Parks, Trails and Playgrounds
On March 30, 2020 Ontario Premier Doug Ford announced that the Province had extended the March 17 Emergency Declaration under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. Extended also are all associated orders including the closure of non-essential workplaces and limiting social gatherings greater than five people.
In announcing the declaration, the Premier announced new orders to close outdoor recreational amenities such as sports fields, playgrounds, basketball courts, picnic areas, park shelters, community and condo gardens, and others.
Green spaces in parks and trails remain open for pass-through access, but visitors must continue to practice social/physical distancing.
The Bruce Trail Conservancy asks everyone to postpone using the Bruce Trail for walks or hikes until further notice, to stop the spread of COVID-19. Many areas of the Trail are closed. And even beyond these areas, travelling to and on the Trail puts local communities, hikers, and our health system at risk. Read more about the Bruce Trail updates.
The City of Niagara Falls will be reopening the following recreational amenities to the community on Tuesday, May 19, 2020:
- Oakes Park Track, 5700 Morrison Street - washrooms are open from 8AM to 8PM daily
- Skateboard Park at MacBain Community Centre, 7150 Montrose Road
- Tennis/Basketball courts citywide - nets on tennis courts are currently being installed
- Off-Leash Dog Parks at Firemen's Park (2275 Dorchester Road at Mountain Road) and Niagara Falls Humane Society (6025 Chippawa Parkway, near Stanley Avenue)
In addition, for those using basketball courts, the City requires that play is limited to shooting hoops, and that no games where physical contact may occur are played.
Organized sports are still restricted on municipal fields, given their necessity for gathering of groups. At this time, park and outdoor amenities not listed above, such as playground equipment, remain closed to limit the spread of COVID-19 on shared surfaces.
By-law enforcement will continue to enforce gatherings larger than five people, and anyone using closed park amenities.
By request from the Niagara Regional Police (NRP) Chief of Police, Municipal Enforcement staff will continue to enforce Municipal By-laws, and monitor and disperse any public gatherings observed throughout the City. Complaints regarding social gatherings more than 5 people on public or private property can be reported to COVID-19 Complaint Form.