Some recreation programs require proof of full vaccination in order to participate. Find out who this affects and what is required on COVID-19: Proof of Vaccination.

Online bookings will require that the permit holder be responsible for screening for proof of vaccination at the point of entry.

Stay up-to-date on all changes to City services.

During COVID-19

Toronto Public Health has created guidelines for the use of park and recreation facilities during COVID-19:

About One-Time Booking of Park & Recreation Facilities

If your gathering or event includes:

  • the sale or service of alcohol;
  • serving food to the public;
  • amplified sound over 85 decibels;
  • structures or other more complicated elements;

your booking is not simple and requires a Special Event Booking.

You need to make a booking with our team if you:

  • are planning a picnic, birthday party or other social gatherings in a park that involve more than 25 people, or
  • you want to ensure you have a specific area of a park designated for your gathering,

These bookings can include:

  • designated picnic areas
  • picnic shelters
  • designated fire pits
  • outdoor ovens
  • barbeques

Booking Timeline

The priority picnic booking date that typically takes place in early January has been postponed. We look forward to opening up booking availability for picnics later in the 2021 season. Should you have questions or concerns please contact or call 416-396-7378.

Season: May to September 30, from  10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.

How to book a park or facility for your social gathering

Two ways to book:

  1. Book online – picnics and firepits only
  2. Call Booking – Customer Service to find an available location and to provide your information

Pay the applicable fee to confirm your booking. An insurance fee may also be required.

Important information

  • Fire pit bookings can be completed easily if there is a designated fire pit in your park. These are inspected by Fire Services every year. If your park does not have a designated fire pit, an additional form, inspection, and fee will be required.
  • Outdoor ovens are available for booking all year long.
  • Only charcoal or briquettes may be used in the permanent barbeques located in Toronto’s parks.
  • Read General Terms & Conditions for etiquette and other rules

Visit Wedding Ceremonies and Commercial Photography in Parks for information on booking photography sessions in parks and conservatories.

For booking space in community centres or other recreation facilities, contact the location directly. Visit Recreation Centres for a listing of all community/recreation centres.

City parks, conservatories and recreation centres are shared spaces that are meant to be enjoyed by all. We know it is fun to take pictures and record the experience and memories of your visit, but please make sure you also respect the privacy, safety and accessibility of other patrons while you are capturing that perfect shot.

Advanced booking is required for commercial or formal photography such as an extended photo shoot or wedding photography, where the set-up, equipment or staging requires exclusive use of space or inhibits the use of the space by other visitors. Without a booking City staff may ask you to leave if they feel you are interfering with the use of the facility by other visitors. Read General Terms & Conditions for etiquette and other rules.

2021 Pumpkin Parades

Show off your pumpkin creations in person at a park on November 1, 2021.  There will be a few extra precautions in place this year in order to comply with provincial orders and guidance from Toronto Public Health and to help keep everyone safe.

  • Event organizers are asked to preschedule attendees to ensure only 100 attendees at any given time
  • Designate and manage entry and exit points
  • Physical distancing of at least two meters must be maintained
  • Only select park locations will be available
  • Parks must remain clean of garbage and debris

Applications closed on October 8, 2021.

Arts, music and movie nights in Toronto’s parks can be booked for free, and these bookings can be completed in less than a week if you are booking one of our pre-approved locations.

To book an art, music or movie night in a park

  1. Complete the Arts and Music at Parks Application
  2. Email the application to

Please wait until you have confirmed your booking before advertising your event. A $29.00 cancellation fee will apply to all events cancelled with less than 1 week written notice.


You are required to have insurance. A one-time insurance policy is available through City of Toronto for music events and movie nights. These range from $25 to $100 and is based on the number of participants.

Important things to know

  • You may sell your music, art or related promotional items or collect donations passively during booked events
  • You may only use a generator to amplify music and the noise of the music and/or the generator does not exceed 85 decibels.
  • Signage and sponsorship are allowed for events booked in parks. Some additional rules apply. Talk to customer service for more information.
  • Read General Terms & Conditions for etiquette and other rules

To book a gymnasium, kitchen or multi-purpose room in your local community recreation centre:

  1. Find a location by using our recreation centre listing or recreation centre map
  2. Contact the recreation centre directly to confirm availability and to book the space
  3. Pay your fees to complete the booking. Depending on
    • the type and rating of the facility
    • the age and residency of participants
    • if your booking is in prime time or not

    booking fees range from free to $400 per hour.

