Churchill Park

Construction Update

2019 Construction progress has been impacted by poor weather earlier in the spring but progress is currently being made. Gravel walkways, vegetated swale plantings, fine grading, seeding and sodding will occur throughout July. Anticipated completion: mid to late August, weather depending.

Churchill Park is located at 199 Glen Road, in Ward 1. It is a developed park operated by the City of Hamilton on land owned by the Royal Botanical Gardens. The park is surrounded by a natural woodlot, ravine lands and Cootes Paradise.

These lands are included within the Niagara Escarpment Plan and designated as part of the Niagara Escarpment Parks and Open Space System (NEPOSS).


Churchill Park includes two pieces of property covering 19.12 hectares (47.24 acres). The athletic fields cover 14.56 hectares (35.98 acres). The other parcel is the former Royal Botanical Gardens Teaching Gardens which cover 4.56 hectares (11.27 acres) in size. 

The athletic field parcel currently contains:

  • a former lawn bowling facility and clubhouse
  • three baseball fields
  • three soccer pitches
  • a cricket pitch
  • field house
  • spray pad
  • playground area



  • April 2019 - Project completion anticipated in June 2019
  • Early June 2018 - Phase 1 tendered
  • February 2018 - Churchill Park Management Plan approved by the Niagara Escarpment Commission and the Ministry of Natural Resources
  • September 21, 2014 - Churchill Park Management Plan approved by the Royal Botanical Gardens Board 
  • June 25, 2014 - Churchill Park Management Plan approved by Council


Implementation of the Churchill Park Master Plan (PDF, 3 MB) will occur over a period of years and in several phases and sub-phases. The schedule is dependent upon approval of capital funding through the regular City capital budget process.  Detailed design of Phase 1 has been completed and is currently in the regulatory approvals stage.  Please refer to the attached plan for details regarding the limit of construction. Note that the shaded area on the plan will be fenced off during construction. Efforts will be made to keep the RBG trail open throughout construction however, access may be intermittently limited.

Phase 1 includes:

  • Re-grading the turf area and the construction of rain gardens for storm water management in the park and along Parkside Drive
  • Creating a granular pathway from Devon Place to Marion Avenue.  This pathway will extend northerly to the driveway off of Oak Knoll Drive. 
  • Installation of a trail connecting the Aviary parking lot to the RBG trail head
  • Planting new native trees to enhance the forest edge and to provide shade in the future.

Contact us

If you have any questions or wish to submit a comment, contact:

Ken Wheaton
Landscape Architect
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 2289