When will the new by-law come into effect?

    The City aims to have the by-law reviewed and guidelines in place for the 2025 summer season. The report is scheduled to be presented to Committee and City Council in the first quarter (Q1) of 2025. 

    Why is the City updating the Parks and Facilities by-law?

    The City is updating the Parks and Facilities by-law to incorporate amendments made in 2021, update language to ensure it is current and meets the evolving community needs.

    What amenities are considered as Parks and Facilities?

    Parks and green spaces include, but are not limited to, outdoor recreation amenities such as: 

    • Ball diamonds (baseball, softball, tee ball) 
    • Beach volleyball courts
    • Bicycling parks (i.e. BMX, pump track, mountain bike trails) 
    • Cricket pitches 
    • Horseshoe pits
    • Lawn bowling 
    • Off-leash dog areas 
    • Open fields for unstructured play 
    • Outdoor basketball courts
    • Outdoor children’s play areas (play structures, swings, sand play) 
    • Outdoor fitness equipment 
    • Outdoor picnic/shade shelter/seating
    • Outdoor wading pools 
    • Outdoor pools 
    • Outdoor rinks
    • Outdoor running/walking tracks 
    • Pickleball courts 
    • Playgrounds
    • Skateboard parks 
    • Splash pads
    • Sports fields - artificial turf (i.e. football, soccer, ultimate, rugby, field hockey) 
    • Sports fields - natural turf (i.e. football, soccer, ultimate, rugby, field hockey)
    • Tennis courts 


    Facilities refers to any indoor facility operated by the Recreational, Cultural and Facility Services department and include but are not limited to:

    • Arenas  
    • Pools
    • Gyms
    • Community buildings 
    • Galleries 
    • Theatres 
    • Museums 
    • Recreation and Community Centres 

    Did the City consider accessibility when preparing the recommendations?

    Yes, the City of Ottawa’s Accessibility Office is being consulted throughout the entire process.

    Are any new items being considered for inclusion as part of the Parks and Facilities by-law review?

    New items are being considered based on public service requests, input from City Councillors and operational staff. The public can suggest items through the public survey. 

    Are we exploring the responsible use of personal consumption of alcohol in parks?

    While the current by-law prohibits alcohol consumption in parks without a permit, the City is exploring alternative options for responsible use of personal consumption of alcohol.  

    The project team has conducted extensive research and consultation with municipalities that permit alcohol in parks and the survey includes questions on this topic for public feedback.  

    How will the public remain informed of the project updates?

    Engage Ottawa will be the primary platform for project updates. Public engagement will occur through Engage Ottawa, with promotions through our social media channels and other avenues.