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, park access from Centennial Parkway, and further establishing private business leasing opportunities.
Recent park upgrades
- 2022: Phase two of the Sports Park construction begins, including a new field house, naturalized playground, cricket batting cages, park maintenance building, additional parking and new pathways.
- 2020: Phase one of the Sports Park completed, including cricket field, pickleball courts, multi-use soccer field and upgrades to North Service Road.
- 2020: Preliminary Master Plan report completed, outlining options for Wild Waterworks
- 2017: Phase one 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
Frequently Asked Questions
What work has been completed in the park to date?
- Site servicing
- sports fields and courts
- half of new parking area
- new building envelopes
What work is left to be completed?
- completion of new fieldhouse, parks maintenance, and washroom building
- new entry plaza
- new playground
- cricket batting cages
- picnic shelters
- connective trails
- other half of parking lot
- tree plantings
Are there any other closures at the park as a result of construction?
No, the park is still open for public use. The only impacts are located at the park’s eastern edge (by Grays Road) as a result of the sports park construction.
When can I expect construction of the sports park to be completed?
Completion of the sports park is scheduled for November 2022
- 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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