Supie is back this summer!


August 23 - All Supie programs cancelled due to Extended Heat Warning

Due to COVID-19 safety measures, Supie programs have been modified to follow provincial guidelines. For more information, visit the Safe Return to Play webpage.

New for 2021

  • Combination of staff led-programs and self-directed activities, search the map for parks and level of service
  • Self-directed activities are to be completed in small groups within gathering limits at your own pace
  • Parks with staff led programming will be offered between 11:00am-3:30pm. Sign up required on-site, with limited spaces available based on activity and provincial restrictions in place
  • Keep 2m physical distance from those outside of your household at all times
  • Sanitize hands regularly, before and after participating in programs

Summer Supie: July 5 to August 27, 2021

The Supie program offers free drop-in and reservation-based recreation programs during the summer for children at neighbourhood park locations across the city. Programs may include a combination of staff-led and self-directed activities you can do with members of your household.

A few items to keep in mind about Supie:

  • If staff are present, they do not replace parent/guardian supervision.
  • All programs are free of charge.
  • Locations are subject to change without notice.
  • Parks take full advantage of water features like spray pads and wading pools during the hot summer months.
  • For Supie programs with staff on site:
    • Staff will be on site Monday to Friday (excluding holidays, inclement weather, extended heat warnings)
    • Activity blocks are 45 minutes long and led at 11:30 am, 1 pm, and 2:30 pm.

To have a positive and enjoyable program experience, children should bring the following each day:

  • healthy snacks
  • refillable water bottle
  • hat
  • sunscreen
  • running shoes/athletic sandals (no flip flops)

Anyone attending recreation programs are expected to behave in a manner which ensures their own safety and the safety of other participants, staff and volunteers. If a participant does not follow the rules, they will not be allowed to participate.

Supie staff are in the parks to lead and run programs. Supie staff do not replace parent/guardian supervision. 

If the weather is not appropriate for outdoor activities (e.g. rain, thunder, lightning, heat or smog warnings), Supie activities will be modified to ensure participant safety. Supie programs may be cancelled in the event of extreme weather or if it is unsafe for children to participate. 

In the case of an extended Heat Warning, all Supie programs will be cancelled.

The Supie program is celebrating 112 years in 2021. Though there are similar programs across Ontario and throughout Canada, Hamilton is believed to have the longest continually running program in the country.

To mark the milestone and recognize a program that is unique to our community, the City of Hamilton is encouraging residents to share their stories, memories and experiences of Supie.

Do you remember Supie as a child in your neighbourhood? Were you hired as a summer student to work as a Supie? Do your children or grandchildren participate in Supie now? We want to hear from you! Share your Supie story

Supie Videos

Rec in the Park- Plastic Lacing: Butterfly (aka bunny ears)

Rec in the Park- Plastic Lacing: Zipper

Rec in the Park- Plastic Lacing: Square 

Rec in the Park- Plastic Lacing: Cobra

Supie Locations

To find a Supie location, enter a location name, address or intersection into the search box.