Campus Grounds

McMaster's outstanding grounds, situated adjacent to Cootes Paradise Wetlands and the Royal Botanical Gardens in the Niagara Escarpment, is a key factor in attracting students, staff, and visitors to campus.

Facilities Services' Grounds Department is responsible for providing quality grounds management of approximately 300 acres of campus including landscape design, turf maintenance, floral displays, forestry, special event set-up, litter control, and winter control operations. Full-time staff, augmented by student gardeners and contracted services perform both ongoing landscape maintenance activities as well as landscape construction projects. Grounds staff is proud to be honoured with the 2006 President's Award of Excellence for outstanding service to the University. Click here to view Grounds service level standards.

Sustainability is a focus of management of the campus, with stewardship of natural lands, forest, watershed and the urban landscape of primary concern. A haven of diverse ecosystems and wildlife, McMaster's abundant natural lands provide a unique university setting, and opportunity for study.

Public safety is also a primary concern, with attention paid to creating year-round safe, accessible roadways, paths and open spaces for the campus community. The Campus Master Plan emphasizes the creation of areas of "compelling spaces", where people work, play, study and relax. McMaster campus showcases a dynamic blend of vibrant, functional public spaces with many intimate, creative outdoor spaces for people to connect.

Our grounds are renowned for their excellence in horticultural displays, which is a favorite attribute mentioned by summer conference visitors. McMaster is truly a year round campus jewel.



May 11, 2017