Parks and Recreation Services Update

Spring thaw offers additional options for healthy, active living

While the region of Windsor-Essex remains in the Red-Control zone of the Province of Ontario’s Re-Opening Framework, the City of Windsor is providing new outdoor opportunities for residents to remain healthy and active, while enjoying municipal parks.

Consistent with public health guidelines, outdoor community permits are now being offered within select municipal parks and public spaces. All groups will need to adhere to public health guidelines, including strict regulations regarding total number of persons able to congregate outdoors. The Red-Control zone allows for a maximum of 25 individuals to gather outdoors while ensuring physical distancing measures are in place.

Permits to rent select park space for private use – such as holding an instructional exercise class, book club meeting, metal detecting, social activity or even a family gathering – can be obtained through the Parks & Recreation office. Fees vary based on the activity and type of gathering. Residents and organizations are encouraged to contact with requests or inquiries. Information on booking sports fields will be available in the near future.

Through February and March, over 1,000 local residents booked space to skate outdoors at Lanspeary Lions Outdoor Rink and Charles Clark Square. Due to weather conditions, the final outdoor skate of the season occurred on March 10, 2021.

While community centres, arenas and pools remain closed due to the current global pandemic, City administration continues to plan for future re-opening opportunities, as public health conditions allow. 

The City of Windsor is investing an historic $17.5 million in the Parks & Recreation Department in 2021 to help provide the public with the services and amenities that promote healthy, active lifestyles and increased quality of life.


“Being able to book a dedicated space at your neighborhood park is just another mechanism through which the City of Windsor can help residents find active and creative outlets while adhering to all public health guidelines and recommendations.”  Drew Dilkens, Mayor – City of Windsor.

“We are planning ahead for an eventual move to Orange-Restrict. Once the public health conditions permit, we will safely re-introduce additional recreation services, including access to pools, community centres and arenas.”  Ray Mensour, Commissioner of Parks, Recreation, Culture & Facilities (Acting) – City of Windsor.

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