Community Environmental Initiatives


Great parks make great neighbourhoods!

The concept of a group of individuals coming together to become the caretakers of their park is what defines an Adopt-a-Park group. Adopt-a-Park groups consist of volunteers from businesses, service groups, schools and neighbourhood associations. These groups help to maintain their park by undertaking litter clean-ups, planting and weeding gardens, and reporting vandalism and graffiti. Some groups who have their Food Handler Certification will hold community barbecues and events in their parks to encourage community engagement. Working with City staff, these volunteers help to improve park amenities and create clean and safe parks.

Adopt-a-Park application

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For more information call 905-546-2489 or email [email protected]

Adopt-a-Park Training

All Adopt-a-Park groups should receive annual training information. This will include new program information, safety updates and some great resources.

Benefits of well-kept parks and public green spaces include:

  • Boost to urban economy
  • Natural beauty and neighbourhood gathering places
  • Provides positive impression; appeals and attracts residents and visitors
  • “Green infrastructure” that improves our local environment
  • Prevents flooding and improves quality of water
  • Cleaner air from trees; releasing oxygen and absorbing pollutants
  • Natural habitat for animals and birds
  • Play space for children
  • Promotes physical activity and better health for all

Being part of an Adopt-a-Park program provides volunteers with an opportunity to:

  • Keep your local park clean and green
  • Work together with neighbours, community members and colleagues to foster community building
  • Meet new people
  • Be a good neighbour
  • In recognition of your group’s hard work, we will install an Adopt-a-Park sign recognizing your efforts to help keep Hamilton clean and green

Adopt-a-Park groups do a lot of things to keep their park looking beautiful such as:

  • Pick up litter
  • Rake leaves
  • Report and/or remove graffiti
  • Report hazards
  • Sweep walkways and paved areas
  • Pull weeds
  • Keep shrubs and gardens maintained
  • Woodchip trees and shrub beds

Adopt-A-Park groups are provided with annual training information in the Spring and participate in a minimum of four clean-up and beautification activities per year.

The Adopt-a-Park Tool Box is created to offer some of the resources that you require. If you require copies, feel free to print from the pdf in the tool box.

Community Clean-Up TrailerCommunity Clean-Up Trailers

The Community Clean Trailer and the Clean and Green Trailer provide volunteers with the tools they need to beautify our city parks, alleyways, trails and neighbourhoods. Each year, thousands of volunteers collect litter, remove graffiti, and weed flower and shrub beds, plant and mulch trees in an effort to keep our parks and our community clean and green. For more details visit the Community Clean-up Trailer.

Community Clean trailers are not available for booking at this time.

Community Improvement Report

Thank you for helping keep Hamilton Clean and Green! We want you to help us gather the details and accomplishments from your efforts. The Community Improvement Report should be completed after every clean-up activity, small or large; we want to share your successes! Information in the Community Improvement Report helps us showcase your efforts and accomplishments to Council and provides us with information regarding supplies and tools needed by volunteers.

Complete the Community Improvement Report

Planning an Event?

If you’re planning an Event in additionto your clean up, you must register with our Recreation Facilities Division, they will determine availability and whethera Community S.E.A.T. Application is required.Generally, an Event is defined as 15 people or more and anything outside of the scope of an Adopt a Park clean up:

  • BBQ
  • Fundraiser
  • Holiday Celebration
  • Park Makeover
  • Community Meeting

Please be sure to register your Event with Recreation Facility Rentals