Be Park Smart

Grass Playfields Maintenance Program

At the end of the each soccer season the City's grass playfields undergo an intensive maintenance program. The fields are aerated, top-dressed, seeded and require frequent mowing, fertilization and watering to get them in top shape. Although most of the City's watering takes place at night, newly reseeded playing fields require water during the day as well. Staying off the grass while they are re-establishing during the summer helps the City provide better fields that benefit all players during the upcoming season.

Please note, the following grass playfields will be closed until September:

  • Boulevard Field
  • Loutet 1, 2 & 3 Fields
  • Norsemen Field

Kinsmen Field will remain open all summer, and Sutherland and Confederation Artificial Turf Fields are open for soccer year round. For more information on booking a playing field, please visit www.northvanrec.com.


Disposing of Your Garden Waste

It may seem easy to "recycle" garden debris in your neighbourhood park, but it actually introduces invasive plants that can have a tremendous impact. Common garden plants such as English Ivy, Lamium, and Periwinkle spread quickly and can overtake the native vegetation in our parks. Recycling garden waste.


Caring for the City's Street Trees

The City has recently planted a number of new street trees and would like your help to ensure they stay happy and healthy.

The warm summer months can leave young trees in distress, usually indicated by brown or falling leaves. You can help the street trees near your home to establish their root systems by watering the trees with a slow running hose for 10 minutes twice a week. This will help ensure the trees continue to grow and flourish.

During the summer months, regional water restrictions do not apply to trees and shrubs; however please remember to be water-wise. Watering in the evenings and early mornings is always best.


Dogs in City Parks

Dogs are welcome in many of the City's parks. By following a few simple reminders, you and your furry companion can help keep our parks safe and enjoyable for all park users.

Know which parks allow dogs.
The City's two off-leash parks include Lynnmouth and Mosquito Creek West. Parks with fenced off leash dog parks include: Kings Mill Walk, Mahon and Waterfront Park (pilot project to December 2021). Many other City parks also allow dogs on-leash.

Visit our Dogs in City Parks section for a complete list and a handy map.

Clean it up.
Doggy business is a part of being a dog owner, as is cleaning up after your dog. Help keep our parks healthy and clean by picking up and properly disposing of waste. There's no such thing as a Poo Fairy. Check our Dog Waste Bin map.

Get a licence.
Licensing your dog is more than a City bylaw, it can help keep your dog safe. Lost dogs that are licensed are reunited with their owner much more quickly. Find details in our Dogs in City Parks section.

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