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COVID-19 Update: Aurora to open select recreational facilities

Effective Tuesday, May 19, the Town of Aurora is permitting recreational use of tennis courts, basketball courts, sports fields, baseball diamonds, skateboard parks, pickle ball courts and the dog park. All outdoor picnic sites, benches and shelters in parks and recreational areas in Aurora are now open. Staff are working to prepare and open the skateboard parks over the next few days.

Excluded are water-play areas, playgrounds, play structures, washrooms and clubhouses. Also prohibited is the use of these facilities for organized sporting activities, such as football, softball, ball hockey, soccer, frisbee and basketball, as these activities do not allow for proper physical distancing.

Aurora’s trail system continues to be open. Open park spaces in Aurora were reopened on May 7 for activities such as catching or kicking a soccer ball, flying a kite or letting young children run around.

Public health guidelines will still apply according to the prohibitions under the current Provincial Order including the ban of organized public events, physical distancing of at least two-meters from non-household members during all outdoor activities and entry to and use of certain outdoor recreational amenities.

Examples of permitted activities for individuals from the same household in an open park space include:

  • Playing catch or kicking a soccer ball
  • Flying a kite
  • Exercising and stretching on a yoga mat, but not in a class
  • Letting young children run around

School board open spaces are still closed as this use is governed by the school boards. Sheppard's Bush will be reopening as of May 29 with restrictions. Please visit lsrca.on.ca for more details.

The Town of Aurora trails are open for use. Please practice physical distancing when using Aurora’s trails.

Aurora's Parks & Trails

Aurora has an extensive park and trails system and many natural areas that connect residents and visitors to nature and the community.

From landscaped public parks to environmentally sensitive river valleys meandering throughout the municipality and the Oak Ridges Moraine there is something for everyone.

The Town of Aurora currently manages over 62 parks encompassing more than 800 acres. Connecting many of the parks is a trail system of approximately 62 ​kilometres designed to accommodate joggers, hikers and cross country skiers. The Town is continuously working towards connecting our trails to the Regional trail system with trails that can take you all the way to East Gwillimbury to the North and Richmond Hill to the South and beyond.

View our Aurora Parks, Trails and Facilities interactive map.

As Aurora continues to grow and expand, so too, do our Parks and Trails. In the north eastern section of Aurora a wildlife park that will include trails, boardwalks and lookouts is currently under construction. Learn more below.

NEW! Aurora Wildlife Park

The first phase of the Aurora Wildlife Park construction is underway. Works include trail construction, boardwalks, fencing and planting of trees and shrubs. While this park is under construction we ask residents to respect the security fencing and signage, put in place for public safety.

Questions or concerns can be directed to the Parks Division, Operational Services, 905-727-3123 ext. 3227

About the Aurora Wildlife Park

The Aurora Wildlife Park will be a destination for people interested in bird watching and experiencing nature.

The parkland is a large corridor of grasslands, marsh and wetlands tucked between two housing developments in Aurora's 2B and 2C developments on the north side of Wellington Street East, between Bayview and Leslie Street. The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forests has designated the area as a Provincially Significant Wetland.

Guided by the Town of Aurora's Wildlife Park Feasibility Master Plan, over the next few years additional wildlife habitat will be constructed including three new controlled wetland cells (ponds) and the creation of a system of trails, bridges, boardwalks and several lookouts.

The Aurora Wildlife Park is based on a proposal developed by renowned local resident, Landscape Architect and Environmentalist, David Tomlinson.

In 1998, Mr.Thomlinson brought a full proposal including the design for this wildlife nature reserve in Aurora. Mr Tomlinson has been studying and monitoring these lands long before residential development arrived and has intimate knowledge of the flora and fauna residing on the lands. He developed a comprehensive plan which supports and enhances the natural ecology of lands and the animal life both residing and visiting this important habitat area. This plan was subsequently developed into the Feasibility Master Plan.

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