Sports Fields Rain Out Policy

Sports Fields Closures - June 18, 2019

These Sports Fields remain closed due to the rainy conditions that have occurred resulting in saturated fields:

  • Churchill Park
  • Cline Park
  • Eastdale Park
    Soccer fields closed
  • Memorial Park
  • Mount Hope Park
  • Red Hill Bowl Park
  • Valley Park
    Soccer fields closed
  • William Connell Park

All other Sports Fields have opened. Not all open fields have been lined.

In an effort to preserve the quality of the fields, we appreciate the sport user groups support and cooperation in staying off the closed fields during these periods of extreme weather. Your patience and cooperation are appreciated.

 

In an effort to help reduce unnecessary and expensive repairs and maintenance to City owned sports fields, fields will be considered unplayable 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 to affect playability but the responsibility also falls on the Permit holder to contact the City for possible cancellations due to inclement weather by following the process under the rescheduling section.

  • 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.
  • During the week: Permit holders who have not utilized a field/diamond due to rainout conditions, must send an email (a written confirmation) to facbook@hamilton.ca by 12 noon the following day during the week.
  • During the weekend: Where the game was scheduled for the weekend and not utilized due to rainout conditions, the permit holder must notify Facility Bookings by email to facbook@hamilton.ca by 12 noon the following Monday.

Mohawk Sports Park Track will be open May 1 to October 1

Public use hours: Monday to Friday from 8 am to 12 noon


2019 Opening/closing dates for diamonds and fields

All dates weather pending

"A" Class Diamonds Opening date Closing date
Bernie Arbour May 17 TBD
Joe Sams 1 May 6 TBD
Joe Sams 2 May 21 TBD
Joe Sams 3, 4 May 13 TBD
Martino Memorial Park 1 May 21 TBD
Victoria Park 1 May 13 TBD
"B" Class Diamonds Opening date Closing date
Ancaster Community Centre 1-3 May 21 TBD
Ancaster Community Centre 4 May 6 TBD
Glanbrook Sports Complex Diamond 1 May 6 TBD
Heritage Green 1 May 12 TBD
Heritage Green 2 May 21 TBD
Mahoney Park Diamond 3 May 13 TBD
Mohawk Sports Park 1, 4, 5, 6  May 21 TBD
Mohawk Sports Park 2 May 12 TBD
Mohawk Sports Park 3 May 6 TBD
Mt. Hope Com Prk Diamond 1 May 31 TBD
Remaining B class diamonds May 27 TBD
Rosedale Park/King's Forest Park 1, 2 May 24 TBD
Turner Park 5-12 May 21 TBD
Winona Park Diamond 1 May 24 TBD
"C" Class Diamonds Opening date Closing date
Alexander Park 1-5 May 21 TBD
Remainder C class diamonds May 13
(game ready May 31)
TBD
Turner Park 2, 3, 4, 13, 14 May 21 TBD
"A" Class Fields Opening date Closing date
Billy Sherring May 31 TBD
HAAA Field 1 May 21 TBD
Heritage Green - Artificial Turf Field 4  April 17 TBD
Heritage Green - Field 1, 2, 3 May 21 TBD
Heritage Green - Field 5 May 6 TBD
Joe Sams 1 May 13 
(game ready May 31)
TBD
Joe Sams 2 May 6 TBD
Mohawk Sports Park 1 May 13 TBD
Mohawk Sports Park 2, 3, 5, 6  May 21 TBD
Mohawk Sports Park 4 May 6 TBD
Sackville Hill Prk Field 1A May 21 TBD
Sherwood Park Field 1A  May 31 TBD
"B" Class Fields Opening date Closing date
Ancaster Community Centre 2 May 21 TBD
Billy Sherring May 21 TBD
Costco Park 1 May 24 TBD
Couldry Park 1 May 27 TBD
Glanbrook Sports Complex Field 1 May 21 TBD
Macassa Park Field 1-9 May 24 TBD
Olympic Sport Park-Dun Field 1B May 27 TBD
Sherwood Park Field 2B May 24 TBD
"C" Class Fields Opening date Closing date
Ancaster Community Centre 1, 3, 4, 5 May 21 TBD
Billy Sherring 3, 4 May 21 TBD
Joe Sams 3-9 May 21 TBD
Mohawk Sports Park - Open 1, 2 May 21 TBD
Remainder C class fields May 13 
(game ready May 31)
TBD
William McCullogh Park  May 21 TBD