As the weather warms up it is important to note that all City parks and park equipment are now closed until June 30, 2020. This includes play structures, sports fields, benches and picnic tables. A full list of closures can be found on the City of Ottawa website. Only walkthroughs are permitted – while respecting physical (social) distancing.
The amenities and spaces that are closed for use include:
- Public sports fields – including those located at recreation facilities
- Ball diamonds
- Basketball and tennis courts
These types of spaces and amenities encourage group gatherings and usage, which go against the physical (social) distancing measures being used to flatten the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
The closures apply to all play and park equipment, this includes:
- Play structures
- Adult fitness stations
- Benches and picnic tables
- Skateboard parks Off-leash dog enclosures
Park and play equipment also encourage multiple users. More importantly, the surfaces are not being cleaned and could potentially spread the COVID-19 virus.
Walkthroughs permitted – maintain physical (social) distancing
While the parks are closed, you are able to walk through them. Safe park practices that are permitted includes running, walking or jogging through the park, while keeping a two-metre distance from others – which is equal to the length of a hockey stick. You can also walk your dog through the park where this is allowed, while respecting the established leashing requirements for the site.
The City will augment the public and media messaging on the smart use of parks and the things to avoid, like teams gathering to play sports, children playing on park equipment when distancing cannot be maintained, keeping hands away from face after touching park surfaces, etc.”
According to City by-law, sports fields are closed at this time of year and normally can only open in May. Fields could be damaged if used when they are too wet. The official opening dates are in May. These opening dates will probably be put forward because of the pandemic.
Residents, rental contract holders and organizers of large public events are asked to please stay off sports fields and general turf areas at City facilities until they are officially open.