Get outside and get active by visiting one of our basketball courts, outdoor pools, parks or other outdoor facilities. In the winter, visit your local community ice rink to go skating with your neighbours.

On this page:

  1. COVID-19 updates
  2. Tobogganing hills
  3. Basketball courts
  4. Outdoor skating rinks
  5. Skateparks
  6. Tennis courts
  7. Horseshoe pitches
  8. Pools
  9. Parks and trails

COVID-19 updates

City of Kitchener parks and trails remain open

If you plan to enter a city-owned park, trail or open space in Kitchener, please follow these guidelines:

  • Maintain a physical distance from other people of at least two metres or six feet, except for members of the same household
  • Masks are strongly recommended
  • Share the space on a trail – keep your visit short and try to avoid busier times
  • Keep moving – try to keep moving to let others also use the trail
  • Walk in your own neighbourhood
  • Leave if the park is crowded
  • Keep your dog on a leash when not using off-leash dog parks.
  • Wash or use hand sanitizer before eating or drinking and upon returning home.
  • Please only park in designated parking areas.
  • Be mindful of what you put in garbage bins. Only throw out what is required in the designated garbage bins.

NOTE: public washrooms are only available at limited facilities. It is recommended that you use the washroom before leaving home.

Under provincial guidelines, bylaw enforcement will enforce gatherings of those not living in the same household. If you notice gatherings larger than 10 people outdoors or groups not physical distancing, please call 519 741-2345.

To help ease parking congestion at McLennan Park, a temporary one way system has been implemented. Traffic should enter the park from Block Line and exit onto Ottawa Street. Please park in designated parking bays and, if parking is full, park in the Lions Arena parking lot.

Tobogganing hills

We inspect the hills on our tobogganing hills page on a regular basis throughout the winter. These are the best hills to go tobogganing on in Kitchener.

Basketball courts

All courts are free for use on a first-come, first-served basis.

Find a basketball court near you

Outdoor skating rinks

We work with the more than 350 community volunteers who build and maintain outdoor rinks across our community between December and March.

Outdoor rinks are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Visit our outdoor skating rinks page to find a rink near you.


All our skateparks are free to use. All you need is your equipment of choice and proper safety gear. If you notice damage to a skatepark, let us know by calling 519-741-2345.

None of our skateparks are supervised.

The Aud skatepark

The Aud skatepark can be used year-round from 9 a.m. to dusk. Washrooms are available inside the Aud.

The park has:

  • concrete pad
  • bowl
  • a double camel's hump
  • quarter pipe with a rail
  • ramp with a grinding rail
  • horizontal grinding rail
  • pyramid

Fischer Park

The Fischer Park skatepark is open year-round from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The park has:

  • a street course
  • nine-foot deep bowl for skateboards BMX bikes and scooters

McLennan Park

McLennan Park’s skatepark is open year-round.

Washrooms are available.

Upper Canada skatepark

Upper Canada skatepark is open year-round from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The park is a street course with ramps, banks, humps and rails for varying skill levels.

Get directions

Skatepark rules

  • a helmet, and elbow and knee pads are required
  • do not use the skatepark during wet or icy conditions
  • take turns
  • place all garbage in the containers provided
  • inspect the skatepark ahead to ensure safe conditions

We are not responsible for any loss, damage or injuries resulting from use of the skatepark.

Tennis courts

Our courts are free of charge and available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Find a tennis court near you

These courts have lines for pickleball:

In 2022, we plan on opening dedicated pickleball courts at RBJ Schlegel Park.

Horseshoe pits

All horseshoe pits are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Find a horseshoe pitch near you


There are four outdoor pools in Kitchener:

Parks and trails

We have parks across the city. Our trail network connects our city for pedestrians and cyclists. Find a park or trail in your neighbourhood or visit a popular spot: