Dog Parks

Weather Alert
February 10, 2016 - 4:20pm

The Medical Officer of Health for the City of Hamilton is issuing a Cold Weather Alert effective overnight into the early morning of February 11, 2016

HAMILTON ON – February 10, 2016 - The Medical Officer of Health for the City of Hamilton is issuing a Cold Weather Alert effective overnight into the early morning of February 11, 2016.  A Cold Alert is issued when current or anticipated weather conditions are at or below minus 15 degrees Celsius or minus 20 with wind chill.  

This alert will remain in effect until a cancellation notice is issued.

The City of Hamilton has notified community agencies who work with vulnerable and homeless people. Each of those agencies, including Salvation Army, will implement their policies and procedures with regards to cold weather. The City of Hamilton Recreation Centres are available during regular hours for those who need to keep warm and the MacNab Transit Terminal will stay open until HSR service ends.

Members of the public can report the location of a person in need of shelter to the Salvation Army at 905-527-1444 Ext. 0. 

For more information visit

Holiday Closures
February 11, 2016 - 9:41am

Family Day Monday, February 15 - What's Open & What's Closed

All City of Hamilton administrative offices will be closed on Family Day, Monday, February 15

  • For emergencies involving roads, water mains, sewer systems, public health and safety issues, please call 905-546-2489.

Green Cart, Recycling and Garbage Collection

  • There will be no green cart, blue box, bulk waste, yard waste, or garbage pick-up on Monday, February 15.
  • Your pick-up will be one day later if it falls on or after the holiday.
  • Waste must be at the curb by 7 am.

To view your collection schedule, visit
Community Recycling Centres and Transfer Stations will be closed on Monday, February 15.

HSR Bus Schedules

  • The HSR will be operating on a Sunday/Holiday schedule on Monday, February 15.
  • Call HSR information at 905-527-4441 for more details.


  • DARTS will be operating holiday service hours on Monday, February 15.
  • All subscription trips on DARTS, with the exception of dialysis, are cancelled for Monday, February 15.
  • If passengers need to travel on this day, they must make an advance reservation to do so.

ATS customer service will be closed on Monday, February 15.


Hamilton Civic Museums

  • Dundurn National Historic Site, Whitehern Historic House & Garden, Battlefield House Museum & Park, Hamilton Museum of Steam & Technology will all be open on Family Day from 12 noon to 4 pm.  
  • The Children’s Museum will also be open from 11 am to 4 pm.
  • Hamilton Civic Museums will present special Family Day programming.
  • Fieldcote Memorial Park & Museum and Griffin House will be closed.

Tourism Hamilton Visitor Information Centre

Hamilton Farmers' Market

The Farmers' Market hours are as follows:

  • Saturday, February 13 - 7 am to 5 pm
  • Sunday, February 14 - Closed
  • Monday, February 15 - Closed
  • Tuesday, February 16 - 8 am to 6 pm

Hamilton Public Library

  • All Hamilton Public Library locations, except Central Library and Turner Park Branch, will be closed on Monday, February 15 for the Family Day holiday.
  • Central Library and Turner Park Branch will be open from 1 to 5 pm, offering regular library services plus a range of family-friendly programs.
  • Regular hours will resume on Tuesday, February 16 for all library locations. Please visit for more information.

Public Health Services

For Public Health matters concerning:

  • Reports of suspected reportable diseases and food poisoning, call 905-546-2063
  • Reports of environmental spills, fires or other events that may be a health hazard or safety issue, call 905-546-2489
  • Reports of rabies animal exposures, call 905-546-2489
  • Safe Water Program issues that may be a health hazard, call 905-546-2489 or visit

Ontario Works

  • All Ontario Works offices will be closed on Monday, February 15, and will reopen Tuesday, February 16 at 8:30 am.
  • The Employment Resource Centre located at 181 Main St. West (Career Development Centre) will be closed on Monday, February 15. It will be open to assist you with any employment service needs on Tuesday, February 16 at 8:30 am.

