Q. What is Kivi Park?
Kivi Park is a 12-month, 4-season attraction comprised of 480 acres of land and is a premier destination for outdoor health and wellness, sport and adventure. The park offers a 1.3km skate path through the forest, hiking, snowshoeing, fat biking, mountain biking and both classic and skate skiing trails. Canoeing, kayaking, and paddle boarding is also available at the Crowley Lake Outpost with options to portage to Linton Lake.
Q. What is new at Kivi Park?
We are pleased that Nina’s Way skating path is now fully lit and features a sound system. We have also opened two new warming cabins, have new washroom facilities, and have two amazing fireplaces for warming on those cold days.
Q. Why is Kivi Park introducing a fee for people to use the Park?
Kivi Park is a wonderful gift that has been given to the citizens of Sudbury through the generosity of Lily Fielding and her family. Kivi Park is a magnificent, four-season attraction covering 195 hectares (480 acres) on privately owned land, with 55 kilometres of walking, bicycling, snowshoe, skiing and skating trails, in addition to waterfront amenities and activities.
As you can imagine, it is quite expensive to maintain a facility of this size and scope, approximately $250,000 a year.
Up to now, Kivi Park has been maintained through the generosity of private donors. In order to ensure Kivi Park is enjoyed by citizens for generations to come, we are launching a whole new way of managing Kivi Park for the future.
We are transitioning to a non-for-profit organization governed by a Board of Directors drawn from prominent members of the community, with a new Executive Director who will be responsible for the daily management of Kivi Park. We’re also launching a new stewardship model that will include regular fundraising activities, sponsorship opportunities, and the introduction of a Kivi Pass for people who choose to use the park.
The Kivi Pass is available as an annual or a day pass, with different rates. All passes can be purchased on the Kivi Park website and children 10 years of age and younger will continue to enjoy Kivi Park for free. Our rates are comparable to other not-for-profit recreational facilities.
The introduction of a user pass is best practice among other similar recreational facilities such as skiing and snowmobile trails, swimming pools and tourist attractions. We’re asking our patrons who use and enjoy Kivi Park to contribute toward its ongoing maintenance and further development.
Q. How much is the Kivi Pass?
A Kivi Pass can be purchased annually or as a day pass. Here are the rates:
FREE: Children 10 and under
$ 50 Youth/Student Pass (11-18 years of age)
$ 100 Adult Pass
$ 240 Family Pass (up to 6 family members)
$ 90 Senior Pass (ages 60+)
$ 9 Day Pass (not required for those paying for rentals)
$ 25 Family Day Pass
Pay it Forward Passes are also available for those wishing to purchase a pass for themselves and to contribute to the Affordability Fund for those who do not have the means to purchase one.
Q. How do I get my Kivi Pass?
Kivi Passes must be purchased online. Once your payment has been received our team will mail you a physical pass within 2 weeks of purchasing. If you would like to visit the park before you receive your annual pass you can print your receipt to bring with you or show your receipt on your phone when asked at the park. Day passes will not receive physical passes.
Q. What if I can’t afford a Kivi Pass, will I still be able to use the park?
We’ve created an Affordability Fund through sponsorships and our Pay it Forward passes. People who do not have the means to pay can apply for the Fund on our website.
Q. What parts of Kivi Park are covered by the Kivi Pass?
All the parts of Kivi Park that are on private land will require a pass, including the network of trails, the waterfront amenities, and the playground area. Children 10 and under will continue to enjoy these facilities for free, but other family members or visitors will require a Kivi Pass. The parts of Kivi Park on City property, such as the parking lot, multi-use fields, basketball courts, hockey rink and field house will remain free of charge.
Q. Does the City of Sudbury own Kivi Park?
Kivi Park is a not for profit. The City of Sudbury owns the portion of the park that includes the main parking lot, multi-use sports field, hockey rink and field house.
Q. If I live in the neighbourhood will I have to pay to use the playground?
If your home is within the local playground catchment area, you will temporarily be able to continue to be able to use the playground for free and must contact our Executive Director for more details.
Q. When will I have to purchase a Kivi Pass?
Passes are currently available and are required as of February 1, 2020. An annual Kivi Pass is renewable one year from the month of purchase. For those applying to the Affordability Fund, please allow two weeks for application processing.
Q. How will passes be regulated?
Your pass card will have your name and expiry date. Passholders are required to carry their pass card with them at all times or have a photo of the card stored in their phone. You may be asked at random to show your pass.