Canadian News May 8, 2020 7:33 PM EST

Toronto parks are partially open and here's how you can use them

Parks in Toronto are partially open but residents are not allowed to use amenities.

Toronto parks are partially open and here's how you can use them
Sam Edwards High Level, Alberta
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Parks in Toronto are partially open but residents are not allowed to use amenities.

People can freely use the park and ravine grass spaces, trails, beaches and boardwalks. Dogs are able to be walked as long as they are on leashes.

Toronto residents are still able to fish (with licence), boat, canoe and kayak.

High park has been closed since Thursday April 30 for the park's bloom period which usually lasts around four to 10 days. The bloom period is for the park’s Sakura (cherry blossom) trees.

Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health has recommended the closure of amenities to avoid further spread of coronavirus.

The city’s website listed some points regarding park use:

  • You are encouraged to get fresh air and exercise, and to keep moving.
  • We are asking you not to bring a picnic to the park as it can lead to people congregating together.
  • While visiting a park, you must practise physical distancing. Under the City’s physical distancing bylaw, any two people who don’t live together, who fail to keep two metres of distance between them in a park or public square, can receive a $1,000 ticket.
  • Under the Province’s Emergency Order, a social gathering or organized public event of more than five people is prohibited, unless everyone gathered together live in the same household. This applies in parks.

Amenities in the park have been temporarily closed by the General Manager of Parks.

Closed amenities include:

  • Playgrounds, play structures and equipment
  • Sports facilities and multi-use fields
  • Soccer fields
  • Basketball courts
  • Baseball diamonds
  • Tennis, platform tennis, table tennis and pickleball courts
  • Off-leash dog areas
  • Skateboard and BMX parks
  • Picnic areas and shelters
  • Fixed barbecues
  • Outdoor exercise equipment
  • Greenhouses, nurseries and conservatories
  • Zoos and farms
  • Golf courses and frisbee golf locations
  • Ice rinks (with or without ice)
  • Park washrooms/shelters
  • Marinas
  • Parking lots

The city will not be charging individuals for use of park benches as long as people are not congregating. Picnic tables are still not able to be used along with barbecues.

Volunteer programs and events are cancelled at this point but will be starting again in June.

Toronto residents can call 311 with questions.

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