Community Environmental Initiatives

Community Environmental Initiatives

Municipal Tennis & Pickelball Courts reopen!


As of Friday, May 22, municipal outdoor tennis courts and municipal pickleball courts in Hamilton have reopened. All users must continue to maintain two metres of physical distance from other users and should remember to practice good hand hygiene.

Tennis Club Re-Opening Guidelines

These guidelines are meant to provide a basic outline for organizations that operate tennis clubs on behalf of the City of Hamilton to follow in crafting their own protocols.

Mandatory Actions

Physical / social distancing

  • Players, volunteers, and staff must be 2 metres apart at all times, including while performing season opening cleaning and setup, waiting for court time, court changeovers, and celebrations (e.g., no high fives or hand shakes);
  • A maximum of five people per court will be allowed (e.g., 2 players per side and one coach);
  • Doubles players must reside in the same household;
  • Provide a buffer between scheduled court times to prevent congregating and allow for cleaning of high touch surfaces;
  • Cancel events such as tournaments or lessons if unable to ensure appropriate physical distancing and equipment handling; and
  • Remove all tables and chairs from common areas to discourage congregating.

Access

  • Players, staff, and volunteers must not visit the club if they:
    • Are exhibiting flu-like symptoms or any known COVID-19 symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, difficulty breathing, etc.);
    • Have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 and/or flu-like symptoms in the previous 14 days;
    • Have been outside of Canada in the previous 14 days; and/or
    • Are considered vulnerable or at risk (e.g., elderly individuals or those suffering from a chronic medical condition).
  • If an individual has symptoms of COVID-19, they should be told to self-isolate at home, encouraged to complete Ontario’s self-assessment tool and to call their primary care provider or Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000) or Public Health Services (905-974-9848) for an assessment; and
  • Public health will provide advice regarding any other measures that the tennis club or setting may need to take to reduce the risk of transmission

 Cleanliness and Hygiene

  • Have a plan for sanitizing all high touch surface areas at the start and end of each day, as well as between matches on all courts;
  • Make readily available hand sanitizer to encourage hand hygiene;
  • Forbid sharing of personal items (e.g., racquets, towels, etc.)., except amongst household members; and
  • Clubhouse washrooms may be opened if the organization:
    • Can ensure sufficient physical distancing (e.g., one person at a time, space to pass when entering and exiting, etc.); and
    • Has a plan in place for ongoing enhanced cleaning after each use.

Communication

  • All members must be contacted before re-opening re: guidelines and if any new guidelines are introduced.

Record Keeping

  • A record of ALL visitors (including staff, volunteers, and players) must be kept (preferably using an online tool) to assist Public Health in the investigation of a positive case of COVID-19.

Additional resources

Pickelball Club Re-opening Guidelines

These guidelines are meant to provide a basic outline for Pickleball Hamilton (which operates the pickleball courts at Hill Park on behalf of the City of Hamilton) to follow in crafting their own protocols.

Mandatory Actions

Physical/social distancing

  • Players, volunteers, and staff must be 2 metres apart at all times, including while performing season opening cleaning and setup, waiting for court time, court changeovers, and celebrations (e.g., no high fives or hand shakes);
  • A maximum of five people per court will be allowed (e.g., 2 players per side and one coach); and
  • Doubles players must reside in the same household.
  • Provide a buffer between scheduled court times to prevent congregating and allow for cleaning of high touch surfaces;
  • Cancel events such as tournaments or lessons if unable to ensure appropriate physical distancing and equipment handling; and
  • Remove all tables and chairs from common areas to discourage congregating.

Access

  • Players and volunteers must not visit the club if they:
    • Are exhibiting flu-like symptoms or any known COVID-19 symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, difficulty breathing, etc.);
    • Have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 and/or flu-like symptoms in the previous 14 days;
    • Have been outside of Canada in the previous 14 days; and/or
    • Are considered vulnerable or at risk (e.g., elderly individuals or those suffering from a chronic medical condition).
  • If an individual has symptoms of COVID-19, they should be told to self-isolate at home, encouraged to complete Ontario’s self-assessment tool and to call their primary care provider or Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000) or Public Health Services (905-974-9848) for an assessment; and
  • Public health will provide advice regarding any other measures that the pickleball club or setting may need to take to reduce the risk of transmission.

Cleanliness and Hygiene

  • Have a plan for sanitizing all high touch surface areas at the start and end of each day, as well as between matches on all courts;
  • Make readily available hand sanitizer to encourage hand hygiene;
  • Forbid sharing of personal items (e.g., paddles, towels, etc.)., except amongst household members;

Communication

  • All members must be contacted before re-opening re: guidelines and if any new guidelines are introduced.

Record Keeping

  • A record of ALL visitors (including staff, volunteers, and players) must be kept (preferably using an online tool) to assist Public Health in the investigation of a positive case of COVID-19.

Additional resources

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Service at a Glance

What was done for Parks Month this year?

This year:

  • Students from Holy Name of Jesus and Friends of Belview Park Adopt-a-Park Group built an outdoor classroom, graffiti abatement and tree mulching at Bellview Park.
  • Community volunteers built an outdoor classroom, teaching garden and nature areas at the Norman Pinky Lewis Parkette and Cathy Wever School.
How do I adopt a City park?

To adopt a park, get together a group of volunteers and fill out the application form. Volunteer groups sign on for three years to help maintain and care for trees, flowers and shrub beds.

Where can I get supplies to clean up my local park?

The City encourages all volunteer groups to request the Community Clean Trailer when doing a large community clean event: Supplies in the Community Clean Trailer include:

  • rakes
  • wheelbarrows
  • shovels
  • brooms
  • hoses
  • garbage cans
Apply for a Clean & Green Neighbourhood Grant

Apply for one-time funding for community green projects and initiatives in your neighbourhood that address:

  • litter
  • illegal dumping
  • graffiti
  • beautification
  • environmental stewardship