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Ten proposed projects will improve sports fields’ amenities across the city

June 6 2014

“We are very pleased to have received major funding to improve the functionality and comfort of our field facilities for users of all ages and abilities,” said Park Board Chair Aaron Jasper.

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The Vancouver Park Board is teaming up with the City of Vancouver, community sport partners, and professional baseball with a proposal to spend over $3 million on new and upgraded playing field amenities across Vancouver. 
 
Pending Park Board approval Monday, June 9, the 10 projects are expected to begin in the fall. The projects will deliver washrooms, change rooms, showers, storage, renovations to field houses, and other much needed improvements at almost 20 key sports fields.

Read the June 9 meeting agenda

Stakeholder engagement

As part of the planning for the projects, the Park Board completed an extensive stakeholder engagement process in partnership with the Vancouver Sports Network (VSN) and the Vancouver Field Sports Federation (VFSF). The VFSF, which represents over 400 sports clubs in the city, has officially endorsed the recommendations.

“We are very pleased to have received major funding to improve the functionality and comfort of our field facilities for users of all ages and abilities,” said Park Board Chair Aaron Jasper. “We thank the sports community for their strong partnership in the project’s development, and for ongoing support for a better sport experience in the city.”

Benefits

The 10 proposed projects will:

  • Benefit thousands of users and build active communities
  • Advance the goals of the Vancouver Sport Strategy
  • Contribute to the legacy of the 2010 Winter Games by further enhancing our capability to host sporting events

Learn about the Vancouver Sport Strategy

One of the more unique projects will be the City’s first purpose-built Challenger Baseball facility for children with special needs, made possible through additional financial support from the Vancouver Canadians minor league baseball team.

The $3 million was approved under the 2013 capital budget and is part of the City’s Emerging Priorities Fund. The funding will be leveraged by a $205,000 contribution from four local sport partners.

Projects across the city encompass a range of sports

The proposed projects and their park locations, related field sports, and supporting partners are listed below.

Proposed project Parks  Sports played Partner support 

Refurbish the existing field house 

Carnarvon Park

  • Baseball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Jericho Little League and West Side Warriors Football Club 

Build a new multi-use field house 

Oak Meadows Park
(Eric Hamber Playing Field)

  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse 
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate

Vancouver Hawks Hockey Club

Refurbish the existing field house washrooms

Hastings Community Park

  • Baseball

Build a Challenger Baseball field 

Hillcrest Park 

  • Baseball

Vancouver Canadians Baseball Club 

Install a multi-use storage solution 

John Hendry (Trout Lake) Park

  • Baseball
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Scribes Rugby Football Club

Refurbish the existing field house 

Memorial Park South

  • Baseball
  • Cricket
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby 
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Ultimate

Improve lighting and wayfinding signs, and access to change rooms and washrooms

Kerrisdale Park
(Point Grey/
Kerrisdale Playing Field)

  • Baseball
  • Field hockey
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate

Build new washroom facilities 

Van Tech Playing Field

  • Baseball
  • Field hockey
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate

Install players' benches at existing softball fields

Beaconsfield, Champlain Heights, Douglas, Montgomery, and Norquay parks

  • Softball

Install players' shelters at existing artificial turf fields

Hamber, Jericho, Memorial South, Point Grey, Trillium, and Van Tech playing fields

  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse 
  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate

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