MISSISSAUGA: With the arrival of spring weather and more residents using City parks, it’s important that everyone follow park etiquette.
The City of Mississauga is reminding all park users to respect City parks, trails, natural areas, sports fields and other commonly used spaces.
Users should follow the rules posted on signs and the City’s Parks By-law to help make these spaces safe and enjoyable for all. Peel Public Health guidelines should also be followed to help reduce the spread of COVID-19.
“It’s important that residents continue to focus on their wellbeing by doing things like visiting our parks and green spaces, exercising and staying healthy while following current public health measures,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie
“My hope is that residents understand how valuable these resources are and treat them with care so we can all continue to use them for many years to come.”
The City’s Parks Operations section maintains 3,162 hectares (7,812 acres) of parkland—including more than 500 parks, 373 sports fields, over 300km of trails, 265 play sites, 12 cemeteries and two marinas.
“Park rules and regulations are in place to ensure the safety and enjoyment for all users. Our staff work very hard to maintain the parks but we rely on residents to follow and respect the rules,” said Jodi Robillos, Director, Parks, Forestry and Environment.
“Parks are available to everyone and we need to respect these spaces by not littering and not vandalizing or destroying park amenities. Please also be considerate and kind to Parks staff. Lastly, if you arrive at a park, maintain proper physical distancing and if that park is busy, consider visiting a different one.”
In 2021, there continues to be a high trend of illegal dumping incidents in City parks. There has been a 662 per cent increase in illegal dumping in 2021 when compared to 2019.
Robillos added, “In addition to not littering or dumping household waste in our parks, we also ask residents to be respectful of the environment. This includes showing consideration to our plants and trees by resisting the urge to pick flowers or tree bark, trample on plants, collecting rocks from the shoreline or feeding the wild animals.”
When visiting a park, consider the following etiquette:
• Dispose trash properly in the waste or recycling bin
• BBQ in designated areas only and dispose of coals properly
• Pick up after dogs and keep dogs leashed
• Respect parks by not vandalizing amenities, leaving plants and trees alone and not feeding wildlife
• Be courteous to Parks staff
• Stay on the trails
• Only park in permitted areas at parks
For more information about the City’s parks and natural areas, visit mississauga.ca/parks.