City of Pickering announces reopening of select outdoor areas

Posted on Friday May 22, 2020

Update #15

Pickering, ON, May 22, 2020 – The City of Pickering is lifting restrictions on select outdoor areas, in accordance with Phase 1 of Ontario’s framework for reopening the province.

This follows the provincial government’s announcement that it has amended Ontario Regulation 104/20 made under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act – Closure of Outdoor Recreational Amenities. The City will continue to follow public health directives and align its efforts with the Province of Ontario.

Outdoor Recreation (Park and Sports Field Amenities)

Effective immediately, the following areas are reopened:

  • off-leash areas and parking lot - Grand Valley Park
  • sports fields (including baseball diamonds, soccer fields, and track and field)
    • Individuals may use outdoor sports facilities and multi-use fields for non-team sports, such as walking, running, biking, skateboarding, Frisbee, kicking a ball, and low contact racquet sports. Individuals are not permitted to play team sports such as soccer or baseball, even on fields intended for this purpose, unless they are members of the same household. Permits are suspended until July 1, 2020 (inclusive).
  • basketball courts
  • pickleball court – Village East Park
  • skateboard park – Diana Princess of Wales Park
  • picnic sites, benches and shelters in parks and recreational areas
  • park parking lots
  • public tennis courts – located at Village East and Claremont Park
    • Please note that the indoor courts at Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex will remain closed until community centres are authorized to reopen. 
    • Please note that Club-operated tennis courts will reopen once the necessary arrangements have been made with the respective tennis clubs. 

To join one of the tennis clubs in Pickering, contact:

Dunmoore Tennis Club

Rosebank Tennis Club

Maple Ridge Tennis Club

Glendale Tennis Club 

Sandy Beach Tennis Club

Amberlea Tennis Club

The City reminds residents that gatherings of more than five people are not permitted and urges residents to practice physical distancing and remain 6 ft/2 m from those outside of their household.

As a reminder, the following remains closed until further notice:

  • City facilities remain closed to the public, and select locations are minimally staffed to ensure the continued delivery of essential and critical services
  • all outdoor playgrounds, play structures and play equipment
  • all outdoor pools, whirlpools and spas, splash pads, spray pads, wading pools and water slides
  • all communal facilities (washrooms & change rooms) intended to be used by persons using outdoor sports amenities
  • all portions of park and recreational areas containing outdoor fitness equipment

Anyone caught removing or vandalizing caution tape, barriers, or signage, or using off-limit spaces may be fined.

Virtual Services

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“Protecting the health and well-being of our community remains a top priority as we proceed with the safe and deliberate approach to reopening our city. We are taking the most responsible measures to stop the spread, and with the support of our residents, businesses, and community groups, we are getting through this together.”

-          Deputy Mayor, Kevin Ashe


As the gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet. An award-winning municipality, Pickering is slated for significant economic and residential growth; offering an unparalleled quality of life for those who live, work, and play here. Its dynamic City Centre has been designated by the Province of Ontario as both an Urban Growth Centre and Mobility Hub, and continues to evolve as a preferred destination for creative learning, memorable events, and unique experiences at the heart of a vibrant, connected, and engaged community.


Shauna Muir
Coordinator, Communications | Office of the CAO
905.420.4660 ext. 2134 | 1.866.683.2760