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.

Arenas

Upon completion of final programming on Thursday, December 24, 2020, Sarnia arenas will be closed until January 23, 2021. Refunds will be made available for those who paid for ice time during this time.  

Strangway Community Centre

Strangway will be closed after programming ends on Thursday December 24, 2020, and all winter programming is cancelled. 

The Lawrence House Centre for the Arts The Lawrence House will be closed to the public effective December 24, 2020. The online gift shop is still in operation. Preparations will be made to provide curb-side pick-up for the Floyd Gibson intake on January 30, 2021 should the lockdown extend past January 23, 2021.   

Seaway Kiwanis Children’s Animal Farm

The Seaway Kiwanis Children’s Animal Farm will be closed to the public starting December 24 at 1pm until further notice.

2020-2021 Public Skating

Visit this page for more information on Public Skating: https://www.sarnia.ca/public-skating/

Municipal Washrooms

The following washrooms are open daily 8am – 7pm:

Centennial park – Agora

2 at Canatara park – Animal Farm and Sandy Lane Entrance (Picnic Area 1)

Germain park – Lawn Bowling

Blackwell park

Kenwick park

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

Sportsfields

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.

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.

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 – 7:00pm 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.