City Profile
Hamilton
Hamilton

Ontario
Population: 579000

  • With 17 community gardens per 100,000 people, Hamilton has the third highest number of community gardens per population.
  • Hamilton is one of about a quarter of cities that offer a formal park volunteer program, a grant program, and a policy to waive permit fees for groups showing financial need.
  • Hamilton is one of 56% of cities with a seniors strategy that includes parks.
Data 2020

4.7

ha parkland per 1000 people

2717 ha of total parkland

46%

of total parkland is natural area

1240 total ha

37%

of parkland is environmentally significant/protected

1010 total ha¹

2%

of total city land is parkland

112775 ha of total city area

14

Dog parks

100

Community gardens/urban farms

2.1

Parkland provision goal (ha per 1000 people)

0.6

Volunteers per 1000 people

350 total²

39

Community park groups

Yes

Policy to waive permit fees for groups with financial need?

Adopt-a-park

Community park group program

$38

Parks operating budget per person

$22,083,870 total

$8,376,000

Total parks capital budget

$154,000

Total philanthropy/sponsorships

Yes

Provincially legislated tools available for parkland development

Community Benefits Charge³

¹Includes ESAs in parks that are maintained, but not owned, by the city. ²Includes volunteers engaged in maintenance/stewardship only. Decrease from 2019 due to program review/administration clean-up. ³This tool was introduced in 2019 and is still under review. Previous Provincial legislation allowed 5% of development site or cash-in-lieu.

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