Recreation Master Plan

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The Recreation Master Plan will evaluate a wide range of service and facility types, including outdoor recreation amenities, indoor recreation facilities, and recreation programs and services to help identify needs and priorities across the City of Hamilton in the next 10 to 20 years.

The focus is on parks and recreation facilities and amenities owned and/or operated by or in partnership with the City of Hamilton. This includes places and spaces that facilitate both structured and unstructured recreational experiences for the benefit of individuals and communities. The Recreation Master Plan will assess thousands of unique assets, including:

  • community recreation centres and halls
  • seniors centres
  • arenas and rinks
  • aquatic facilities
  • sports fields
  • sport courts
  • playgrounds
  • casual use amenities such as skateparks, leash-free areas and community gardens

Most types of parks and recreation facilities will be addressed in this plan. Some facilities, for example trails, cultural venues, entertainment facilities, and parkland acquisition are excluded as they are addressed through other planning initiatives.

With the help of Hamilton residents, service providers, and user groups, this Master Plan will assess facility needs and develop an updated provision strategy. By aligning these needs to policy and budget frameworks, the Master Plan will be a flexible working document that can adapt to changing values, emerging trends, new opportunities and operational priorities.

The Recreation Master Plan considers public and stakeholder input, demographic data and growth forecasts, facility condition and usage levels, recreation trends and best practices, ongoing planning initiatives, and more. In this way, the priorities advanced in the Plan will be evidence-based and respond to dynamic needs across the entire city.


Final Report

City Council has approved Hamilton’s Recreation Master Plan, which seeks to ensure the City's recreation portfolio is responsive to community needs as they evolve over the next 10 to 20 years. The plan evaluates a wide range of service and facility types across Hamilton, including outdoor recreation amenities, indoor recreation facilities, and recreation programs and services to help identify needs and priorities across the community.

The Recreation Master Plan will evaluate a wide range of service and facility types, including outdoor recreation amenities, indoor recreation facilities, and recreation programs and services to help identify needs and priorities across the City of Hamilton in the next 10 to 20 years.

The focus is on parks and recreation facilities and amenities owned and/or operated by or in partnership with the City of Hamilton. This includes places and spaces that facilitate both structured and unstructured recreational experiences for the benefit of individuals and communities. The Recreation Master Plan will assess thousands of unique assets, including:

  • community recreation centres and halls
  • seniors centres
  • arenas and rinks
  • aquatic facilities
  • sports fields
  • sport courts
  • playgrounds
  • casual use amenities such as skateparks, leash-free areas and community gardens

Most types of parks and recreation facilities will be addressed in this plan. Some facilities, for example trails, cultural venues, entertainment facilities, and parkland acquisition are excluded as they are addressed through other planning initiatives.

With the help of Hamilton residents, service providers, and user groups, this Master Plan will assess facility needs and develop an updated provision strategy. By aligning these needs to policy and budget frameworks, the Master Plan will be a flexible working document that can adapt to changing values, emerging trends, new opportunities and operational priorities.

The Recreation Master Plan considers public and stakeholder input, demographic data and growth forecasts, facility condition and usage levels, recreation trends and best practices, ongoing planning initiatives, and more. In this way, the priorities advanced in the Plan will be evidence-based and respond to dynamic needs across the entire city.


Final Report

City Council has approved Hamilton’s Recreation Master Plan, which seeks to ensure the City's recreation portfolio is responsive to community needs as they evolve over the next 10 to 20 years. The plan evaluates a wide range of service and facility types across Hamilton, including outdoor recreation amenities, indoor recreation facilities, and recreation programs and services to help identify needs and priorities across the community.

Consultation has concluded