Recreation and Facilities


Cayuga Arena – Mass Vaccination Clinic

Why do we need a facility of this size?

  • we need to vaccinate in large volumes (thousands of people) and thus we need a large venue which can scale up quickly as we need it;
  • a mass vaccination clinic (MVC) is significantly more efficient than a number of smaller local clinics – we can accomplish more of what we need to in a shorter period of time with a MVC;
  • a MVC requires multiple separate distinct areas/rooms within a facility to serve a particular purpose, such as:
    • reconstitution area – to store, prepare the vaccine
    • administrative area – to screen people, complete forms/consents
    • inoculation area – to administer the vaccine
    • recovery area – for people to wait post inoculation / staff to monitor for adverse reactions prior to releasing

An arena allows us to accomplish all of the above. The DCLC and other halls are not large enough to meet the requirements of a MVC.

Why now - can't you just prepare it when you need it?

  • We need to start now as the total preparation time is measured in weeks (i.e. 1 to 2 weeks to remove ice, 1 to 2 weeks for clinic set up).

Won't you have lots of lead time to get ready?

  • We need to be ready for when the vaccine is made available – we could receive (literally) several days notice to activate. Thus, the facility needs to be ready to go ASAP.

There is a major shortage / limited shipment of vaccine - won't the facility just sit empty until we receive more?

  • There is always that possibility; however, contrary to what the public hears in the news, large amounts of vaccine could be made available at any time for priority population / persons (i.e. seniors/health care workers) of which we have thousands. The public is not in the know of exact status of vaccines, and they cannot know due to security issues.

Why Cayuga?

  • Cayuga is central and has an ideal physical layout and the rooms/space for a properly functioning MVC.

Users will be impacted, why not select another arena facility?

  • Using this arena causes the least amount of impact/displacement of users (note: the displaced users in Cayuga will be accommodated in other arenas and will be given equal prime time ice through re-allocation process).

As staff, in working with the vaccination team, we have identified that this is a matter of setting public health as the priority (over other uses/typical functions of an arena facility). We believe that it is critical for us to be prepared in advance and not ‘just in time’.  Our plans to move now may put us in a position where we are overly prepared and ready too soon, but that is a better position to be in than one where we are underprepared and ready too late.  Being underprepared, quite literally, could be a matter of life or death for some residents of the County.


Haldimand County offers a wide variety of recreational opportunities for the entire community. We provide the best in programs, parks and services at a great value to our residents. Haldimand County has several acres of developed parkland, many kilometres of beautiful trails and pathways, community playgrounds, arenas, outdoor pools, baseball fields, tennis courts, skate parks and community centres.

For questions or concerns regarding programming, please contact the Community Development and Partnerships Division at or 905-318-5932 x8383.

For concerns regarding parks and facilities conditions or repairs, please contact the Facilities and Parks Operations Helpdesk at or 905-318-5932 x6503 (voicemail).



Community Halls

Dunnville Memorial Arena & Community Lifespan Centre

Parks and Pavilions


Pools and Splash Pads

Pools and Splash Pads



Skate Parks

skate parks

Sports Fields


Tennis/Pickleball Courts

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Trails and Pathways

Cayuga Grand Vista

The Parks and Recreation Service Plan Update for Haldimand County is a vehicle for implementing new development and renovation projects, and for maintaining and preserving existing facilities and infrastructure. It also provides a means for articulating common parks and recreation purpose within Haldimand, and for communicating to its residents, regulatory agencies, and the County at large.

Parks and Recreation Service Plan – DRAFT Final

Parks and Recreation Service Plan – Appendices