Home > Parks, Recreation, and Culture > Facilities and schedules > Fields, courts, and diamonds

Fields, courts, and diamonds

Fields in Vancouver

Enjoy your favourite team sport on one of Vancouver's many outdoor facilities. The city has 153 playing fields ranging from regulation-size grass fields and synthetic turf to gravel fields. 

Most Park Board fields, courts, diamonds and outdoor facilities are available for casual use on a first-come, first-serve basis. The exception is synthetic turf fields (which require a permit), regular fields reserved by a permit-holder, and fields that are closed for maintenance.

When to reserve a field, court, or diamond

Do you want to:

  • Be certain the facility is available exactly when you need it?
  • Use the facility regularly for league practice sessions and games?
  • Schedule a tournament?
  • Use an synthetic turf field?

Apply below for an outdoor facility rental permit to reserve a field, court, or diamond.

Apply for an outdoor facility rental permit

  1. View facility schedules for availability.
    • Grass field restrictions for regulation games: Most of these fields can be booked up to 14 hours per week. Schedule availability is subject to this restriction.
  2. Complete an online reservation request.
    • Outdoor sport court reservations: Provide your non-profit number or society number.
    • Insurance requirements: Reservation requests over 4 hours or for multiple dates require proof of insurance.
    • Accessing your online account: Your account may only be used by you and your authorized agents.
    • Need help? Read a tutorial PDF file (400 KB).
  3. Receive a reply from the Field Booking Office in 7 to 10 business days.
    • Confirm your request dates and times.
    • Review all the disclaimers and notes in your tentative rental agreement.
  4. Pay the rental fee at least 10 business days before your first reservation date (and, if necessary, provide a copy of your insurance and non-profit/society number).
    • Avoid a cancelled request: Pay and provide these items on time.
  5. Receive your approved permit.

How we approve permit applications

We approve permits on a case-by-case basis, based on demand, neighbourhood impacts, park amenities (such as off-street parking), and washroom availability.

Leagues and teams that hold permits and have booked facilities in the past get scheduling priority. Many leagues are affiliated with Sport BC External website and open to the public.

Rates for reserving outdoor facilities

Field rental rates

Find rates for reserving sport facilities, such as fields, baseball diamonds, basketball courts, volleyball courts, tennis courts, and squash and racquetball courts.

Field, court, and diamond activities

Ball, field, and street hockey in Vancouver

Ball, field, and floor hockey

Find out about playing ball hockey, floor hockey, street hockey, and field hockey in Vancouver. Join a team, take a class, or find a field or gym where you can play.

Baseball in Vancouver

Softball, baseball, and t-ball

Vancouver offers numerous softball and baseball diamonds throughout the city including the Nat Bailey Stadium which hosts the Vancouver Canadians and UBC Thunderbirds. You can also join at softball teams or leagues or sign up for classes with many community centres in Vancouver.

Playing squash in Vancouver

Racquetball and squash

The Vancouver Park Board has 8 racquetball or squash courts in 6 different community centres. Find out where you can play and take lessons in these high-paced, aerobic sports.

Children playing soccer in Vancouver


In Vancouver, soccer has one of the longest playing seasons of any sport. Whether you want to find a soccer field, sign up for lessons, join a team or league, or just find out who to watch and where, there are many opportunities to enjoy soccer in Vancouver.

Playing tennis in Vancouver


Whether you are a beginner or experienced tennis player, you will find lots of opportunities to play in Vancouver. Find a tennis court, sign up for tennis lessons, or join a tennis club.

Playing beach volleyball on Kitsilano beach in Vancouver


Vancouver has many options for playing volleyball. Find out about using indoor and outdoor volleyball courts, joining a volleyball league, or taking a volleyball course or workshop.

Join the Vancouver Field Sports Federation

Vancouver Field Sports Federation

Learn about the Field Sports Federation and become a member of the Federation to help keep Vancouver’s playing fields in good condition.

Ask. Tell. Connect.

Phone 3-1-1 to ask, tell, and connect with the City

Outside Vancouver:

Speak your own language

When should you call 9-1-1? Click to find out       Deaf? Have difficulty speaking? Click to learn how to make a TTY call

More ways to contact us

Contact the Park Board

Questions about permits, insurance, or reserving an outdoor Parks facility?

Phone:  3-1-1
Fax: 604-257-8501


Teaching classes in parks

Private recreation activities

Want to host a private or commercial recreational activity in a Vancouver park? Find out if you need a permit and how to get one.

Read the report

Playing Field Renewal Plan  (2002, 30 pages).

Smoke-free parks since 2010

About the smoking bylaw

Parks and recreation for all

Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation

About the Park Board

Sign up for the Rec Report newsletter


 View past newsletters

Last modified: Tue, 15 Sep 2015 14:58:12

Volleyball leagues and tournamentsField rental ratesInsurance for field rentalsField regulationsVancouver Field Sports Federation