The City of Ottawa operates and maintains roughly 4,300 hectares of parkland at over 1,300 sites, including 2,000 play structure components.

Are you holding a special event or family reunion? The City’s parks are a great outdoor alternative to being inside. Parks are open daily from 6 am to 11 pm, unless otherwise posted. People in a park while it is closed may be subject to a fine.


Not all parks have parking lots. Some charge an hourly fee for parking. If you choose to park on the street, obey all street signs.


Without a permit, you can only barbeque in designated areas. A designated area has a free standing barbeque pit.

To bring your own propane barbeque to use in a non-designated area, you must obtain a park permit by calling 613-580-2595 or emailing sends e-mail). Barbeques must be kept at least five meters away from any structures.

Innes Ward is blessed to be surrounded by some of the best greenspace in the city. The NCC protected Greenbelt, the Prescott-Russell Trail, the Mer Bleue Bog, The Hornet’s Nest Recreation Area, Forest Valley Trails, Ski Heritage East Paths, the list goes on and on! 

Innes Ward has also seen the redevelopment or addition of several new parks in our neighbourhood.

  • Renewal of the play equipment at Ruisseau Park
  • The Blackburn Hamlet Splash Pad for 2021
  • August Park opened in September 2019
  • Champagne Park opened in July 2019
  • Renewal of Spring Valley Trails Park
  • A new bench on Carriere
  • The full renovation of the Blackburn Arena
  • New benches in Chapel Hill South – Brian Coburn Blvd & Page Rd
  • The upcoming renewal of the Carriere Park play equipment

Our shared greenspaces are an integral part to what makes our community an inviting place to live and raise our family.