Animal Services

  • The Animal Services Shelter will be closed on Sunday, February 14 and Monday, February 15.
  • For 24-hour Animal Services emergency issues, please call: 905-574-3433 or visit

Property Tax Payments

  • During the holiday, you may submit your property tax payment into a drop box at the rear doors of City Hall, 71 Main Street West or at one of our Municipal Service Centres.
  • All Municipal Service Centres will be closed on Monday, February 15, and will reopen on Tuesday, February 16. Please note that the deadline for the first installment of the 2016 interim tax bills, for those not paying through a monthly pre-authorized payment plan or through their mortgage company, is on February 29, 2016.

Municipal Service Centre locations:

Payments may also be made anytime by mail to:

The City of Hamilton
c/o Tax Department
71 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4Y5

Parking Tickets

Payment of parking violations can be made by mail to the pre-printed address indicated on the parking tag or dropped off into the drop box at the nearest Municipal Service Centre or Taxation Division (noted above). The Hamilton Municipal Parking System office at 80 Main St. West, at Summers Lane, also accepts payments for parking violations at its drop box.

Traffic Violations

Dog parks are fenced areas where you can exercise your dog off-leash.

Dog Park locations

There are 7 dog parks in Hamilton:

  1. Hamilton SPCA
    245 Dartnall Road
  2. Heritage Green 
    447 1st Road West
  3. Hill Street 
    13 Hill Street

  4. Birch Avenue
    Between Brant Street and Princess Street on West side, behind the City's Operation building at 330 Wentworth Street
    Hours of operation:
    Monday to Friday, 5 to 11 pm
    Saturday and Sunday, 6 am to 11 pm

  5. Borer's Falls
    491 York Road, at the corner of York Road and Valley Road

  6. Cathedral
    707 King Street West
    Hours of operation: 6 am - 11 pm
    There is no parking at location, walk in access is from Main Street.
  7. Heritage Green Passive Park
    297 First Road West

Rules and regulations

  • You are responsible for respecting the safety of others in dog parks.
  • Use dog parks at your own risk.
  • Keep your dog on a leash until you are in the off-leash area.
  • Dogs must be wearing valid rabies and dog license tags.
  • Dogs are not allowed to:
    • Be in the park without an adult human being,
    • Bother or chase people,
    • Destroy, dig up, or disturb flowerbeds, lawns, bushes, or trees.
  • Dogs must be under voice control.
  • You must clean up after your dog. Poop n' scoop is mandatory.
  • All children must be supervised by an adult while in a dog park.
  • No more than two dogs may be brought into the park by an individual at the same time.
  • Do not bring the following dogs to dog parks:
    • Female dogs in heat
    • Sick dogs
    • Aggressive dogs - dogs that become aggressive toward another dog or person must leave the dog park
  • Do not bring the following items to a dog park:
    • Glass containers
    • Rawhide chews
    • Dog toys
    • Animal or human food
    • Pinch or prong and spike collars
  • Professional dog trainers are not allowed to use dog parks for their business.
  • Dog owners are subject to Ontario’s Dog Owners’ Liability Act.


Do you want a dog park in your neighbourhood?

If you want to start a dog park in your neighbourhood or community, you must submit a Dog Park Application Form (PDF, 30 KB) and make sure the site meets the City’s criteria.

The following criteria from the Leash Free Parks Policy (PDF, 283 KB) are used to decide if a proposed site is eligible for a dog park.

You may not change these criteria in any way.

  • Sites must be at least two acres but not more than five acres in size.
  • Sites are limited to certain areas of the city (as determined by the City) and should not be located in highly populated residential areas.
  • Environmentally Significant Areas are not eligible to be a dog park.
  • Parks that have sports facilities where people pay permit fees are not eligible to be a dog park, unless the total acreage of the site is more than 40 acres and has room for a fenced pen with limited land-use and or visual conflicts.
  • The site must have a fence that is at least four feet high, with a double-gated entry system.
  • Sites must have on-site parking.
  • Regulatory and advisory signs must be visible.
  • A volunteer committee with a minimum of ten (10) members must be in place.
  • The Leash Free Parks account will fund park development costs.
  • The Leash Free Parks account does not provide funding for amenities or equipment. Volunteer committees need to fund these things.

The development of dog parks in Hamilton is subject to the following conditions:

  • Development is done on a cost share basis, where the City pays for 50% of the development costs and the volunteer committee pays 50% of development costs.
  • Cost share programs are done on a first-come first-served basis, subject to City funding. The City will only enter into cost share agreements with volunteer groups that have their funding, and who pay the City before any development happens.