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​Business in the Parks   

Pilot Program: September 8 to December 31, 2020

The idea for this program came about after consultations with the business community as part of the City’s Economic Recovery Action Plan. The program provides new opportunities for businesses to maximize their capacity and introduce new avenues for revenue generation.

Through this program, businesses can book time to use the outdoor space at Meridian Place or the Kiwanis Pavilion at Southshore Park for their business activities, operating in a closed format (i.e. participants have to pre-register to participate in the activity).

Apply Online

Interested businesses who meet the below criteria are invited to apply online to book a park. Eligible businesses must submit applications 10 business days prior to their requested date for consideration.

City staff will review each proposal for eligibility requirements and follow up with the business to take them through the permitting process. Only after the permit is granted is the application considered approved.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Your business is registered in the City of Barrie;
  • Your activity must operate in a closed format (participants have to pre-register to participate, for example, private dance classes, yoga classes, etc.);
  • Your business can provide a COVID-19 safety plan that meets the guidelines of the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit. This is necessary to have in place before final permit approval;
  • You can provide proof of insurance for your commercial operation from an insurer licensed to do business in Ontario. Note, the corporation of the City of Barrie must be named as an additional insured;
  • Your activity cannot be based around serving or preparing food, beverage (including alcohol) or cannabis products.

Hours of Operation

The hours of operation for the program are 7am–9pm, with one hour before and after each booking for set up and take down.


Half-day booking (6 hours)$75 + HST
Full-day booking (12 hours)$100 + HST

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