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Hastings Community Park little league diamond upgrade

The baseball diamond at Hastings Community Park, with PNE Playland in the background

The Vancouver Park Board is renovating the Little League Diamond at Hastings Community Park, 3300 East Pender Street, as part of the Capital Field Upgrade Program.

The project began in July 2013 and construction is expected to start in summer 2014.

The baseball field will be closed for renovations from summer 2014 to spring 2016, in time for the 2016 Little League National Championship tournament.

Recent developments with this project

Open house

July 14, 2016 - The Vancouver Park Board has received a request from the Hastings Community Little League to name two baseball diamonds in Hastings Community Park. The league would like to name the main baseball field "Richard Saunders Field" and the smaller, rookie baseball field "Volunteer Field".

Richard Saunders has volunteered with the Hastings Community Little League for more than 30 years in various roles, including coach and president, and raised substantial funding for field renovations.

Learn more at an upcoming open house.

Event date: July 18, 2016, 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Location: Hastings Community Centre boardroom, 3096 East Hastings Street

Construction begins with groundbreaking ceremony on July 18

July 16, 2014 – The Vancouver Park Board is holding a groundbreaking ceremony that will kick off the reconstruction of the little league baseball diamonds at Hastings Community Park. The groundbreaking takes place Friday, July 18 at 10:30am.

Attend the November 21 information meeting

October 16, 2013 – Learn more about the Little League Diamond upgrade project at the upcoming information meeting.

Event date: November 21, 2013, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Location: Hastings Community Centre Auditorium, 3096 East Hastings Street

Baseball diamond assessed

August 22, 2013 – A site survey and geotechnical assessment was completed.

Renovation project receives $150,000 grant from Jays Care Foundation

Jays Care Foundation logoJuly 16, 2013 – The Toronto Blue Jays, through Jays Care Field of Dreams grant program, have committed $150,000 towards rebuilding two baseball diamonds at Hastings Community Park. This grant program invests in the creation of safe youth spaces, including baseball fields, across Canada so that all kids can reach their full potential.

These funds will play a significant role in providing much-needed improvements to the baseball diamonds, including backstop replacements, diamond reconfiguration, soil and sod replacement, and drainage and sprinkler installation.

This renovation will allow HCLL to host the 2016 National Little League Championship, expand its programming by 72 players, and create additional field times for all players.

Consultant hired to design upgrades and monitor construction

July 2013 – The Vancouver Park Board has retained Van Der Zalm & Associates to provide design and construction monitoring services.

Work leading up to this project

This project is funded from the 2012-2014 Capital Plan, in partnership with the Hastings Community Little League.

Hastings Community Little League

Hastings Community Little League (HCLL) is a non-profit sports organization established in 1953 that provides five divisions of safe, fun, and positive baseball programs for children aged 4 to 12. The little league is powered by volunteers and parents, and its programs teach the youth good sportsmanship, fair play, teamwork, competition, courage and respect. The league plays games at Hastings Community and Falaise Parks located in East Vancouver.

HCLL has been selected to host the 2016 Little League National Championship tournament at Hastings Community Park. For ten days in August, thousands of spectators will cheer on teams competing to represent Canada at the Little League World Series in Pennsylvania. The league won the National Championship in 2009 and 2012.

HCLL operates under Little League International, the world's largest youth sports organization with over 2 million youth playing in 86 countries worldwide.