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.
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:
Generally, park users don't smoke near sports fields and park amenities.
Recently, Toronto City Council approved changes to the bylaw that expands outdoor smoke-free areas. The new bylaw prohibits smoking on all City sports fields, swimming beaches and certain park amenities such as skateboard or BMX parks.
For more information, please read the amended bylaw.