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graphics1The Town of Whitby Parks Section maintains approximately 840 acres of active parkland, including 125 parks and over 75 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 

Trail Maintenance

There are over 75 kilometers of trails throughout the Town of Whitby’s parks and open spaces.

  • Trails are inspected monthly by a Parks Inspector, to identify hazards, unsafe conditions, and maintenance needs.
  • Where possible, areas adjacent to trails are left naturalized, to provide habitat for wildlife, including bees, birds, butterflies and other pollinators.
  • Periodically, when trees, shrubs and other vegetation start to encroach on the path, maintenance crews will come in to clear the pathways to maintain safety for pedestrians, cyclists and other trail users.
  • This may include mowing/trimming of long grass and weeds, and pruning/removal of trees and shrubs that are blocking the path and/or causing sight line issues.
  • Trimming and removals may seem aggressive, but are done in such a way to reduce the need for weekly or monthly maintenance.
  • Cleared areas, which can look severe, will re-establish and start to re-grow after a few weeks

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 15 splash pads, 6 fieldhouse/washrooms, 2 lacrosse boxes, 92 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

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  

Facility

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.

Fieldhouses/Washrooms

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.