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.  

Parks

All parks including green spaces, playground equipment and trails are open for use. Citizens can use picnic tables, benches or shelters, in parks or recreational areas provided that users adhere to physical distancing measures. 

For more information regarding City Parks, visit our webpage here.

Arenas

Due to Sarnia-Lambton moving to the Grey-Lockdown zone, all City of Sarnia arenas will be closed as of Monday, March 15th, 2021 at 12:01A.M.

For more information about Arenas, visit our webpage here.

Public Skating

Due to Sarnia-Lambton moving to the Grey-Lockdown zone, all City of Sarnia arenas will be closed as of Monday, March 15th, 2021 at 12:01A.M. Due to this restriction, all public skating sessions have been cancelled.

Strangway Community Centre

The Strangway Centre will remain closed for in-person programming until such time when we are able to return to the Orange-Restrict level or higher on the Provincial Framework for Re-Opening. During this time, we will continue to offer virtual recreation programming for adults in our community so that they are able to continue to stay active and engaged.

Registration is available online here.

For more information about the Strangway Centre, visit our webpage here.

Sports Fields & Ball Diamonds

The application process for the 2021 Sports Field and Ball Diamond season is currently underway. Staff are accepting tentative sports field and ball diamond applications from historical and new users at this time, per our annual booking process. Permits and rentals will not be issued while in the Grey-Lockdown.

All sports field and ball diamond rentals will need to meet the standards and guidelines of the Province’s COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open public health levels for Lambton, as well as their governing body.

For more information about Sports Fields and Ball Diamonds, please visit our webpage here.

Wedding & Picnic Shelters

With the current uncertainty around where Sarnia will be placed in the Provincial Framework this spring, the City is not permitting residents to book picnic shelters prior to June 1, 2021.

Staff continue to monitor the evolving situation and will return to the community in the coming weeks and should we still be in the red zone or have moved up to a more flexible zone, staff will open up bookings for these community spaces.

We are currently not accepting any new wedding rentals or holds. It is currently unclear how wedding rentals will be running this coming summer.

For more information about picnic shelters, visit our webpage here.

For more information about wedding shelters, visit our webpage here.

Germain Garden Plots

We currently do not have any garden plots available to rent, and therefore we will not be accepting any new requests at this time. Please revisit our webpage in April for more updates regarding garden plots. Typically, the garden plot season will run from May 1 – October 31.

For more information about Germain garden plots, visit our webpage here.

Basketball, Tennis & Pickleball Courts

All courts are closed for the season at this time. Signage will be in place at each facility.

Basketball courts at Newton, Norma Cox Youth Centre – Tecumseh Park and Baxter Park are closed for the season. 

Municipal Washrooms

The following washrooms are open daily 8am – 3:30pm:

Centennial park – Agora

Canatara park – Animal Farm

Canatara Park – Rotary Restroom

The Lawrence House Centre for the Arts

The Lawrence House is currently closed to the public due to the pandemic restrictions and has plans to re-open in early April, pending regulations at the time. 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.

Seaway Kiwanis Children’s Animal Farm

The Seaway Kiwanis Children’s Animal Farm is closed to the public until further notice. Please view the most recent updates on their Facebook page here.

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.