As Ontario takes basic steps in reopening by allowing garden centres, hardware stores to open, the city of Toronto also has made changes to the way parks operate after closing all amenities on March 25, 2020.
The practice of physical distancing of two metres of distance is mandatory. Any two people who don’t live together, who fail to do so can receive a $1,000 ticket.
What is allowed in Toronto Parks as of May 20, 2020
- Five BMX locations, 14 skateboard parks and four disc golf locations are opening today.
- Many parks’ parking lots will also reopen this week at parks across the city.
Park amenities scheduled to open in time for this upcoming weekend (May 23) include:
• picnic shelters
• more than 300 soccer and multi-use outdoor fields
• more than 300 baseball diamonds and
• 150 basketball courts.
- Staff are also preparing more than 600 tennis courts at 185 locations, to begin to open this weekend. The reopening of parks amenities will continue into next week, as staff work with Toronto Public Health to open lawn bowling facilities and outdoor bocce.
- Hiking, walking to get fresh air and exercise is allowed. City says you are to keep moving.
- You can walk/run/bike at park and ravine green spaces, beaches, trails, boardwalks.
- On-leash dog walking is allowed.
- Fishing (with a licence), using boats, kayaks, canoes are also allowed.
- You may sit on park benches for temporary respite.
What is not allowed in Toronto Parks
- Permits for soccer, multi-use fields and baseball diamonds continue to be cancelled until June 29. Individuals may use outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields for non-team sports, such as walking, running, biking, skateboarding, frisbee, kicking a ball, and low contact racquet sports like tennis, badminton, pickleball and ping pong.
- Individuals are not permitted to play team sports, such as soccer or baseball, even on fields intended for this purpose unless they are members of the same household.
- Park amenities that continue to be closed include playgrounds, outdoor exercise equipment, swimming pools and splash pads. Greenhouses, nurseries and conservatories, High Park Zoo and Riverdale Farm also remain closed.
- Waterfront parking lots will remain closed for the time being, and High Park will continue to be closed to traffic on the weekends.