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Municipal Tennis & Pickelball Courts reopen!


As of Friday, May 22, municipal outdoor tennis courts and municipal pickleball courts in Hamilton have reopened. All users must continue to maintain two metres of physical distance from other users and should remember to practice good hand hygiene.

Tennis Club Re-Opening Guidelines

These guidelines are meant to provide a basic outline for organizations that operate tennis clubs on behalf of the City of Hamilton to follow in crafting their own protocols.

Mandatory Actions

Physical / social distancing

  • Players, volunteers, and staff must be 2 metres apart at all times, including while performing season opening cleaning and setup, waiting for court time, court changeovers, and celebrations (e.g., no high fives or hand shakes);
  • A maximum of five people per court will be allowed (e.g., 2 players per side and one coach);
  • Doubles players must reside in the same household;
  • Provide a buffer between scheduled court times to prevent congregating and allow for cleaning of high touch surfaces;
  • Cancel events such as tournaments or lessons if unable to ensure appropriate physical distancing and equipment handling; and
  • Remove all tables and chairs from common areas to discourage congregating.

Access

  • Players, staff, and volunteers must not visit the club if they:
    • Are exhibiting flu-like symptoms or any known COVID-19 symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, difficulty breathing, etc.);
    • Have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 and/or flu-like symptoms in the previous 14 days;
    • Have been outside of Canada in the previous 14 days; and/or
    • Are considered vulnerable or at risk (e.g., elderly individuals or those suffering from a chronic medical condition).
  • If an individual has symptoms of COVID-19, they should be told to self-isolate at home, encouraged to complete Ontario’s self-assessment tool and to call their primary care provider or Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000) or Public Health Services (905-974-9848) for an assessment; and
  • Public health will provide advice regarding any other measures that the tennis club or setting may need to take to reduce the risk of transmission

 Cleanliness and Hygiene

  • Have a plan for sanitizing all high touch surface areas at the start and end of each day, as well as between matches on all courts;
  • Make readily available hand sanitizer to encourage hand hygiene;
  • Forbid sharing of personal items (e.g., racquets, towels, etc.)., except amongst household members; and
  • Clubhouse washrooms may be opened if the organization:
    • Can ensure sufficient physical distancing (e.g., one person at a time, space to pass when entering and exiting, etc.); and
    • Has a plan in place for ongoing enhanced cleaning after each use.

Communication

  • All members must be contacted before re-opening re: guidelines and if any new guidelines are introduced.

Record Keeping

  • A record of ALL visitors (including staff, volunteers, and players) must be kept (preferably using an online tool) to assist Public Health in the investigation of a positive case of COVID-19.

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Pickelball Club Re-opening Guidelines

These guidelines are meant to provide a basic outline for Pickleball Hamilton (which operates the pickleball courts at Hill Park on behalf of the City of Hamilton) to follow in crafting their own protocols.

Mandatory Actions

Physical/social distancing

  • Players, volunteers, and staff must be 2 metres apart at all times, including while performing season opening cleaning and setup, waiting for court time, court changeovers, and celebrations (e.g., no high fives or hand shakes);
  • A maximum of five people per court will be allowed (e.g., 2 players per side and one coach); and
  • Doubles players must reside in the same household.
  • Provide a buffer between scheduled court times to prevent congregating and allow for cleaning of high touch surfaces;
  • Cancel events such as tournaments or lessons if unable to ensure appropriate physical distancing and equipment handling; and
  • Remove all tables and chairs from common areas to discourage congregating.

Access

  • Players and volunteers must not visit the club if they:
    • Are exhibiting flu-like symptoms or any known COVID-19 symptoms (e.g., fever, cough, difficulty breathing, etc.);
    • Have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 and/or flu-like symptoms in the previous 14 days;
    • Have been outside of Canada in the previous 14 days; and/or
    • Are considered vulnerable or at risk (e.g., elderly individuals or those suffering from a chronic medical condition).
  • If an individual has symptoms of COVID-19, they should be told to self-isolate at home, encouraged to complete Ontario’s self-assessment tool and to call their primary care provider or Telehealth Ontario (1-866-797-0000) or Public Health Services (905-974-9848) for an assessment; and
  • Public health will provide advice regarding any other measures that the pickleball club or setting may need to take to reduce the risk of transmission.

