We encourage the community to get outdoors and enjoy the beautiful parks, beaches and trails the City has to offer, however it remains imperative that citizens do not treat these spaces as destinations and avoid congregating or gatherings. It is also extremely important to keep in mind the orders and directives that remain in place, such as the requirement to maintain physical distancing, and proper hand hygiene.
The Parks and Recreation department, thank you for your continued patience, as we maintain our facilities. Anyone utilizing City amenities is asked to respect the location by keeping them clean and shareable with others, packing up any garbage brought and taking it home for proper disposal.
All patrons must adhere to physical distancing protocols and group size limitations as set by the Province. Please visit the Reopening Ontario website for further details.
Plans for the opening of any of our recreational spaces are always subject to change based on the state of the pandemic and the Steps of the Roadmap to Reopening. As such we appreciate everyone’s continued patience and support while we work our way through this new plan for the return of recreation in our Community.
Parks & Municipal Washrooms
All parks, playgrounds, skate and BMX parks and trails are open for use. Citizens can sit on benches and walk-through paths for passive use, and dog parks are open. Refer to the Parks and Trails page for more information on City park amenities.
All outdoor washrooms are currently open for the season, from 8am to 8pm. Refer to the Park Washrooms page for more information.
While our City Parks By-Law does not permit commercial activities, we encourage the community to use our park spaces for recreational use while following all public health measures and gathering limits applicable within the Roadmap to Reopen.
Outdoor Pool & Splashpad
The Cox Youth Centre opened Saturday, June 5 for FREE splash pad sessions and so far we have welcomed over 400 members of our community, even under reduced capacities, in the first 5 days to cool off in the early summer heat!
Included in Step One of the Roadmap is the opening of outdoor pools, so we look forward to opening the Tecumseh Pool in addition to our Splash Pad this Friday, June 11 pending a successful Lambton Public Health inspection. This will allow us to increase the capacity of the Centre to 75 including lifeguard staff and parents per free swim / splash session, while still adhering to restrictions limited to permit 2 metre physical distancing and operate under the guidance of Lambton Public Health.
Unfortunately, we will not be offering our Red Cross Swim Lesson program this summer due to the complexities in offering these sessions during the pandemic. We look forward to the return of these program offerings next season!
Refer to the Aquatics Facilities page for more information.
Sports Field & Multi-Use Courts
Tennis & Pickleball Courts: Bookings Start Friday June 11.
We continue to encourage members of the public to get out on our courts for recreational use, as courts are available to use at no charge on a first-come, first-serve basis (if not already booked). We will now offer booking opportunities for applicable courts as we enter Step One of the Roadmap.
Sports Fields & Ball Diamonds: Permits Start Friday June 11.
We will begin to permit sports field and baseball diamonds in line with Step One, Friday, June 11, 2021, when team training and individual sports are permitted. No more than 10 patrons and 1 or 2 (maximum) instructors / trainers may participate during this Step of the provincial re-opening. Further information and guidance from Lambton Public Health will be provided with these permits for user groups.
Refer to the Sports Fields & Multi-Use Courts page for more information.
Canoe & Kayak Launch
Boat and Kayak Launches are open for recreational use effective Saturday, May 22. Please adhere to physical distancing protocols and group size limitations as set by the Province. Refer to the Aquatic Facilities page for more information on the Canoe & Kayak Launch.
Recreation and Programming
Virtual programming is currently available for adults in the community, and registration can be done online. Refer to the Register Online page to register, and the Recreation Programming page for programming details.
Following Council direction to advance a YMCA pilot partnership to deliver kids camp this summer, staff are delighted to announce an agreement is now in place that will provide an opportunity for over 500 kids to attend summer camp under YMCA Leadership at both Camp Saredaca and Newton Park this summer. Details on registration and programming are currently being finalized, and will be viewable on our Recreation Programming page.
Picnic Pavilions & Spaces
All picnic spaces in City of Sarnia parks are available to use at no charge on a first-come, first-served basis (if not already booked). However, to guarantee a space is available, you have the option to book a rental within the designated picnic spaces in Canatara Park, Mike Weir Park, Kenwick on the Lake, and Wildwood Park.
We will begin taking optional bookings for these spaces starting Monday, June 14 with the availability to rent starting in Step Two of the Roadmap; currently an anticipated date of July 2, 2021, subject to change based on vaccination thresholds and continued improvements in other key public health system indicators.
All facility rentals must adhere to the Provincial outdoor gathering restrictions and regulations in place at the time of rental. Picnic spaces are booked per day, and one booking per pavilion or space will be allowed to ensure safe social distancing. Payment is due at the time of booking and will be accepted over the phone.
Refer to the Facilities and Outdoor Spaces page for more information regarding picnic and outdoor facilities.
Seaway Kiwanis Children’s Animal Farm
The Seaway Kiwanis Children’s Animal Farm is open to the public. Please view the most recent updates on their Facebook page.
The City has extended the cancellation of all public, outdoor, in person events on municipal property until additional direction can be provided and considered as part of Step Three of Ontario’s Roadmap to Reopen.
An update will be provided when the provincial regulations are released for Step Three, specifically with respect to outdoor gatherings and public health measures at this time.
All performing arts venues will also remain closed until Step Three, including the Suncor Agora, Germain Park Stage, and Canatara Park Bandshell. Staff are working with event organizers to provide alternative events where possible and encouraging organizers to transition to virtual options wherever possible. Private events are permitted, provided that the current gathering limits and regulations are followed.
Refer to the Community Lead Events page for more information.
Strangway Community Centre
The Strangway Centre remains closed until further notice. At this time, there is no timeline for the re-opening of Strangway Centre, however, virtual programming remains in place. We will provide updates as more information is available. During this time, we will continue to offer virtual recreation programming for adults in our community so that they are able to to stay active and engaged. Indoor recreational facilities are anticipated to be opened in Step Two of the Provincial Roadmap. Refer to the Strangway Community Centre website for more information. Registration is available online.
Arenas, and all indoor sport and recreational fitness facilities are included in Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen, which permits the resumption of indoor services with larger numbers of people, with restrictions in place.
We plan to re-open Progressive Auto Sales Arena for summer ice programming as soon as we enter Step Three. Further details regarding these plans will be brought forward as we approach Step Three, and as more information is available regarding the restrictions in place for these facilities.
Refer to the Arenas page for more information regarding operations. We are not accepting any individual rental requests until further notice.
Germain Garden Plots
All Garden Plots are rented for the season, if you’d like to be added to our waitlist for next season, please contact the Parks & Recreation Department. Refer to the Germain Garden Plots page for more information.
The Lawrence House Centre for the Arts
The Lawrence House is currently closed to the public until further notice. The online gift shop is still in operation. Please visit their website here for updates, to access the gift shop, participate in monthly literary initiatives, and more.
Health & Safety Reminders
- Continue to practice physical distancing by keeping a safe distance of at least two metres (approximately six feet) away from others.
- Consider using a face covering (non-medical mask such as a cloth mask or bandana) to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in areas where physical distancing may be challenging or not possible.
- Do not litter and place personal protective equipment, such as gloves or masks, into the garbage bin when done with them.
- Wash or sanitize your hands before and after visiting, avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
- Always sneeze and cough into your sleeve or a tissue to prevent further transmission of germs.
- Do not visit a park if you are not feeling well. Those who feel unwell, and believe they have symptoms related to COVID-19, should contact Lambton Public Health 519-383-8331.