Parks and natural areas

Suburbs

The City of Kitchener is working to reopen some outdoor recreation amenities at parks, trails, and open spaces as part of a careful and cautious approach to expanding access to the outdoors amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Bylaw enforcement will continue to enforce gatherings larger than five people, dogs off-leash, and anyone using closed park amenities.

As of May 19, the following outdoor recreation facilities are available for use immediately:

Over the next two weeks, the following outdoor recreation facilities are will be open:

The following outdoor recreation amenities remain closed:

  • Splash pads, pools, wading pools, play structures, outdoor fitness equipment, washrooms and bookable sportsfields

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

Do:

  • Provincial orders require people to maintain a physical distance from other people of at least two metres or six feet, except for members of the same household.
  • Two metres or six feet is about the length of a hockey stick – if you are jogging or cycling, stay further away.
  • Share the space on a trail – keep your visit short, try to avoid busier times and try to keep away from ‘destination’ parks and trails
  • Keep moving – try to keep moving to let others also use the trail 
  • Walk-in your own neighbourhood – most of our neighbourhoods have streets and sidewalks you may never have explored – and trails and quiet parks you have never visited. 
  • 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 
  • Wash hands immediately upon returning home

Do not:

  • Drive to a park outside of your neighbourhood
  • Engage in group sports or activities
  • Use playground equipment
  • Visit a park as a group larger than five people that are not individuals from the same household

To report a violation of these rules and regulations, call us at 519-741-2345.

 


Like other great combinations in life - such as peanut butter and jam or cookies and milk, parks and neighbourhoods are a natural pairing. One isn't nearly as appealing without the other.

In Kitchener, we're fortunate to have 220 parks across our community - giving almost every neighbourhood a place of their own to enjoy fun-filled activities, such as soccer games, picnics and children's play dates.

Use our OnPoint mapping program to find a park near you.

Featured parks

While most cities may only have one crown jewel in their park systems - we have four gems, with each offering a unique features and something for everyone.

  • Victoria Park - Located downtown Kitchener, Victoria Park offers families a large playground, splash pad, picnic tables, beautiful gardens and the celebrated clock tower bell from our old City Hall.
  • McLennan Park - Built on 96 acres, McLennan Park boasts a BMX bike park, beach volleyball and basketball courts, a leash-free dog park, skatepark, splash pad, toboggan hill and our city's largest accessible playground.
  • Kiwanis Park - At more than 119 acres in size, Kiwanis Park offers year-round fun with trails, a leash-free dog park, lake-like swimming pool, snack bar, picnic shelters, beach volleyball courts and athletic fields.
  • Huron Natural Area - Located on Trillium Drive in the south end of our city, Huron Natural Area offers something for everyone - from hikers and joggers, to photographers, bird watchers, and those who simply enjoy basking in nature's serenity.

For the latest news on our future park plans, check out our current developments. More information on our parks can also be found in our parks strategic plan.

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