June 20, 2017

Hamilton Community Foundation opens doors across the city for Canada 150
A Place to Belong event provides free access to museums, rec centres and conservation areas

Hamilton, ON – On July 2, 50 cultural, conservation and recreational sites across the city will be open to the public with free admission courtesy of Hamilton Community Foundation.

The day-long event called A Place to Belong, is a Canada 150 initiative involving a number of local partners like the Art Gallery of Hamilton, Canadian Heritage Warplane Museum, Workers’ Heritage and Arts Centre and Royal Botanical Gardens. Twenty-one recreational centres, 18 conservation areas, and 11 museums and galleries are among the venues open to the public on July 2.

“This is a perfect way for Hamilton Community Foundation to celebrate belonging and inclusion in Hamilton,” says Terry Cooke, president & CEO. “Quite simply, Hamiltonians are the reason why HCF exists and we wanted to create an event that will allow everyone to enjoy many of the city’s treasures regardless of their age, background, interest or financial circumstance.”

Admission to these sites is free for the day and most include free parking. All the day’s activities are family-friendly and vary from venue to venue.

“Have a swim, go for a picnic or enjoy our museums and world class gardens,” says Cooke. “From Dundas to Stoney Creek, downtown to the mountain, no matter where you live in Hamilton there’s a free activity nearby. Opening doors is just another way that HCF is creating a vibrant, inclusive Hamilton — a place where everyone belongs.”

A Place to Belong is made possible by the Community Fund for Canada’s 150th, a collaboration between Hamilton Community Foundation, Community Foundations of Canada, and the Government of Canada.

Visit for complete list of participating venues.

Hamilton Community Foundation has been working to drive positive change in Hamilton since 1954. We do this by helping people give in a way that has meaning to them and impact in the community, providing grants and financing to charitable organizations and initiatives and bringing people together to address priority issues that affect Hamiltonians. Last year HCF gave 594 grants to 230 charities, granting some $7.9 million across the community.

The Community Fund for Canada’s 150th is an effort led by Community Foundations of Canada and the national network of community foundations with the support from the Government of Canada and leaders from coast to coast to coast.


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