Park Use By-law Update

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The Town of Collingwood Parks Recreation and Culture Department is undertaking an update to its Park and Facilities By-law and is looking to the community to provide feedback.

Town parks and greenspaces Town parks and greenspaces provide an enhancement to mental health, opportunities to benefit from nature, and to participate in active living. Town staff take great pride in providing these spaces and seeing the positive effects they have on our community.

The existing Park By-law (85-20) was last updated in 1985 and is in need of being updated to reflect current park use. In consideration of the community’s input over the past year, staff have completed a comprehensive review and are proposing this new By-law to better reflect the standards for all Town parks, both inland and waterfront. The By-law will provide general regulations related to park and facility use, permitted activities and overall allowances within the parks.


Park Use By-law Update

Purpose:

The purpose of the Park and Facilities By-law is to protect, maintain and enhance its parks, open spaces and other publicly owned land and related facilities for the safety and shared enjoyment of all members of the public and to protect and enhance the natural environment. This includes areas within parks, water areas, trails and park buildings.

Highlights of Draft By-law:

Proposed Updates

While public input is encouraged on any or all portions of the draft policy, the following proposed rules have been specifically highlighted for public review:

  • Barbeque Use. Staff recommend that BBQs are permitted in designated areas only. This will provide park users the experience of cooking while providing distance from other park users as well as protecting the natural environment with proper disposal containers.

  • Tents and Shade structures. Staff recommend permitting only those structures that are supported by one pole and have no more than one wall. This will help prevent people from taking up large amounts of space but will still allow people to be protected from the elements.

  • Hours of Operation. Staff recommend that no person shall remain or enter a park from 11:00 pm to 5:00 am.


There will also be updates to how Parks are operated this summer, including the addition of additional parks staff who will wear high visibility shirts, and more restroom open to the public. Under a separate report, Council is considering a move of the resident parking and the continuation of paid parking at Sunset Point for non-residents.

The public is encouraged to complete the survey to provide their feedback by April 27th. Once the two-week public input phase is complete, staff will compile the comments received and will report back to Council, on the final proposed policy update and associated operational changes.





The Town of Collingwood Parks Recreation and Culture Department is undertaking an update to its Park and Facilities By-law and is looking to the community to provide feedback.

Town parks and greenspaces Town parks and greenspaces provide an enhancement to mental health, opportunities to benefit from nature, and to participate in active living. Town staff take great pride in providing these spaces and seeing the positive effects they have on our community.

The existing Park By-law (85-20) was last updated in 1985 and is in need of being updated to reflect current park use. In consideration of the community’s input over the past year, staff have completed a comprehensive review and are proposing this new By-law to better reflect the standards for all Town parks, both inland and waterfront. The By-law will provide general regulations related to park and facility use, permitted activities and overall allowances within the parks.


Park Use By-law Update

Purpose:

The purpose of the Park and Facilities By-law is to protect, maintain and enhance its parks, open spaces and other publicly owned land and related facilities for the safety and shared enjoyment of all members of the public and to protect and enhance the natural environment. This includes areas within parks, water areas, trails and park buildings.

Highlights of Draft By-law:

Proposed Updates

While public input is encouraged on any or all portions of the draft policy, the following proposed rules have been specifically highlighted for public review:

  • Barbeque Use. Staff recommend that BBQs are permitted in designated areas only. This will provide park users the experience of cooking while providing distance from other park users as well as protecting the natural environment with proper disposal containers.

  • Tents and Shade structures. Staff recommend permitting only those structures that are supported by one pole and have no more than one wall. This will help prevent people from taking up large amounts of space but will still allow people to be protected from the elements.

  • Hours of Operation. Staff recommend that no person shall remain or enter a park from 11:00 pm to 5:00 am.


There will also be updates to how Parks are operated this summer, including the addition of additional parks staff who will wear high visibility shirts, and more restroom open to the public. Under a separate report, Council is considering a move of the resident parking and the continuation of paid parking at Sunset Point for non-residents.

The public is encouraged to complete the survey to provide their feedback by April 27th. Once the two-week public input phase is complete, staff will compile the comments received and will report back to Council, on the final proposed policy update and associated operational changes.