Please Note: June 29, 2021 - The City is issuing picnic and fire pit permits for gatherings of 25 people or fewer for June 30, 2021 and onwards. 

For more information, visit the City website

Any gathering of 25 people or a gathering that requires a designated "picnic" site must have a permit. A social gathering is considered a private event. 


  • NOT all sites are equipped with BBQ's. If the site has a BBQ you are permitted to use it.
  • Permits are not issued for picnics at City beaches.

Permits for the season can be booked on a first come first served basis starting the first working business day in January of that year.

Certain parks have designated picnic spots and charcoal bbq pits to accommodate large groups. A map of the park with the designated areas can be obtained when you speak to permit staff.

Permits - special events - in City parks or facilities - selling of food & beverages - alcohol - picnic tables

How to obtain a permit:
By calling the Parks Forestry and Recreation permit line, or in person at Etobicoke, North York & Scarborough Civic Centres or at City Hall. Permit fees can be made by credit card at the time of booking. Confirmation of booking will be faxed or emailed to applicants for a signature. The confirmation must be returned by the end of the day. For more information, please visit the City of Toronto website.

For information on fees, please visit the City of Toronto website.

Permit Restrictions:

  1. No amplified music, DJ sound system, mega phones or microphones
  2. Park in designated parking areas only, parking on grassy areas is not permitted.
  3. All access roads are restricted to park staff only.
  4. Sale of food/items, goods and services, fundraising is not permitted.
  5. Tables, BBQs and parking cannot be guaranteed.
  6. No balloons or decorations. Banners and signage is not permitted and nothing is to be tied to a tree.
  7. No inflatable games, bouncy castles, dunk tanks, generators, tents, tarps, canopies and beach or patio umbrellas.
  8. Catering is subject to Park Supervisor approval
  9. No Alcohol
  10. Please note that fire pits require liability insurance in the amount of two million dollars naming the City of Toronto as additional insured.


  • it is recommended that you arrive to your picnic area(s) booked for Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays by 10:00 am.
  • if you arrive at your permitted site, and it is occupied, present your permit and explain that you have the site reserved. In these situations, most people will leave the area. If you encounter resistance, and the individuals will not vacate the permitted area, please contact 311, and Parks staff will be contacted.

Permit cancellation, refunds, transfers
All confirmed bookings are non-refundable and non-transferable.  If a facility is closed by the City due to severe weather or emergency maintenance, the City will work to relocate the booking or provide a credit or refund to the permit holder.

Kidstown Water Park
Parks, Forestry & Recreation will only issue a refund or reschedule your booking if the City of Toronto must close the water park due to extreme weather conditions.  Our staff will attempt to reschedule your group based on availability. Cancellations must be sent via email with at least 3 weeks notice of the booked date.