Dog park open, tennis courts soon, as rules evolve

Household groups of up to five people can enjoy the park together, while maintaining six feet of physical distance from others.

The City of Toronto has revised its public health rules governing parks in the midst of the coronavirus crisis. At Sorauren Park, that means the off-leash dog park is now open, with the tennis courts opening by May 23 or soon afterwards.

Casual use of the soccer field and baseball diamond are allowed, for example by a family or household group. But no organized sports or games are permitted. No park permits are being issued.

At Charles G. Williams Park across the street, the basketball court is similarly open for casual use like shooting hoops, but no team games. The playground remains closed.

Household groups may have a picnic in the park or spread out on a blanket. Physical distancing must be respected, by staying at least six feet away from other people not in your household. Fines may be issued for violations.

Complete rules are posted on the City website and regularly updated as the province also changes its regulations.

The Friends of Sorauren Park encourages everyone to follow the public health rules while enjoying the park. Please dispose of any trash in the park’s trash and recycling bins to keep our park clean.

The Friends also encourage all park users to support the many local businesses who have supported the park over the years, and are now struggling through the crisis. You can see a full list of park supporters here.

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