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.
In Niagara Falls, all park amenities and facilities are closed. The City of Niagara Falls will be extending the closure of all park amenities and facilities, the off-leash dog parks, and skateboard park until the end of May. All scheduled tournaments and events are also cancelled until May 31, 2010. These include, but are not limited to, the following:
- sports fields
- tennis and basketball courts
- skate park
- dog off-leash parks
- Oakes Park including the track
If you need some fresh air and activity:
- It is okay to walk, cycle or jog through our parks, but please do not linger.
- Stay 2 metres (6 feet) away from everyone else in the park or on a trail.
- Please take your waste home with you to dispose of it.
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.