Confederation Beach Park is a 93-hectare (228-acre) city-wide park, located along the Lake Ontario waterfront between the Hamilton Beach Strip and Grays Road in Stoney Creek. The park offers a variety of all-ages recreation and relaxation opportunities, numerous dining and entertainment options, and several significant woodlots and naturalized areas to explore. There is even a memorial to the sailors lost in offshore shipwrecks, if you know where to look…
While the City of Hamilton owns the park, the Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) manages most of the property through an agreement that in place since 1980, making the HCA a key partner in the park’s operation.
Since opening in the early 1960s, Confederation Beach Park (then called Confederation Park) has been an important recreation and tourism destination in Hamilton and surrounding area. Given its age, certain elements of the park are now in need of repair or replacement.
In 2011, the HCA submitted the Confederation Park Master Plan Review & Update (August 2010) to the City, requesting a capital program to fund necessary upgrades, life-cycle replacements, and new park features. To address these requests, the City is now working to prioritize and implement short and long-term goals as part of the Confederation Beach Park Implementation strategy, as outlined in Report PW11005d.
One of the short-term goals from this report was to construct a Sports Park in the former campground near Grays Road (see below for more information on the Sports Park).
The City of Hamilton is also currently reviewing options for Wild Waterworks, improving general trail conditions and connectivity within the park, enhancing vehicular access at Centennial Parkway, and further establishing private business leasing opportunities.
- 2020: Complete - Sports Park Phase 1, which completed:
- Regulation cricket field
- Multi-use soccer field
- 12 pickle ball courts, with lighting
- East parking lot.
- 2020: Complete - Design, and tender, and construction of roadway amendments for Sports Park access from North Service Road
- 2021: Tendered - Phase 2 and 3, which includes:
- A new fieldhouse with entry plaza and room for concessions,
- A naturalized playground
- 2 cricket batting cages
- A new park maintenance building
- New parking for 290 vehicles, and 2 buses, and room for EV expansion, and
- Internal pathways that connect to the rest of Confederation Beach Park and the wider trail network.
Construction is expected to start on this phase in Spring 2021 and expected to be completed and ready for the 2023 playing season (subject to change).
- 2021: Re-installation of the Gateway Windmills
Recent park upgrades
2020: Phase One of the sports Park completed, including upgrades to North Service Road
2020: Preliminary Master Plan report completed, outlining options for Wild Waterworks
2017: Phase 1 wayfinding and signage program completed, including vehicular wayfinding pedestrian wayfinding along the Beach Trail, zone markers, and regulatory signage
2017: Construction of three new park “gateway” entry features and signage
2016: Council approved name change to Confederation Beach Park
2015: Construction of Stoney Creek Pond Trail and Observation Deck
- 2017 Confederation Beach Sports Park Master Plan Concept (PDF, 2.6 MB)
- Branding and wayfinding designs (PDF, 2.6 MB)
- Concept development diagram (PDF, 1.4 MB)
- Confederation Beach Concept Sports Park Master Plan diagram (PDF, 879 KB)
- Natural heritage of Confederation Beach Park (PDF, 1.5 MB)
If you have any questions or wish to submit a comment, please contact:
Jonathan Michael, OALA, CSLA
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 4621
Email: [email protected]
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