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Park Etiquette

COVID-19 Response: Parks, Playgrounds and Dog Parks

Effective March 25, City-owned playground structures will close until further notice. This action was necessary because the shared surfaces people touch - especially playground equipment - should not be used right now for the health and safety of you and your family.

As we recognize the importance of getting fresh air and exercise each day, spaces including trails, dog parks and public squares remain open. Visitors must maintain a safe, two-metre (six feet) distance away from others using outdoor spaces. Consider outings by yourself or with just one other person at the appropriate distance. Sports fields should not be used for organized sports or play, and do not play any games, sports and activities, like soccer and shinny hockey, that put you in close contact with others. Visit saskatoon.ca/covid-19 for the latest information.

cyclist in a park

Park rules and regulations are in place to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all users.  Please follow them each time you visit.

  • All Saskatoon parks are open from 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight, with the exception of riverbank parks, which are open 24 hours daily. 
  • Follow the rules posted on signs.
  • Use the waste and recycling bins provided.  Clean up after yourself and leave the area as clean as you found it.
  • Dogs must be kept on leashes unless in a designated Dog Park. Always pick up after your dog.
  • If you use a BBQ, completely extinguish coals before leaving. Do not dump them as it is a fire and safety hazard.
  • Stay to the right on trails, pass on the left and remember that pedestrians always have the right-of-way.
  • Cyclists on trails follow the same rules: keep to the right, pass pedestrians on the left, use a warning bell and travel at a safe speed.
  • If parking lot(s) are full, be considerate when parking on nearby streets and obey streets signs and park in designated areas only. Do not park on the grass.
  • The Smoking Control Bylaw (Bylaw No. 8286) prohibits smoking or vaping in outdoor public places owned or operated by the City.  This includes parks and trails, playgrounds, sports fields, spray pads, outdoor paddling pools, skateboard sites, golf courses, tennis courts, dog parks, public squares and areas around civic buildings.  For more information, visit Smoke-Free Outdoor Public Places.   
  • During periods of run off from spring melt or heavy rain, keep away from park areas and trails where temporary water accumulation has occurred. 
  • Refrain from using fields when they are wet and soft, as turf can take a lot of time and resources to rehabilitate once damaged.
  • The City's storm water ponds may be used for recreational purposes; however, certain restrictions and conditions are in place to ensure the health and safety of the public.  For more information, visit Recreational Use of Stormwater Ponds.  
  • Stay a safe distance away from Parks maintenance staff performing mowing or trimming services.
  • Camping is not permitted in Saskatoon parks.
  • The use of metal detectors in parks is permitted for surface detection only.  No digging is allowed on park property as the holes can cause severe injury to park users.