Toronto Reopening 850 Park Amenities Including Picnic Shelters

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The city of Toronto is reopening more than 850 park amenities this week following the Province of Ontario’s amendments to an order under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act.

WHAT IS OPEN/ALLOWED IN PARKS IN TORONTO

While visiting a park, people must continue to practise physical distancing.

People must always stay two metres (six feet) apart while visiting the City’s parks.

The City is asking residents not to visit crowded parks or wait until there is enough space to physically distance.

  • 70 off-leash dog parks across Toronto are open
  • Five BMX locations, 14 skateboard parks and four disc golf locations are opening from May 20
  • 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 include:
    • picnic shelters
    • more than 300 soccer and multi-use outdoor fields
    • more than 300 baseball diamonds and
    • 150 basketball courts.
  • 600 tennis courts at 185 locations will to open this weekend.
  • The reopening of park amenities will continue into next week, as staff work with Toronto Public Health to open lawn bowling facilities and outdoor bocce.
  • 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.

WHAT IS NOT ALLOWED/CLOSED IN TORONTO PARKS

  • Permits for soccer, multi-use fields and baseball diamonds continue to be cancelled until June 29.
  • 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.
 
   

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