Cleanliness and Hygiene

  • Have a plan for sanitizing all high touch surface areas at the start and end of each day, as well as between matches on all courts;
  • Make readily available hand sanitizer to encourage hand hygiene;
  • Forbid sharing of personal items (e.g., paddles, towels, etc.)., except amongst household members;

Communication

  • All members must be contacted before re-opening re: guidelines and if any new guidelines are introduced.

Record Keeping

  • A record of ALL visitors (including staff, volunteers, and players) must be kept (preferably using an online tool) to assist Public Health in the investigation of a positive case of COVID-19.

Additional resources

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Closures

City Recreation facilities will remain closed until further notice to keep the public and staff safe and help minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Registered Programs Cancelled due to COVID-19


Due to the ongoing threat of COVID-19, the City of Hamilton has cancelled all City-run recreation programs and extended the closure of all recreation facilities, and recreation administration facilities. Registration for future programs is also suspended. Refunds will be issued based on request.

Please be patient during this time as we process these cancellations and refunds. Questions or requests to receive a refund please contact customer service at [email protected].

 

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Community Centre Camp locations offer full day, registered, week-long traditional day camp programs

Our most popular day camp program geared to 4 and 5 year olds without a trip. This program is designed to introduce campers to a full-day camp experience with a lower staff-to-camper ratio (1:8). Preschool campers will participate in age appropriate activities, with a focus on cooperative games, friendships, gross motor skill development, songs, circle time, stories and crafts, and outdoor water play (sprinklers and wading pools). Participants must be able to use the washroom independently and be at least 4 years old at start date of program.

  • Fee: $130.80 per week
  • Hours: Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. Organized camp activities start at 9 am and end at 4 pm.
  • Routine: Each camp and camper group will have a unique routine specific to their facility and amenities.
In general, a typical day at camp will look like this:
  • 8 to 9 am: Drop off at camp, group activities and free play
  • 9 to 9:45 am: Welcome, cooperative games, songs
  • 9:45 to 10:30 am: Snack and water break with story time
  • 10:30 to 11:30 am: Active games outside
  • 11:30 to 12:30 pm: Lunch
  • 12:30 to 1:30 pm: Craft time, creative play
  • 1:30 to 2:30 pm: Water games outside
  • 2:30 to 3:30 pm: Snack and water break, quiet games
  • 3:30 to 4 pm: Goodbye circle, songs
  • 4 to 5 pm: Group activities and free play, picked up from camp

Theme day
Each week of camp will have a planned theme day on Fridays. Campers will be encouraged to join staff in dressing up and participating in a variety of special events.

Locations:

Ancaster Rotary Centre
385 Jerseyville Road West, Ancaster
905-546-2424 ext.1698

Bernie Morelli Recreation Centre
876 Cannon St. East, Hamilton
905-546-2424 ext. 4150

Huntington Park Recreation Centre
87 Brentwood Drive, Hamilton
905-546-2424 ext.4880 

Valley Park Community Centre
970 Paramount Drive, Stoney Creek
905-546-2424 ext.1114

Winona Community Centre 
255 Winona Rd, Winona 
905-546-2424 ext. 4935

Our most popular day camp program! Campers will participate in a variety of age appropriate activities, including daily swimming, active games, sports, songs, cooperative games, crafts, creative time, special events and a weekly trip. Staff-to-camper ratio is 1:10. Camp Kidaca includes a trip by school bus to a local attraction.

  • Fee: $156.55 per week
  • Hours: Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. Organized camp activities start at 9 am and end at 4 pm.
  • Routine: Each camp and camper group will have a unique routine specific to their facility and amenities.
In general, a typical day at camp will look like this:
  • 8 to 9 am: Drop off at camp, opening circle
  • 9 to 10 am: Welcome, group activities
  • 10 to 10:30 am: Snack and water break
  • 10:30 to 12 pm: Games and/or crafts
  • 12 to 12:45 pm: Lunch
  • 12:45 to 2:15 pm: Swim
  • 2:15 to 2:45 pm: Snack and water break
  • 2:45 to 4 pm: Games and/or crafts
  • 4 to 5 pm: Free play, picked up from camp

Trip day
Each week of camp will have a planned trip to an exciting local attraction. Please arrive on time to camp on trip days as the bus will leave promptly at 9 am. Campers will also be provided with a t-shirt so that they are easily recognizable on off-site trip days. Campers will be required to wear their shirt on trip day and are able to keep the shirt as a memory of their camp experience. Please note: trip locations are subject to change and trip dates may change or be cancelled due to inclement weather.

