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Parks Maintenance & Regulations

The City works to maintain the beauty and safety of our parks and asks that park users abide by park regulations.

Park Regulations

Please help maintain the beauty and safety of City-owned parks by following these regulations. The following are highlights from the Parks Use By-law based on popular topics:

  1. Dogs must be kept on leashes in all parks, and dogs are not allowed on beach areas at waterfront parks. Note the Animal Control By-law requires owners to clean up after their dogs within full City limits.
  2. Golfing is not permitted in City parks.
  3. Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in parks.
  4. Motorized vehicles (snowmobiles, motor bikes, automobiles etc.) are not permitted in parks. Irresponsible vehicle users can do tremendous damage to our lovely parks and natural areas.
  5. Propane appliances are not permitted in any parks.
  6. Charcoal cooking appliances are permitted at inland (not waterfront) parks but are not to be left unattended and the user must have a source of extinguishing available and method to remove coals from the park.
  7. Campfires are not permitted at any parks.
  8. Setting off or discharging fireworks is not permtted within parks, unless authorized.
  9. Barbeques and other cooking appliances are not permitted, whether lighted or not, within waterfront parks unless specfically authorized by the City. The use of designated community-use barbeques erected or installed by the City (in Tyndale Park and Centennial Park) is permitted. No person shall dispose of or deposit community use barbeque coals in any waste container or any other location other than those designated for their safe disposal. Please comply with rules listed on Community BBQ Rules signs.
  10. Unless specifically authorized by the City, tents or sunshades are not permitted within a waterfront park unless such tent or sunshade is solely supported by no more than one pole and having no more than one wall or side (exception: Little Lake Park).
  11. No person shall enter, use or remain within a public park for the purpose of overnight sleeping between the hours of 11pm of one day and 5am of the following day.

Please refer to full Parks Use By-law for a full list of regulations pertaining to City-owned parks.

Booking a Park or Pavilion

The City does not issue permits or reserve parks/pavilions for private functions (weddings, birthday parties, corporate picnics, etc.). Though access is available for private functions, no private event can be officially booked within a city park; therefore there's no guarantee the park won't be in use by another group.

A permit is required to host a public event on municipal property.  If hosting an event open to the public, please contact the Special Events Office for information about the permit process: 705-739-4285 or

Parks Maintenance

Parks Operations is responsible for the maintenance of Barrie's parkland, natural open space areas and trails. General maintenance information is outlined below.


Parks Operations' Forestry Section maintains an inventory of 32,327 boulevard street trees, parks trees in 117 parks totaling 625 acres and trees in 36 open space locations totaling 2,190 acres.

This Section responds to approximately 1,200 work orders for tree issues per year and removes on average 200 trees. The preventative maintenance programs consist of street tree pruning, tree inspections, tree preservation, integrated pest management and tree fertilization to ensure that the City of Barrie’s trees are safe and healthy. Forestry staff responds to after hour emergencies to remove trees or branches that have been knocked down during wind storms throughout the year.


Parks Operations' Horticulture Section maintains 308 hanging baskets and 209 flower barrels in the downtown areas along with the 39 planter locations and 50 park flower beds. All of the plant material—totaling 270,000 annuals for these displays—are grown by staff in the five City Greenhouses and planted out in early June. The maintenance of the waterfront parks and washroom facilities, beach and shoreline restoration and boulevard shrub beds are all part of this sections responsibilities. The greenhouses are also used to grow the poinsettias, forced bulbs, begonias, and the foliage plants that decorate City Hall and other City facilities.

The annual Communities in Bloom competition that the City of Barrie enters into each year is co-ordinated through the Horticulture Section. The Parks Section has been successful in maintaining a 5-Bloom rating for many years.

Turf & Trail Maintenance

Parks Operations' Turf Maintenance Section maintains the turf in the 117 parks totaling 625 acres, 40 gore locations, 24 boulevard locations totaling 36 kms, and 20 municipal facilities. With the restrictions on pesticide use on municipal property the use of many cultural practices including aeration, over seeding, topdressing and fertilization are used to keep the turf in the parks healthy.

This Section maintains the many trails through the parks including the waterfront trail, the North Shore Trail, The Great Trail and the Nine Mile Portage Trail. The 2190 acres of open space in the City have many minor trails along with the 2 dog off-leash recreation areas that are located adjacent to Sunnidale Park and the Sadlon Arena valleyland. Debris pickup and collection is a continual task especially during the summer season when the parks are used from dawn to dusk.

Sports Fields & Playgrounds

Parks Operations Sports Field and Playground Section maintains 49 soccer fields and 40 baseball diamonds that are in the parks and at the Barrie Community Sports Complex. This Section maintains 131 playground units, tennis courts and beach grooming.

The inspection and maintenance of the playground units is completed on a continual basis throughout the year to ensure the safety of the public. The structures are checked for compliance to CSA playground standards, deficiencies due to wear and tear and vandalism, and the surfaces are loosened to prevent injuries due to falls.

The sports fields receive an extensive Plant Health Care Program to ensure that they are in top shape and are able to withstand all of the use from the sports and school groups. Staff implement a wet field policy during periods of inclement weather to prevent field damage and to protect the players from injuries.

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