As of May 6, 2020, the City of Ottawa, in consultation with Ottawa Public Health, is advising that the limited use of some spaces in City parks and beaches is now permitted.

Therefore, the fields at Alexander, Raven and Meadowvale Parks are open for some activities, as long as it’s with people from your own household. Please note that the Carlington Bike Park is still closed.

Please remember: everyone must still follow the current prohibitions under the Provincial Emergency Orders and from Ottawa Public Health for physical distancing to limit the spread of COVID-19 and save lives.

Examples of permitted activities:

  • Playing catch, kicking a soccer ball and throwing a football
  • Flying a kite
  • Sitting on a blanket, grass or lawn chair
  • Exercising and stretching on a yoga mat, but not in a class
  • Letting young children run and burn off some energy

No one is allowed to use any sports fields and courts (e.g.: football and soccer fields, ball diamonds, tennis courts and basketball courts), BMX and skate/board parks, all play structures and playgrounds, swings, benches, picnic tables, shelters, and off-leash dog areas.

No organized sporting activities and training are allowed, such as football, softball, ball hockey, soccer, ultimate frisbee and basketball – even if they are not being played on a court or sports field, as these activities do not allow for proper physical distancing.

Boat launches in parks remain closed and seasonal docks will not yet been installed. Launching any form of watercraft from any City park or beach remains prohibited for canoeists, kayakers and other watercraft enthusiasts.

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