When was this Parks By-law approved and who approved it?

    The Parks By-law (By-law 5306-21) was approved by Council on March 22, 2021.

    What is the purpose of a Parks By-law?

    This By-law is intended to regulate the use of municipally owned parks by establishing rules for the shared public use and enjoyment of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s parks and green spaces, and to support the protection of the natural environment.

    Has the Town always had a Parks By-law?

    No. This is the Town’s first stand-alone Parks By-law.

    Which parks does this By-law apply to?

    The Parks By-law applies to all municipally owned parks. Please click here for a complete list of municipally owned parks.

    What time do parks open and close?

    Hours of operation vary between park locations. Please click here for a complete list of parks, their addresses, and hours of operations.

    What should I do if I see someone in a park outside of the hours of operation?

    If the public is concerned by activity within a park outside of the permitted hours of operation, they are asked to call the Niagara Regional Police Non-Emergency number at 905-688-4111.

    What has this By-law changed with respect to fires and barbecues?

    Fire and barbecues are not permitted within Town parks. Park visitors are not permitted to light, build, or stoke a fire or bonfire or use a portable barbecue, without a permit. Permits will only be issued for Special Events. Click here to learn more about Special Events permits.

    What has this By-law changed with respect to tents and shade structures?

    Tents and shade structures are not permitted within Town parks, without a permit. An exemption applies for shade shelters for young children in the care of a parent/guardian. Permits will only be issued for Special Events. Click here to learn more about Special Events permits.

    Can I use a metal detector in Town parks?

    No. The use of a metal detector in Town parks is not permitted, as it may potentially disrupt items of archeological significance or historical artifacts under the ground.

    Is alcohol permitted in Town parks?

    No. Alcohol is not permitted in any public parks.*

    In Ontario, it is an offence to consume alcohol in any place other than a residence or licensed premise. Alcoholic beverages are prohibited as per Section 31, sub-section 2, of the Liquor Licence Act of Ontario which reads as follows: “No person shall have or consume liquor in any place other than a residence, premises in respect of which a licence or permit is issued; a private place as defined in the regulations; or despite any designation of a place made under section 35 and subject to the regulations,  a public place designated by a by-law made by the council of a municipality.

    *Alcohol consumption may, in some circumstances, be permitted through a Special Events Permit.  Click here to learn more about Special Events permits.

    How is this By-law being enforced?

    Town Staff is committed to educating the public on the regulations outlined in this By-law. By-law Staff will follow up to complaints made regarding contraventions to this By-law and ask the individual(s) to immediately stop the activity constituting tor contributing to such contravention. If necessary, individuals in contravention of the By-law will be asked to leave the park immediately.

    Every person who contravenes any provision of this By-law is guilty of an offence and is liable upon conviction to a fine and any other penalties imposed pursuant to the Provincial Offences Act, R.S.O. 1990, c.P.33, as amended or any successor thereto. Information relating to specific fines can be found in Schedule A of By-law 5306-21.

    How do I lodge a complaint?

    Members of the public looking to report contraventions to the Parks By-law can do so in one of the following ways: 

     After-hours complaints or urgent issues can be reported by calling the Niagara Regional Police Service's non-emergency line at 905-688-4111.