Parks Maintenance



graphics1The Town of Whitby Parks Section maintains approximately 950 acres of active parkland, including 125 parks and over 60 kilometres of trails throughout the Town. The work of the Parks Section includes providing grounds maintenance and general park maintenance services, adhering to Ontario's Cosmetic Pesticides Ban Act. Please view the park hours for the Town-operated parks and park facilities.

Grounds Maintenance

The grounds maintenance program provides grass cutting services for all parks, Town-owned or leased properties, and Town-maintained boulevards. Grounds maintenance services include:

  • Park and boulevard grass cutting on a 16-day cycle
  • Grass cutting of sports fields and high profile properties on an 8-day cycle
  • Grass cutting of designated hydro corridors and certain open spaces and other Town properties, three (3) times per year

Spring Update

The following is an update on our progress on maintenance of grass in parks and on Town-maintained boulevards:

  • Weather conditions this Spring caused a late start to the growing season followed by unusually rapid growth when the heat came in mid-May. 
  • Town staff and contractors are working hard, including evenings and weekends, to get to all parks, green spaces and boulevards completed as quickly as possible. Although we plan for a 12 day cutting cycle on our boulevards for the first 4 rounds of the year, rather than our 16 day cycle for the remainder of the year, this can still result in longer than normal grass until the growing slows down. 
  • The first cut of the year is always impeded by the removal of litter from the winter and election signs are another factor impeding our progress on boulevards this season. 
  • For safety reasons, we have to maintain the active sports fields and they have been cut several times. 
  • The first cut at all parks and boulevards has been completed.  The second cut is underway.  

General Parks Maintenance

The general parks maintenance program provides maintenance and upgrades to furniture, sports and play equipment, fencing, walkways, signage, curbing and other structures, for Whitby's 125 parks. Parks staff maintain 13 splash pads, 6 fieldhouse/washrooms, 2 lacrosse boxes, 115 playgrounds, and 28 tennis courts.

General maintenance services include:

  • Playground inspections
  • Playground and court surface repairs
  • Fieldhouse/washroom repairs
  • Vandalized equipment/structure repairs
  • Winter snow clearing
  • Garbage/litter cleanup
  • Special events
  • Trail maintenance

Sand Wasps in Playgrounds

Over the past several years there has been an increase in the populations of sand wasps in playgrounds in the Town of Whitby. Sand wasps (in the genus Bembix) prefer dry sandy soil, where they dig short tunnels into the ground to lay their eggs. Activity is at its peak in the hot and dry months of July and August, when many sand wasps may make their nests in the same sandy area, however they are not communal like other wasps.

Sand wasps are not aggressive, but will hover close to a person for the purpose of catching flies that are attracted to them. They feed their larva with these flies, including house flies and deer flies, and in the process help to control the populations of these pests. They rarely sting humans unless they are mishandled or stepped on, and they are never fiercely defensive.

We encourage you to take a moment to watch these industrious insects at work as they dig their tunnels, and appreciate the benefits they provide in controlling insect pest populations. 

Park & Park Facilities Hours  


Hours of Operation

Town Parks

April 1 to September 30: 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. *

October 1 to March 31: 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Sports Fields

May 1 to September 30: 6:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. *

*Parks with lighted sports fields open until 11:00 p.m.

Light curfew for lighted fields is 11:15 p.m.

Tennis Courts

Tennis nets are installed the first weekend in April.

Lights are in operation from the first week of May to the first week of October.

Splash Pads

Splash pads open from mid-June until Labour Day weekend, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Visit Public Notices in June for current dates and times.


First week of May to first week of October: 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Note: Operation dates may be altered slightly in extreme weather circumstances.