Theme day
Each week of camp will have a planned theme day on Fridays. Campers will be encouraged to join staff in dressing up and participating in a variety of special events.

Locations:

Ancaster Rotary Centre
385 Jerseyville Road West, Ancaster
905-546-2424 ext.1698

Bernie Morelli Recreation Centre
876 Cannon St. East, Hamilton
905-546-2424 ext. 4150

Dundas Lions Memorial Community Centre
10 Market Street South, Dundas
905-546-2424 ext. 2260

Huntington Park Recreation Centre
87 Brentwood Drive, Hamilton
905-546-2424 ext.4880

Sir Allan MacNab Recreation Centre
145 Magnolia Drive, Hamilton
905-546-2424 ext. 2554

Valley Park Community Centre
970 Paramount Drive, Stoney Creek
905-546-2424 ext. 1114

Winona Community Centre
255 Winona Road, Stoney Creek
905-546-2424 ext. 4935

The City of Hamilton is excited to offer youth programs at Westmount Recreation Centre. All of the youth programs allow youth to experience new challenges, and build the skills and knowledge to take on new opportunities. Each day will involve a learning component related to the skill week, swim time, and time for social activities with peers.

  • Fee: $216.30 per week
  • Hours: Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm. Organized camp activities start at 9 am and end at 4 pm.

Location:

Westmount Recreation Centre
35 Lynbrook Drive, Hamilton
905-546-4932 

Leadership Camp 
The Leadership Course is now being offered seasonally as a year round course. Browse the new online system for available courses and registration.

Tween Connections is a summer recreation and socialization program for tweens with special needs or a disability. This camp will be delivered by dedicated program staff who supervise weekly activities and assist with age-appropriate games, walking trips, sports, hobbies, social activities and swimming. Ratios range from 1:1 to 1:3.

  • Fee: $156.55 per week. Participants can register for a maximum of two weeks, with the possibility of additional weeks based on availability.
  • Hours: Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.

Location:

Bernie Morelli Recreation Centre
876 Cannon St. East, Hamilton
905-546-2424 ext. 4150

To register, parents or caregivers must:

  1. Request a Support Registration Package from the Program Lead - Inclusion.
  2. Select 1st and 2nd choices of camps and dates and complete the Support Registration Form.
  3. Complete the Camper Information Form (PDF, 304 KB)
  4. Complete the Profile Form to inform staff of the camper’s abilities and support needs.
  5. Return with payment directly to the contact information below. If the camper is coming with their own support person or epi-pen, additional forms will be required.

Spaces are limited. Families are encouraged to return their forms to reserve their spaces as soon as possible.

For more information, a Support Program registration package or program availability, please contact:
Program Lead - Inclusion, Recreation Division
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 3256
Fax: 905-546-2338

Teen Connections is a summer recreation and socialization program for teens with special needs or a disability. This camp will be delivered by dedicated program staff who supervise weekly activities and assist with age-appropriate games, walking trips, sports, hobbies, social activities and swimming. Ratios range from 1:1 to 1:3.

  • Fee: $156.55 per week. Participants can register for a maximum of two weeks, with the possibility of additional weeks based on availability.
  • Hours: Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.
In general, a typical day at camp will look like this:
  • 8:30 to 9 am: Arrival at camp
  • 9 to 10 am: Introductions, group team building activities
  • 10 to 10:30 am: Snack and water break
  • 10:30 to 11:30 am: Participant choice (active sport in gym or creative activities in room)
  • 11:30 am to 1:30 pm: Neighbourhood walk
  • 1:30 to 3:30 pm: Change for swim, swim time
  • 3:30 to 4 pm: Snack and water break
  • 4 to 4:30 pm: Pick up and goodbyes

Support staff are available 40 hours a week, 8 hours per day. Parents can request daily program hours of 8 am to 4 pm, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm or 9 am to 5 pm.

