June 12, 2020 – City of Toronto weekend update on services, amenities and ActiveTO
The City of Toronto is continuing to safely and gradually open services and amenities for residents to enjoy this weekend. Residents are reminded to follow public health advice to practise physical distancing or wear a face covering or non-medical mask to protect others when in settings where physical distancing cannot be maintained.
Below is a guide to which City services and amenities are open and which remain closed this weekend:
St. Lawrence Market
The outdoor season of the Saturday Farmers Market will begin on Saturday, June 13. Outdoor farmers will be located on Market Street between The Esplanade and Wilton Street. Other farmers will continue to operate inside the temporary market at 125 The Esplanade. Lineup areas for the indoor and outdoor farmers will continue to start on Market Street for entrance to both areas.
On Saturdays, the Farmers Market currently sees the highest number of customers early to mid-morning. Customers are strongly encouraged to wear a non-medical mask or face covering while shopping at the Market.
ActiveTO major road closures and Quiet Streets
More than 10 kilometres of ActiveTO Major Roads will again be closed this weekend, from Saturday, June 13 at 6 a.m. until Sunday, June 14 at 11 p.m.:
- Lake Shore Boulevard West (eastbound lanes only) from Windermere Avenue to Stadium Road. As a result, the eastbound Gardiner Expressway off ramp to Lake Shore Boulevard West (exit #146) will also be closed.
- Lake Shore Boulevard East (eastbound lanes only) from Leslie Street to just south of Woodbine Avenue (Kew Beach Avenue)
- Bayview Avenue from Front Street East to Rosedale Valley Road, and River Street from Gerrard Street East to Bayview Avenue.
Residents planning to use Major Road Closures should access them by bike or as a pedestrian as nearby parking is limited and there is no site parking available.
The City also announced that 65 kilometres of Quiet Streets are now available to local residents throughout the city in time for this weekend. Quiet Streets are shared neighbourhood streets for walking, running, biking and slow moving local traffic only.
An online map is available to residents with locations that have been installed as part of CurbTO for businesses (pickup zones and pedestrian zones) and installed ActiveTO locations for residents. Residents can view the map at toronto.ca/activeTO.
City parks and amenities
City park amenities open this weekend include:
- picnic shelters
- soccer and multi-use outdoor fields, including running tracks in parks
- baseball diamonds and basketball courts
- some public tennis courts and pickleball courts
- lawn bowling and outdoor bocce
- off-leash dog parks
- BMX locations and skateboard parks
- City-run golf courses and disc golf locations
- ravine green spaces, beaches, trails and boardwalks for walking, running or biking
- fishing with a licence, boating, kayaking and canoeing
If a resident arrives at a park that is crowded, they are advised to visit a different park or return at a later time when there are fewer people.
Park amenities that remain closed include some public washrooms, playgrounds, outdoor exercise equipment, swimming pools, fixed barbecues, wading pools and splash pads. Greenhouses, nurseries and conservatories, High Park Zoo, Riverdale Farm and farmers markets’ that typically operate in City parks or civic squares also remain closed.
Permits for soccer, multi-use fields and baseball diamonds continue to be cancelled. Individuals are not permitted to play team sports, such as soccer, basketball or baseball, even on fields or courts intended for this purpose unless they are members of the same household.
There is no public ferry access to Toronto Island Park. The ferry will continue running for Island residents only.
Toronto beaches remain open. Beaches are not closed under Province of Ontario’s Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. While Toronto beaches are open, there are no lifeguards on duty. Swimming without a lifeguard is not recommended.
As part of the SwimTO plan, lifeguards will return to six of Toronto’s swimming beaches on Monday, June 22. Lifeguards will supervise each location daily from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Public washroom facilities
More than 50 parks washroom sites are open to the public this weekend. An additional 150 washrooms are being opened in phases through mid-June. Staff have worked with Toronto Public Health on guidelines for the safe opening of washrooms and other amenities. In addition, the City has opened a number of facilities with showers, washrooms, and drinking water for all individuals in need of these services. A list of locations and health guidelines for washrooms are available on the City Services webpage.
Residents using public washrooms should maintain a distance of two metres or six feet from others at all times while waiting in line, and should wash hands or use hand sanitizer. It is also recommended that cloth face coverings are worn, especially when physical distancing is difficult.
Park parking lots
Most Toronto Parks’ parking lots in City parks are open this weekend. Three lots will remain closed: Sir Casimir Gzowski, Sunnyside and Woodbine. The parking lot at High Park continues to be closed on weekends.
The City’s website is updated daily with the latest health advice and information about City services, social supports and economic recovery measures. Check toronto.ca/covid-19 for answers to common questions before contacting the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Hotline or 311.