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, working with limited staffing, 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.  

Seaway Kiwanis Children’s Animal Farm

The Kiwanis Children’s Animal Farm, operated by the Sarnia & District Humane Society on behalf of the City, is opening sections of the farm for use August 14th 10am-3pm, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Capacity restrictions will apply.

Pools and Splash Pad

The Cox Youth Centre pool & Splash Pad are open August 1, 2020, until August 30th, 2020. These spaces will be open for public swim and splash, not for individual rentals.

Updates will be posted on our Facebook page and here: https://www.sarnia.ca/things-to-do/recreation-program-information/. information.

More information can be found here: https://www.sarnia.ca/public-swimming/

Parks and Beaches

All green spaces, beaches and trails are open for use. Lifeguarding services for Canatara Beach resumes from August 1 to August 30.

Playground equipment is now available for use.

Municipal Washrooms

The following public washrooms are open for use from 8am-8pm daily:

Mike Weir Park Restrooms

Blackwell Park Restrooms

Wildwood Park Restrooms

Kenwick Park Restrooms

Lawn Bowling Restrooms (Germain Park)

Lifeguard Building Restrooms (Canatara Park)

Rotary Restrooms (Canatara Park)

Children’s Farm Restrooms (Canatara Park)

Little Beach Restrooms (Canatara Park)

Agora Restrooms (Centennial Park)

Norm Perry Park Restrooms

Chaytor Field House Restrooms

Clearwater Park Restrooms

Ball Field Restrooms (Canatara Park)

Park washrooms that are associated with ball diamonds or sportsfields will be open on an as needed basis, when fields are reserved.


Sportsfields are currently open for family use, with limited maintenance. You may use these spaces at your own risk, while adhering to physical distancing protocols and group size limitations as set by the Province.

Sport field permits can now be issued for organized sports effective August 1, 2020. The issuance of permits can be completed by email to parksandrecreation@sarnia.ca or over the phone to 519-332-0330


Arenas are set to open as approved by Council on the following dates:

Progressive Auto Sales Arena Rink # 2 – August 4, 2020

Changes due to COVID:

Entrance will be through Gate 1. Please arrive no earlier than 20 minutes ahead of your scheduled ice time and leave shortly following your rental.

Please come dressed to play, as much as possible. Dressing room shower and washroom amenities will be closed, but dressing rooms will be assigned.

We have a limit of 50 people inside the building. We ask that each booking have no more than 30 participants on the ice, including coaching staff.

No more than 20 spectators will be allowed in the standing area of the lobby. This includes limited chairs that are available, and the end of the ice rink. Spectator benches are not available, to limited the amount of sanitizing needed between rentals, and to control physical distancing. We ask that only one parent or guardian per family be on site if possible. Visitors are asked to adhere to warning and directional signage. Masks are required as per the City of Sarnia Mask By-Law, except for on-ice activities.

Progressive Auto Sales Arena Rink # 1 – September 14, 2020

Clearwater Arena – September 14, 2020

Sarnia Arena – September 21, 2020

The issuance of permits can be completed by email to parksandrecreation@sarnia.ca or over the phone to 519-332-0330

Wedding & Picnic Inquiries

All picnic areas and shelters are currently open for use on a first come/first served basis. These spaces cannot be reserved at this time. Outdoor wedding spaces are closed until further notice.

Summer Camps & Swimming Lessons

Summer camps and swimming lessons will not be offered this year.

Strangway Centre

The Strangway Centre will remain closed until further notice. The health of our members is of utmost importance, and we will not re-open the centre or start programming again until we can do so safely.

Boat Launch

Inquiries can be directed to the Andrew S. Brandt Marina at Sarnia Bay: (519) 332-0533. More information and a link to their website can be found here: https://www.sarnia.ca/sarnia-bay-marina/.

Community Tennis & Pickleball Courts

 Courts located at Germain Park, Cathcart Park, Kenwick Park, Tecumseh and Linden Park will be Open for single and double use Tennis play.  The Blackwell Park Pickleball Hub is open for single and double use play between the hours of 8:30am – 3:00pm daily.  Signage will be in place at each facility.

Basketball Courts

Basketball courts at Newton, Norma Cox Youth Centre – Tecumseh Park and Baxter Park are available for use. 

Outdoor Furniture

Citizens can use picnic tables, benches or shelters, in parks or recreational areas provided that users adhere to physical distancing measures.  Shelters and pavilions are not currently being booked for gatherings.

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.
  • Avoid gatherings of more than 10 people (per provincial guidelines). Congregating in parks and other public spaces while physical distancing measures are in effect is not permitted.
  • 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.
  • Keep up with good hand hygiene, including washing your hands often with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.