Sports Fields Rain Out Policy

In an effort to help reduce unnecessary and expensive repairs and maintenance to City owned sports fields, fields will be consideredunplayable if the following conditions exist: 

  1. Visual ponding of water on the surface of the field/diamond
  2. Water sponging up around your feet when walking on the field/diamond

If either of these conditions exists, then the practice will be cancelled, or game rescheduled.

Poor weather conditions leading to cancellations will result in a credit on the Permit holder’s account. The credit will accumulate throughout the season and will be applied to the following season’s contract.

If a user group arrives at a field/diamond where these conditions exist, the user group will be asked not to play on the field/diamond by League Administrators, Game Officials and/or City staff.

In situations where City staff and/or Officials are not present, the League will ensure the Policy is adhered to. Several factors must be considered, including the safety of the participants, the possibility of liability through accident or injury, and the unnecessary expense of field/diamond repairs and maintenance.

If a group ignores the “unplayable” conditions, the following consequences may occur:

  • The permit holder will be required to pay for all damages to the field/diamond arising from abuse to the facility where the permitted group is proven responsible.
  • The permit holder will be held liable and responsible for accidents or injuries incurred because of unsafe conditions.
  • The permit holder will have their permit suspended or revoked for any future use of a field/diamond controlled by the City of Hamilton.

The Recreation Division staff will ensure all sports groups have received the Rain Out Policy. They will email the policy to the groups in May for notification purposes.

  • For Mohawk Sports Park, contact Park staff at 905-546-4401 by 1 pm weekdays and 8 am on weekends to determine field/diamond playability.
  • For all other locations, please contact Facility Bookings at 905-540-5590 between 2 to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

On weekends and statutory holidays Park staff will contact user groups when weather is predicted of affect playability but the responsibility also falls on the Permit holder to contact the City for possible cancellations due to inclement weather.

  • The Recreation Facility Booking Clerks will contact Permit holders via e-mail, phone or fax of City cancellations received during office hours.
  • After office hours, Park staff will contact Permit holders but it is also the responsibility of the Permit holder to check the status of the diamonds/fields prior to the start of their games.
  • Cancellations will be posted on this page.
  • If Park staff closes a field/diamond after business hours or on weekends, they will contact Facility Bookings by 10 am the following business day so that Permit holder’s accounts can be adjusted accordingly.
  • Permit holders who have not utilized a field/diamond due to Rainout conditions, must call Facility Booking by noon the following day.
  • Where the game was scheduled for the weekend, the Permit holder must notify Facility Booking staff by noon the following Monday.

Baseball diamond or soccer/ football field closures

Mohawk Sports Complex – Bernie Arbour 
1100 Mohawk Road East, Hamilton

Bernie Arbour - Open


2016 Opening dates for diamonds and fields - all dates weather pending

"A" Class Diamonds Opening Date Closing date Notes
Bernie Arbour May 2 October 1 Extended closing possible for McMaster University baseball
Mohawk 1 May 2 October 31 Extended closing for Mohawk College softball games
Victroia 1 May 9 October 1  
Volunteer 1 May 2 October 1  
"B" Class Diamonds Opening Date Closing Date Notes
Ancaster Community Centre 1-4 May 2 October 1  
Glanbrook 1 May 9 October 15 School Board baseball programs are in October
Eastdale Park 2 May 9 October 1  
Edwards Park 2 May 9 October 1  
Heritage 1 & 2 May 9 October 1  
Joe Sam's 1  May 9 October 15 School Board baseball programs are in October
Joe Sam's 2 May 9 October 1  
Mahoney 3 May 9 October 1  
Martino Memorial 1 May 9 October 1  
Mohawk 2, 4, 5 May 9 October 31 School Board baseball programs are in October
Mohawk 3, 6 May 9 October 1  
Mt. Hope Community Park 1 May 9 October 1  
Rosedale Park/King's Forest 1 & 2 May 9 October 1  
Turner Park 5-12 May 9 October 3 Extended closing for NSA Provincials only
Valley Park 1 May 9 October 1  
Waterdown Memorial 1 & 2 May 9 October 1  
"C" Class Diamonds Opening Date Closing Date Notes
Turner Park
2, 3, 4, 13, 14
May 9 October 3 Extended closing for NSA Provincials only
Remainder Class "C" Fields May 9 October 1  
"A" Class Fields Opening Date Closing Date Notes
Billy Sherring - Field 1 May 9 September 1  
HAAA Grounds June 1 October 31  
Heritage - Field 1, 2 May 9 October 1  
Heritage - Field 3, 5 May 9 October 15 Extended closing for HDOSL Challenge Cup
Heritage - Artificial Turf Field 4 April 4 November 7 Weather permitting
Joe Sam's - Field 1 & 2 May 9 October 9  
Mohawk Sports Park - Field 1 & 2 (lights) May 28 October 31

 

Mohawk Sports Park - Field 4 (lights) May 28 September 1  
Mohawk Sports Park - Field 3 (lights) May 9 October 31  
Mohawk Sports Park - Field 5, 6 May 9 October 1  
Olympic/ Dundas - Field 2 May 9 October 1  
Sackville - Field 1 June 1 October 31  
Sherwood - Field 1 June 1 October 1  
Mohawk Track May 2 October 31  
"B" Class Fields Opening Date Closing Date Notes
Billy Sherring - Field 2 May 9 October 1  
Joe Sam's - Field 8 May 9 October 1  
Olympic/ Dundas - Field 1 May 9 October 1  
Sherwood - Field 2, 5 May 9 October 1  
"C" Class Fields Opening Date Closing Date Notes
Remainder Class "C" Fields
Including open space
May 9 October 31  
"C" Class Exceptions Opening Date Closing Date Notes
Cherry Heights 1 May 24 October 31 Delay in opening due to CYO Program in 2015 late fall
Cline Park 4C May 24 October 31 Delay in opening due to CYO Program in 2015 late fall
Garth Street Reservoir 1 May 24 October 31 Delay in opening due to CYO/Reach Forth in 2015 late fall
Gatesbury 2 May 24 October 31 Delay in opening due to CYO Program in 2015 late fall
Sister of St. Joe's 1, 2, 3 May 24 October 31 Delay in opening due to CYO Program in 2015 late fall
T.B. McQuesten 1 May 24 October 31 Delay in opening due to CYO Program in 2015 late fall
Mount Lions Club Park May 24 October 31 Delay in opening due maintenance work