The listing for each centre includes contact information, as well as a facilities tab that outlines the rooms, kitchens, gymnasiums and other facilities available for booking.


You can book ice time, pools, courts, fields or other recreation facilities for birthday parties, social events or to just to play a game with friends or family. Read General Terms & Conditions for etiquette and other rules.

How to book


Book a tennis court, arena or sports field online if you need it within the next 14 days. If the location or date you are looking for is unavailable online, follow the instructions below.

Other ways to book

  1. Find a location on our facility listings or map
  2. Call Booking – Customer Service to see if the facility is available for your preferred date and time.
  3. Complete the one-time space use form and submit it to the customer service team
  4. Pay your fees to complete the booking. Depending on
    • the type and rating of the facility
    • the age and residency of participants
    • if your booking is in prime time or not

    booking fees range from free to $400 per hour.

Ice Availability

You can search for available ice time online during the season. You can also use Additional Ice time for Sale listings for both seasonal and spot booking. Other forms may be required.

Search Additional Ice time for Sale

Outdoor ovens can be reserved by groups hosting an event or program or by individuals for their own use.

Application Timeline

  • Available all year round, from  8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • The application must be completed at least 1 week in advance of the booking date
  • Payment must be paid in full for the booking being completed

How to book an outdoor oven

Step 1: Contact the Park Supervisor

You must contact the local site supervisor to review any requirements for your booking. This includes what tools you’ll need, if any tools are available, if staff need to be hired, how much firewood you’ll need and more.

Step 2: Submit an Application

  1. Complete the Outdoor Oven in a City Park application
  2. Submit the form using one of the methods indicated on the application

You can also call Booking – Customer Service to find an available location and to provide your information.

Step 3: Pay Fees

Visit Booking Fees for Social Gatherings for all fees.

General liability insurance naming the City of Toronto as an additional insured, with a minimum of $2 million coverage, is required. If the applicant does not have this insurance, they may be able to purchase coverage. Visit Booking Fees for Social Gatherings.

Payment is required in full before a permit will be issued.

Using the outdoor oven

At least one member of the group who attends the event must be trained on the proper use of an outdoor oven. If you don’t want to operate the oven at their event, you can hire staff at your own cost to operate the oven.

If food will be served and/or sold to members of the public, you must meet all safe food preparation and handling requirements set out by Toronto Public Health.

Read General Terms and Conditions for etiquette and other rules.

Kidstown is the only water park operated by the City of Toronto and has three picnic areas for birthday parties and other events.

Each picnic area seats 25 people.

Application Timeline

  • Season: mid-June to the Sunday of Labour Day weekend
  • Booking time slots:
    • 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    • 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    • 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

How to book

Go online and choose the Picnics & Firepits tab to find Kidstown booking options

If you need more information please call Booking – Customer Service.

Playground Paradise is not currently accepting party bookings.

Party Bookings

Party times are available on Saturday and Sunday only during the following times. Alternate times are not available.

Packages are $189.60 each. Prices are subject to change without notice.

Package 1

  • 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. playground time
  • 3:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. party room time

Package 2

  • 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. playground time
  • 4:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. party room time

Package 3

  • 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. playground time
  • 5:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. party room time

Package 4

  • 6:15 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. playground time
  • 6:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. party room time

How to book a party

Call the Flemingdon Community Centre at 416-395-6014.

Important things to know

  • Private parties are limited to no more than 25 children
  • Parties must be booked 14 days in advance
  • The party room has a capacity of 40 people
  • Children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver who is at least 14 years of age, and one parent or caregiver must be present for every 25 children
  • Tables and chairs are available in the party room for your use
  • A microwave is available to heat any food that you may wish to bring
  • Payment of 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 and must be returned within the timeline outlined by staff
  • Permit holders are responsible for ensuring guests bring and wear socks while in the playground and follow all rules

Visit the Flemingdon Community Centre and Playground Paradise for drop-in times and general facility information.