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Parks and green space

Parks

Are you holding a special event or family reunion? The City’s parks are a great outdoor alternative to being inside. 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 event at a City park. Events include community picnics, fundraisers, sporting events, weddings, birthdays and special events.

  1. Complete the park rental application form.
    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

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 (less than 100 people) Half day (four hours or less) $28.60
Not-for-profit or private (less than 100 people) Full day (five to 16 hours) $57.25
Not-for-profit or private (101 to 200 people) Full day

$114.50

Not-for-profit or private (201 people or more) Full day $228.75
Commercial Full day

$457.10

Bootcamp or fitness class

Hourly

$34.25

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.

Splash pads (summer only)

Young or old, splash pads are a great way to cool off in the summer.

Splash pads will be operational until September 14, 2018, depending on the weather. Splash pads are operational 9 am to 9 pm.

Children are to be supervised at all times while using splash pad.

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

The opening of the following splash pads will be delayed due to mechanical issues:

  • Billy Bishop Park (1 Bishops Mills Way)
  • Hibiscus Park (990 Cobble Hill Drive)

Wading pools (summer only)

Bring the kids to a neighbourhood wading pool to cool off and play. This interactive map shows you the locations of Ottawa's wading pools, along with their dates and hours of operation.

In order to maximize operational hours to the public, wading pools will be open during draining procedures. Staff will notify swimmers once the water has reached a depth that is no longer safe.

Fees

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

Updates and closures

Wading pools will be closed August 17 due to inclement weather.

Outdoor rinks

Join in the winter fun at one of the City’s more than 250 outdoor rinks.

Jim Tubman Chevrolet Sens Rink

Canterbury Recreation Complex, 2185 Arch Street

Sens Rink of Dreams

Marion Dewar Plaza, Ottawa City Hall, 110 Laurier Avenue West

Enjoy skating on the state-of-the-art refrigerated Sens Rink of Dreams.

  • Open daily from 6 am to 11 pm (weather permitting).
  • Heated changing facility open daily from 8 am to 11 pm.   

Lansdowne Park skating court

Lansdowne Park, east of Aberdeen Pavilion, 450 Queen Elizabeth Drive
  • Open daily from 6 am to 11 pm (weather permitting).
  • Heated changing facility open daily from 8 am to 11 pm. 
  • Bring your own skates, there are no skate rental services.
  • On-street parking available nearby. A commercial parking lot is available on site, accessible from Bank Street and Queen Elizabeth Drive.

Ben Franklin Place skating rink

Ben Franklin Place, 101 Centrepointe Drive
  • Skating rink and heated changing facility open daily from 11 am to 8 pm (weather permitting).
  • New Year's Eve open from 11am to 10 pm.    

Volunteer at an outdoor rink

Make a difference in your community: join hundreds of volunteers who devote their time to provide access to winter activities for all. We are looking for community members to operate or support neighbourhood outdoor rinks. Grants are available.

How to get involved

  • Operate an outdoor rink
  • Assist with the maintenance of the ice surface
  • Supervise the rinks and field house
  • Run weekly children's programs
  • Organize a winter carnival at your rink

For more information or to become a community outdoor rink operator or volunteer, please call 613-580-2590 or email seasonalrecreation@ottawa.ca.

Book an outdoor rink

Outdoor rinks are free to use. Submit a permit request form five business days before the requested date(s). A rink operator will contact you to confirm your booking.

Ottawa’s outdoor rink season depends on the weather. Changes in it may affect your booking. Traditionally, the outdoor rink season runs from mid- to late-December until mid-February.

Outdoor rinks are operated by local community volunteers through a service agreement with the City. Operators devote their time and energy to maintain local outdoor rinks on behalf of the community. 

Permit guidelines

  • The City recommends a minimum of 12 skaters be present throughout your allotted time.
  • Permits are issued for specific dates and times. They are not transferable.
  • Rinks may be closed due to inclement weather during the time specified on the permit. To find out if the rink is open, contact the rink operator.
  • Please refrain from skating during mild weather. This is a safety hazard and will damage the ice.
  • A permit may be cancelled if participants do not show up for their allotted time on two consecutive occasions. Please contact your rink operator if you will miss your scheduled time.
  • Bring a copy of your permit to the rink.
  • Follow the direction of the rink attendant and/or the City representative.
  • Only a responsible adult can have access to the field house or change station (if applicable). Keys cannot be duplicated. The key holder is responsible for the changing facility and supervision during the permit time.
  • Children 10 years and under must be under adult supervision at all times.
  • Scrape and clear the ice at the end of your booking. You may need to scrape or clear the ice before your rental time. 
  • It is highly recommended that all users wear a CSA-approved helmet while using the rink.
  • Leave snow banks around un-boarded ice surfaces intact and ensure snow is completely shovelled over the boards at boarded rinks.
  • All rinks close at 11 pm. Lights are turned off at this time.
  • When leaving the location, please ensure that:
    • All scrapers and shovels are returned to the facility.
    • Windows are closed and locked.
    • Lights are turned off.
    • Doors are secured and locked.
    • The facility is clean.

Guidelines for school permits 

  • Students must be under adult supervision at all times.
  • Please record daily attendance on the forms provided and send the total attendance for the season at the end of February by fax to 613-580-2591 or email to seasonalrecreation@ottawa.ca.

Outdoor rink locations

The interactive map and table below display the locations of the City's outdoor rinks. The number of rinks 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 rink for more information about that location. Outdoor rink information is also available in the City’s Open Data Catalogue.

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.

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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.