Parks and natural areas


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 100 people, dogs off-leash in non-designated areas, and anyone using closed park amenities.

The following outdoor recreation facilities are open:

The following outdoor recreation amenities remain closed:

  • All outdoor pools, wading pools and most washrooms.

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

  • 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.
  • Consider only visiting with people in your social circle.
  • 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
  • On tennis and pickleball courts, doubles play is permitted but only where two metres or six feet physical distancing can be maintained at all times on the court
  • Be mindful of what you place in garbage receptacles. Only throw out what is required when visiting Kitchener parks and open spaces in the designated garbage bins. Please don’t treat these receptacles like a dumping site.

If you notice gatherings larger than 100 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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