Parks and natural areas


City of Kitchener parks, park amenities and trails remain open

The Province of Ontario has issued a stay-at-home order requiring everyone to remain at home with exceptions for essential purposes, such as going to the grocery store or pharmacy, accessing health care services, for exercise or for essential work.

Under provincial guidelines, bylaw enforcement will enforce gatherings larger than 5 people.

If you plan to visit a city-owned park, trail or open space in Kitchener, or use an outdoor amenity, 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. 
  • Only visit with people in your household.
  • 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 – 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
  • Please only park in designated parking areas.
  • 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.

If you notice gatherings larger than 5 people outdoors or groups not physical distancing, please call 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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