Parks, Forestry & Recreation
A city within a park
Toronto has more than 1,600 public parks and 600 km of trails. The parks system covers 8,000 hectares, or roughly 13% of the city's land area. It includes about 40% of Toronto's natural areas, many of which lie within the ravine system and along the Lake Ontario shoreline. City parks also feature beaches, playgrounds, sports fields, gardens, conservatories, ice rinks, special events and much more for you to enjoy.
Our much loved donkey Dusty passed away on November 24, 2014. With his lively personality and distinctive voice, Dusty was a Riverdale Farm favourite and will be missed by all.
Skating season is here! On November 22, 15 outdoor rinks opened for the season (weather permitting). This includes featured locations like Nathan Phillips Square, the new covered rink and skating path at Greenwood Park, and the skating trail at Colonel Samuel Smith Park. The City's 36 other outdoor rinks will open Saturday, November 29.Visit outdoor rinks for details.
Parks are our city's big backyards, providing people with shade, recreation and relaxation and creating important spaces for nature in the city. It's up to all of us to use common sense, practice good park etiquette and know the rules so that city parks remain healthy green spaces that are enjoyable for everyone.
Parks has installed a new plastic matting system to increase accessibility at Woodbine Beach Park and Centre Island Beach. The mats allow mobility devices to gain entry to the sand and access the water. Feedback from this pilot will help us determine whether this is a viable future option for beach accessibility in other waterfront park beaches.
Toronto's parks are more than just playgrounds and sports fields. They’re alive with plants and animals that rely on our green spaces for food, water and shelter. Each park has its own unique ecosystem and is part of the City’s larger network of migratory corridors. If you look closely, you can catch a glimpse of this wonderful world of nature just outside your door.
Thirsty? Well, we've got water for you! With the introduction of the City's Water Bottle Ban, we've committed to increasing water access in parks. Since 2012, we've installed water bottle fillers in 19 City parks locations: