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Waterfront Parks & Spray Pads

Bayfront Park

The development of Bayfront Park in the City of Hamilton has made a substantial improvement in public access to and enjoyment of Hamilton's harbourfront lands.  What began as a project to remediate a large industrial landfill site resulted in the transformation of this site into a versatile public green space.  Since its opening in the summer of 1993, it has become one of the City's most popular parks. 

Bayfront Park boasts a number of features perfectly suited to a waterfront setting.  A six metre wide asphalt pathway provides wonderful opportunities to engage in a variety of leisure activities while enjoying views of the surrounding harbour area, making it a popular spot for walkathons.  Gravel and crushed stone pathways located along the lower shoreline offer visitors a quieter, more restful waterfront journey, as well as close proximity to fish and waterfowl. 

Additional features include naturalized areas of shrubs, trees and wildflowers; park lighting for evening enjoyment; a free public boat launch with parking; numerous benches and picnic tables; a natural grass amphitheatre; and accessible public washroom facilities across a gravel parking lot (limited hours).  Bayfront Park's upper plateau, an expansive lawn area, makes it an ideal location for special events such as Aquafest, Festitalia, and Canada Day festivities, which bring thousands of people to the park every year.  Parking is available on-site.  The park is fully accessible and is located on Bay Street North at Harbourfront Drive / Simcoe Street West.

Pier 4 Park

The 1992-1993 development of Pier 4 Park, undertaken as part of a City of Hamilton initiative to revitalize Hamilton's waterfront, dramatically altered this site from a featureless, open green space to a charming and picturesque waterfront park.  The new design of the park took full advantage of Pier 4's size and excellent location in the harbour to create an intimate waterfront experience. 

One of the most striking features of Pier 4 Park is the popular "Bayport" tugboat (c. 1945), an 80-foot tugboat refurbished as a creative play structure with accessible components.  The Bayport is oriented to provide children with a full view of the water and forms the centrepiece of a unique, interactive play area including water spray pad. 

A curved boardwalk with a pavilion and benches offers spectacular, panoramic views of the surrounding marinas and parkland, and a shoreline promenade allows access to the water's edge.  The site is also a superb vantage point from which to enjoy water activities such as boating, windsurfing, and sailing. 

The Gartshore Thomson building, a late 19th century brick office building nestled on a rehabilitated slope, was relocated to the park and renovated to house public washrooms (limited hours) and office facilities. The building once served as an office for the Gartshore-Thomson Pipe and Foundry Company (est. 1870), once one of Hamilton's leading industries and the largest pipe manufacturer in Canada.  Both the tugboat and the Gartshore-Thomson building were donated to the City of Hamilton when the park was redeveloped. 

Additional features include lighting along the asphalt pathway and pier, an open lawn area, a parking lot, picnic tables, benches, and a wheelchair access ramp extending from Bay Street North.  Pier 4's interconnected pedestrian/cycling trails facilitate barrier-free access to all areas of the park and provide linkages with the surrounding harbourfront community.  Parking is available on site. Pier 4 Park is located along Hamilton's waterfront at Bay Street North and Guise Street West.

Award Winning Parks

Both Pier 4 Park and Bayfront Park have received local, provincial, national and international recognition, including the 1994 Bay Area Restoration Council Implementation Award, the Ontario Parks Association Award of Recognition, the 1995 Elaine Burke Community Recognition Award, and the 1995 Excellence on the Waterfront Honour Award - Waterfront Centre.  Hamiltonians are indeed proud of their revitalized waterfront!

Water Spray Pads

Water spray pads are a great way to beat the summer heat. Spray Pads at Pier 4 Park, Gage Park, Waterdown Memorial Park, and Dundas Driving Park are operational the week of June 17th - week of September 9th.  All other locations are operational the week of June 24th - week of September 2nd.

All spray pads are programmed by timer to operate from 10:00am to  8:00pm, except for Pier 4, Gage Park, Waterdown Memorial Park, and Dundas Driving Park which operate between 9:00am to 9:00pm. 

The following locations are available for your enjoyment:

Ward 1

H.A.A.A. Grounds, 250 Charlton Ave. W. (Between Queen St.S. & Locke St. S.)
Victoria Park, 516 King St. W. (between Locke St. & Strathcona Ave.)
Churchill Park, 255 Glen Rd. (W. of Longwood Rd. N. & N. of King St. W.)

Ward 2

Beasley Park, 96 Mary St. (Between Cannon & Wilson)
Carter Park, 32 Stinson St. (Near Claremont Access)
Central Park, 168 Bay St. N. (N. of Cannon St. W.)
Eastwood Park/Arena, 111 Burlington St. E. (At Ferguson Ave.)
McLaren Park, 160 John St. N.(Between Cannon St. & Robert St.)
Pier 4 Park, 709 Simcoe St. W. (At Leander Dr., W. of Guise St. W.)

Ward 3

Belview Park, 205 Belmont Ave. (Adjacent to Holy Name of Jesus School)
Gage Park, 1000 Main St. E. (Between Main St. E. & Lawrence Rd.)
J.C. Beemer Park, 68 Victoria Ave. N. (N. of King William)
Lucy Day Park, 33 Clinton St. (N. of Barton, W. of Gage Ave. N.)
Myrtle Park, 13 Delaware Ave. (At Myrtle Ave. & Delaware Ave.)
North Central Community Park, 467 Wentworth St. N. (Mars Ave. & Wentworth St. N.)
Powell Park, 53 Birch Ave. (N. of Cannon, E. of Wentworth)

Ward 4

Andrew Warburton Memorial Park, 199 Tragina Ave. N.(Tragina & Brittania Ave.)
Fairfield Park, 1501 Barton St. E. (Between Weir St. N. & Fairfield Ave.)
Montgomery Park, 1570 Main St. E. (Near Junction of Main E. & Queenston Rd.)
Roxborough Park, 70 Reid Ave. N. (Reid N. at Ayr St.)
St. Christopher's Park, 119 McAnulty Blvd.(Benson Ave. @ McAnulty Blvd.)
Woodward Park, 589 Woodward Ave. (Corner of Woodward Ave. & Brampton St.)

Ward 5

Father Sean O'Sullivan Park, 1141 Greenhill Ave. (W. of Greenhill Ave., S. of King St. E.)
Glendale Park, 255 Rainbow Dr. (Rainbow Dr. & Glen Echo Dr.)
Henry & Beatrice Warden Park, 55 Lake Avenue Dr. N. (N. of Queenston Rd.)
Rosedale Pool, 150 Greenhill Ave. (Across from Greenhill Cres.)
Sam Manson Park, 80 Nash Rd. N. (Kentley Dr. at Nash Rd.)
Veevers Park, 688 Greenhill Ave. (Greenhill Ave. at Hildegard Dr.)

Ward 6

Berrisfield Park, 125 Birchcliffe Cres. (One block N. of Limeridge Rd. E.)
Broughton East Park, 990 Rymal Road East (Between Upper Gage & Upper Ottawa)
Hampton Park, 28 Lupin Ave. (Between E. 44th St. & E. 45th St.)
Highview Park, 879 Brucedale Ave. E. (Between E. 45th St. and Rendell Blvd.)
Huntington Park/Rec Centre, 40 Broker Dr. (Broker and Bentwood)
Lisgar Park, 95 Carson Dr. (Carson Dr. at Moxley)
Macassa Park, 701 Upper Sherman Ave. (Upper Sherman and Macassa)
Mount Lions' Club Park, 450 Queen Victoria Dr. (Between Queen Victoria & Quaker Cres.)
Templemead Park, 30 Independence Dr. (W. of Upper Ottawa & South of Stone Church E.)
Trenholme Park, 135 Trenholme Cres. (Stone Church Rd. & Upper Kenilworth Ave.)

Ward 7

Allison Park, 51 Piano Drive (S. of Rymal Rd.)
Billy Sherring Park, 1530 Upper Sherman Ave. (S. of Stone Church Rd. E.) 
Eastmount Park, 115-185 East 26th St. (Between E. 25th & Upper Sherman at Queensdale E.)
Eleanor Park, 80 Presidio Drive (W. of Upper Gage & S. of Stone Church Rd. E.)
Elmar Park, 140 Brigade Dr. (S. of Stone Chuch E., W of Upper Wentworth)
Jerome Neighbourhood Park, 1306 Upper Wellington St.
Lawfield Park/Arena, 150 Folkstone Ave. (Adjacent to Lawfield Public School)
Rushdale Park, 1199 Upper Wentworth St. (At bend of South Park Ave, E. of Upper Wentworth)

Ward 8

Gilkson Park, 50 Gemini Dr. (At Glen Arms)
Gourley Park, 142 Duncairn Cres. (Off Brigadoon Dr.)
Kennedy East Park, 130 Malton Dr. (W. of Upper James)
Mountview Park, 115 San Antonio Dr. (Across from Chedoke Twin Pad Arena)
Shawinigan Park, 1 Guildwood Dr. (At Greencedar, W. of Upper Paradise)
William McCulloch Park, 200 Bonaventure Dr. (W. of Garth St, S. of Mohawk W.)

Ward 11

Winona Park, 1328 Barton St. E., Winona (E. of Winona Rd.)
Fairgrounds Community Park, 305 Fall Fair Way

Ward 12

Village Green Park, 291 Lodor St.

Ward 13

Dundas Driving Park, 71 Cross St. (S. of Parkside High School)

Ward 15

Waterdown Memorial Park, 200 Hamilton Street, Waterdown (near Main Street)

Note: To report problems, contact the Parks Section, (905) 546-CITY (2489).