The City of Hamilton operates more than 40 Recreation Centres. The mix of arenas, outdoor pools, wading pools, splash pads, outdoor skating rinks and indoor facilities means members can enjoy their favourite sports year-round. Recreation programs are not limited however to sports – recreation centres offer programs for children in arts, drama and music, as well as day camps to keep kids busy during school breaks.
In addition both the YMCA and YWCA offer recreational facilities and programs for the whole family.
Many of the programs are free or do not cost very much to use. For some programs, you might be eligible for a lower price, depending on your household income. As a parent, you can get a tax credit for your child’s participation in prescribed recreation programs.
During the summer, the City of Hamilton runs a free Recreation program in local parks. “Supies” run daily activities for children, including sports, games and crafts, with parents present.
Gage Park is a popular urban park in Hamilton. With over 30 hectares of land, the park features a tropical greenhouse, outdoor gardens, walking paths, wide open fields and an outdoor band shell where musicians play during annual events. Within the park, you will also find the Hamilton Children’s Museum.
Hamilton’s Waterfront is another great spot for family fun. Bayfront part is home to waterfront views and paths; Pier 4 park offers a water-play area and playground; and at nearby Pier 8 you’ll find Hamilton’s Outdoor Ice Rink, for fun on ice or wheels all year round.