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Sports fields and outdoor recreation

Sports fields and ball diamonds

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

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.

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 $6.30 $20.35 $32.30 $46.35 $33.95 $48
Community level 2A, 2B $7.50 $21.55 $36.40 $50.45 $38.20 $52.25
City level 1A, 1B $9.30 $23.35

$48.05

$62.10 $50.40 $64.45
Premium: Artificial turf prime time $79.20 $107.35

$134.60

$162.75 $145.35 $173.50
Premium: ​Artificial turf non-prime time $64.90   $64.90  

$145.35

 
Premium: ​Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton Park $40.75 $88.15 $119.75 $167.15 $125.70 $173.10
Premium: ​Terry Fox Main, West and North $40.75 $68.90 $119.75 $147.90 $125.70 $153.85
Premium: ​Terry Fox Track and Field $57 $83.40 $119.75 $147.90 $125.70 $153.85

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 6pm and 11pm; on weekends and statutory holidays, from 8am to 11pm
  • Artificial turf non-prime time: From April 1 to November 15, weekdays from 8am to 6pm
  • 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 parks

Looking to get some air? There are permanent and seasonal skateboard 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, 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
  • Goulbourn Recreation Complex, 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

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 courts

If you are, or want to be, a tennis ace, take advantage of the City’s tennis courts.

The City offers instructional tennis programs for children and adults.

Book a tennis 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.

Types of tennis courts

  • Neighbourhood level: Usually one or two courts with an asphalt base (black top), suitable for entry-level play or for informal recreational play. There is no charge to use these facilities.
  • Community level: One to four courts of an acrylic base (one colour), which is suitable for all levels of tennis. Amenities can include lights, parking, washroom, field house or bleachers. There is a charge to use these courts, given that one court remains open to the public for free. Contact tennis@ottawa.ca to book these courts.
  • Club-operated: Courts that are operated with the support of the City of Ottawa. Access to these courts is available with a membership or daily fee. These courts are lit and have a club house for their members. Some clubs offer supervision and booking features during prime time. Contact the club directly to book these courts.

Tennis court locations

The interactive map and table below display tennis court locations. The number of tennis 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 tennis court for more information about that location. Tennis court information is also available in the City’s Open Data Catalogue.

Mooney's Bay Ski Centre

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
  • 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 starting in January 2018. 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 will be open from January to 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

*Please note that City Council approved a two-per-cent increase for Recreation and Culture program fees beginning January 1, 2018. Fees posted on ottawa.ca may not be up-to-date. Please check with your local facility for current rates.

  • $3.25 per day
  • $35.25 for the season

Trail conditions

View Mooney’s Bay Cross Country Ski Conditions.

Private lessons

Lessons are one hour long.

  • Customized one-on-one lesson: $78.25
  • Semi-private lesson with a friend or family members: $60.25 per person
  • Small group private lesson: $30.25 per person, for three to four participants

To book your private lesson, submit a Private Instruction Request Form at Mooney's Bay Ski Centre. One of our trainers 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.