unsafe conditions are present. Do not sled when conditions are icy or hazardous. 

If there are dangerous conditions, call 3-1-1 to report them.

Call 911 if emergency assistance is required.

Sledding hill locations

The interactive map and table below display's the locations of the City's sledding hills. The number of sledding hills listed in the table will expand or contract as you zoom in, zoom out or pan the map view. Navigate to an area of interest by searching for a park name, address, intersection, street segment or city facility in the “Find address or place” search box. Click on a sledding hill for more information about that location. Sledding hill information is also available in the City’s Open Data Catalogue.

Tennis and pickleball courts

Closures

The following courts are currently closed for repairs or maintenance:

  •  Bordeleau Park

City courts will open the first week of May, weather dependent.

Book a court

  1. Please email tennis@ottawa.ca with your rental request. 
  2. Include the name of your organization, contact name, contact information, name of court, the dates and times and any special instructions. 
  3. We will email you a contract along with information on how to pay. 
  4. Review, sign and return the contract to tennis@ottawa.ca. The contract is valid once we receive payment and a signed copy of the contract

Booking Conditions

In order to complete a booking for a tennis court, please review and ensure you/your organization is able to meet the following requirements:

  1. The following individuals are not permitted to participate in the rental:
    1. Anyone who is sick or has any of the following symptoms: fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, headache
    2. Anyone who has recently returned from traveling outside of Canada, in the past 14 day
    3. Anyone who has knowingly been exposed to or been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19, in the past 14 day
  2. The sport governing body/league (Ontario Tennis Association) has established a health and safety protocol for the use of the tennis facilities.
  3. The maximum number of people/participants permitted per booking time is 10.
  4. A valid $2 Million Liability Insurance Certificate naming the City as an additional insured is required.
  5. Coaching and group lessons may resume with individuals from different households as long as physical distancing is maintained.
  6. Any person who enters or uses the tennis facilities must maintain a physical distance of at least 2 metres from any other person who is using the facility.
  7. Any activity that is likely to result in individuals coming within 2 metres of others is not permitted.
  8. Locker rooms, change rooms, showers and clubhouses remain closed and no access will be permitted. If washrooms are required, please contact sports@ottawa.ca for information regarding portable toilets.
  9. Attendance must be taken at each date on the contract and for each group accessing the space during the rental period and records must be kept for the purpose of tracing in the event of a COVID-19 outbreak.
  10. Players are encouraged to bring their own equipment. Equipment being used during the rental must be for single use only, or should be sanitized between each use if shared between players. Any shared/team owned equipment must be sanitized between each use.
  11. The City of Ottawa is not responsible for cleaning, sanitizing or disinfecting touch points including benches, nets, bleachers, dugouts, etc. The permit holder must clean, sanitize and disinfect any touches items prior to and after use.
  12. The permit holder is responsible for advising participants that park amenities are not sanitized and to take appropriate measures to avoid infection from high touch surfaces.
  13. All individuals must comply with all current OPH recommendations and directives related to COVID-19.
  14. Bookings are made on a first-come, first-served basis. The City does not provide sporting equipment. You are responsible for providing your own equipment.
  15. Check availability by emailing tennis@ottawa.ca
  16. Please provide alternative locations as your preferred site may not be available or suitable for your event. Clearly indicate which locations are your second or third choice.
  17. Send the completed application form to tennis@ottawa.ca. Please ensure that all fields have been filled out correctly.
  18. We will review the application form and, if needed, request more information regarding your event. This process varies in length of time.
  19. We will email you a contract and information on how to pay. Review, sign and return a copy to tennis@ottawa.ca. The contract will be valid once we receive payment and a signed copy of the contract.
  20. On the day of your event, bring a copy of your contract and your receipt.

Court fees

Court fees
Minor $ 8.20
Adult $ 10.05
Commercial/Private $ 18.55

Use of tennis and pickleball courts

Court locations

The interactive map and table below display court locations. The number of courts listed in the table will expand or contract as you zoom in, zoom out or pan the map view. You can also navigate to an area of interest by searching for a park name, address, intersection, street segment or city facility in the “Find address or place” search box. Click on a court for more information about that location. Court information is also available in the City’s Open Data Catalogue.

Mooney's Bay Ski Centre

All recreation and cultural facilities, including recreation complexes, community centres, arenas, swimming pools, theatres and museums will be closed, until further notice.

Later this month, the City of Ottawa will begin a phased reopening of services and programs impacted by COVID-19. More details will be provided as services resume. Learn more about Ottawa’s reopening plan and new safety measures.

The Terry Fox Athletic Facility (at Mooney's Bay Park), located at 2960 Riverside Drive, has everything for cross-country skiers. You can enjoy 5 km of groomed and well-lit trails. Learn or improve your skills with our lesson packages for all levels in classic or skate skiing.

Ski centre features

  • 5 km of groomed trails for both classic and skate (freestyle) skiing techniques
  • Indoor change rooms and washrooms
  • Lit trails for night skiing
  • Ski tuck shop and hot chocolate for sale
  • Free use of indoor wax benches and waxing irons (subject to availability)
  • Free information on equipment, clothing, waxing, trails and related services
  • Free parking
  • Rentals by Lafleur de la Capital: 613-298-3775

Lessons

The cross-country ski school in Mooney's Bay Park offers a great selection of lessons. They are offered daily with convenient day and evening options. Special group packages are available. Browse or register online.

  • Lessons for children, youth and adults from experienced and qualified instructors
  • Classes for all abilities from beginner to advanced
  • Classic or skate skiing lessons

Hours of operation

The facility is now open until early March (weather permitting) at the following times. Schedules are subject to change.

  • Monday to Friday: 9 am to 9 pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 9 am to 5 pm

Fees

  • $3.50 per day
  • Adult season pass: $36.75
  • Child, youth and senior  season pass: $33.75

Trail conditions

View Mooney’s Bay Cross Country Ski Conditions.

Private lessons

Lessons are one hour long.

  • Customized one-on-one lesson: $83.50
  • Semi-private lesson with a friend or family members: $64.50 per person

To book your private lesson, submit a Private Instruction Request Form [ PDF - 205 KB ] at Mooney's Bay Ski Centre or by email to TerryFoxAthletic@ottawa.ca. One of our instructors will contact you to discuss your goals and availability. For semi-private or small group lessons, all group members must pay at the same time to receive the discounted rate.