Business in the Park

Business in the Park

Thursday, August 27, 2020

City invites businesses to submit proposals for Business in the Parks Pilot Program
Tuesday, August 25, 2020

(Barrie, ON) – Eligible businesses can now submit a proposal to book outdoor space at Meridian Place or the Kiwanis Pavilion (Southshore Park) to operate their regular business activities as part of the City of Barrie's Business in the Parks Pilot Program.

Allowing local organizations to operate in public parks provides new opportunities for businesses to maximize capacity and introduce new avenues for revenue generation. The idea for the pilot program came about after consultations with the business community as part of the City's Economic Recovery Action Plan.

Program Highlights:​

The pilot program will run from September 8 to October 31, 2020. Booking fees are $75 + HST for a half day and $100 + HST for a full day booking.

Eligibility criteria for the program includes:

· The business is registered in the City of Barrie;

· The activity must operate in a closed format (i.e. participants have to pre-register to participate) — this may include private dance instruction, art workshops, fitness or music classes, or other similar activities;

· The business provides proof of insurance for their commercial operation from an insurer licensed to do business in Ontario, and the corporation of the City of Barrie must be named as an additional insured;

· The activity cannot be based around serving or preparing food, beverages (including alcohol) or cannabis products.

Eligible businesses must submit their proposals 10 business days prior to their requested date for consideration. Before final permit approval, the City requires the business to provide a COVID-19 safety plan that meets the guidelines set by the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

Barrie businesses are invited to view the full eligibility requirements and submit a proposal at Business in the Parks at