Location:

Westmount Recreation Centre
35 Lynbrook Drive, Hamilton
905-546-2424 ext. 4932

To register, parents or caregivers must:

  1. Request a Support Registration Package from the Program Lead - Inclusion.
  2. Select 1st and 2nd choices of camps and dates and complete the Support Registration Form.
  3. Complete the Camper Information Form (PDF, 304 KB)
  4. Complete the Profile Form to inform staff of the camper’s abilities and support needs.
  5. Return with payment directly to the contact information below. If the camper is coming with their own support person or epi-pen, additional forms will be required.

Spaces are limited. Families are encouraged to return their forms to reserve their spaces as soon as possible.

For more information, a Support Program registration package or program availability, please contact:
Program Lead - Inclusion, Recreation Division
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 3256
Fax: 905-546-2338

Meeting the needs of the individual so all kids can play.The Support Program is available for campers with disabilities or special needs who require additional support in order to integrate and participate in Camp Kidaca and Youth programs. Support staff encourage participation, while maintaining safety and care in a fun and stimulating environment!

  • Fee: No charge. Participants can register for a maximum of two weeks.
  • Hours: Monday to Friday from 8 am to 5 pm.

Registration information

All Support Program registrations are processed ONLY through the Program Lead, Inclusion. In order to register, parents or caregivers must:

  1. Request a Support Registration Package from the Program Lead – Inclusion.
  2. Select 1st and 2nd choices of camps and dates and complete the Support Registration Form.
  3. Complete the Camper Information Form (PDF, 304 KB). If camper requires an epi-pen, additional forms will need to be completed.
  4. Complete the Profile Form to inform staff of the camper’s abilities and support needs.
  5. Return all paperwork, with payment directly to the Program Lead - Inclusion.

Spaces are limited. Families are encouraged to return their forms to reserve their spaces as soon as possible.

For more information, a Support Program Registration Package, or program availability, please contact:
Program Lead - Inclusion, Recreation Division
Phone: 905-546-2424 ext. 3256
Fax: 905-546-2338

Camp support options

City supplied support staff are available and provided at no additional cost for families! Due to high demand; registration is limited to two weeks per participant (registration in the Camp Kidaca program still required).

Additional support includes:

  • increased supervision by a trained, support worker dedicated to the care and safety of the camper at all times
  • assistance with bathroom, changing and eating
  • adaptation of camp programs for all participants
  • facilitation and encouragement of friendships and appropriate social interaction
  • opportunity to see the camp facility and meet the staff before the summer begins

Support staff are available 40 hours a week, 8 hours per day. Parents can request daily program hours of 8 am to 4 pm, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm or 9 am to 5 pm.

You may provide your own support person. We welcome support persons who assist participants with a disability or special needs. Support persons are hired or chosen by the participant to provide assistance throughout the camp day. There are no fees charged for support persons (registration in the Camp Kidaca program still required).

Prior to the camp start date, the parent/guardian and the support person must review and sign the External Support Person Guidelines. To ensure the safety and positive experience for all participants, we ask that support persons adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Support persons should have the maturity and knowledge to make decisions and sound judgment relating to the participant’s wellbeing and care.
  • Support persons may not leave the program/program area with the participant unless permission is received from the main contact.
  • Support persons will provide the camp counsellor with suggestions and input for adapted/ modified programming.

Refund policy

Refunds requests can be made at the recreation centre where the program is taking place.

Camp Kidaca subsidy options 

The Recreation Assistance Program provides City of Hamilton residents living with a low income the opportunity to participate in organized sports and recreation programs. For more information, contact the Recreation Assistance Office at [email protected]

The City of Hamilton’s Recreation Assistance program is a proud recipient of the Hamilton Community Foundation- The Spectator Summer Camp Fund Grant.  In the summer of 2019 the grant assisted 27 kids attend 2 weeks each of Camp Kidaca at a reduced fee.

Hamilton Community Foundation- The Spectator Summer Camp Fund Grant