Creating New Parks

Hard Surface Court Study

What is a Hard Surface Court?

A court sport amenity area that is paved with a solid (firm) surface such as asphalt and/or concrete. Hard Surface Courts include basketball, tennis, pickleball, ball hockey or multi-purpose (multiple sports share one court surface).

What about Bocce and Lawn Bowling Courts?

Bocce is played on a decomposed granite/sand court and lawn bowling is played on grass/turf. Because Bocce and Lawn Bowling are not played on solid (firm) surfaces, they are not included in the scope of this project.

Purpose of the court study

The purpose of this study is to review existing hard surface courts and create a proactive plan for the distribution of new courts throughout the City, in conjunction with the recommendations of the Outdoor Study.

The Court Study is being completed in phases:

Phase 1 - Inventory and Mapping (October 2017 to April 2018)
Courts across the City of Hamilton were mapped, inventoried and given condition assessments by consultants qualified to complete the work.

Phase 2 - Public Consultation
Consultation will occur in multiple formats: passive engagement, open house and stakeholder meetings.

  • Passive engagement (May 2018 to October 2018) – signs will be installed at all city owned/maintained courts asking court users to participate in an online survey to understand participation rates. Complete the online survey
    • The Hard Surface Court Survey is available in multiple languages. Please email [email protected] to request a translated copy of the survey. 
  • Open House (Winter 2019) – an open house will be hosted by City Staff to engage residents about public access to courts
  • Stakeholder meetings (Winter 2019) – meetings with Councillors, Rural Subcommittees and court sports clubs about sport trends.

Phase 3 - Staff Recommendation Report (Spring 2019)
Once Phase 2 is complete, the information from Phases 1 and 2 will be analyzed by staff to produce a recommendation report to improve enjoyment and safe play of existing courts, identify how future courts will be designed and locate areas for future court development.

Contact us

If you have questions, or would like to have your name added to the contact list for upcoming consultation sessions, contact:

Dawn Walton
Manager, Business Support
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 4755
Email: [email protected]