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Fieldhouse Activation Program

Animate your neighbourhood: apply by May 31, 2016

The Vancouver Park Board's Fieldhouse Activation Program provides you or your group with space in a fieldhouse and access to parks to create activities that engage the community.

By repurposing underused space in fieldhouses into small community spaces, this program aims to:

  • Animate our neighbourhoods with place-based activities focused on one or more of our priority themes:
    1. Arts
    2. Culture
    3. Sport
    4. Environment
    5. Local food
  • Host programs in locations where people already gather
  • Provide space for user groups in exchange for community engaged activities

Now accepting proposals

Apply by May 31 to be considered for the 2016/2017 program session.

If your proposal is successful, you'll get access to a fieldhouse in a park in exchange for providing 350 hours per year of community-engaged programs and activities.

Examples of current projects

Film still from Iris Film Collective cameraless filmmaking workshop

Film still from cameraless filmmaking workshop (Photo by Iris Film Collective)

Iris Film Collective at Falaise Park Fieldhouse

Iris creates, screens, and exhibits film-based artworks, seeking to increase the visibility and accessibility of experimental media arts.

The collective's key interest is in working in community with celluloid film at a time when this medium is shifting from an industrial model to an artisanal one.

They host film screenings by local, national, and international artists, and offer workshops and projects for community members of all ages.

Iris Film Collective External website

Performance at Templeton Pool by Dance Troupe Practice, photo by Future Smuggler

Performance at Templeton Pool (Photo by Future Smuggler)

Dance Troupe Practice at Pandora Park Fieldhouse

This movement-based performance collective creates work that combines dance, voice, video, and installation.

They explore the connections between dance and everyday life in unexpected places by:

  • Committing to a deep exploration of the moving body and creative collaboration
  • Connecting community needs and interests to their own practices

Dance Troupe Practice External website

Artquake 2014 comics workshop instructor at Cloudscape Comics Collective

Artquake 2014 comics workshop (Photo by Cloudscape Comics Collective)

Cloudscape Comics Collective at Memorial South Park Fieldhouse

This diverse collective of 60+ members takes advantage of Kensington's cultural diversity to promote cultural cross-pollination with sharing stories.

They incorporate stories created in their workshops into the community comics library.

Cloudscape Comics Collective External website

Participants illustrating on film strips for Iris Film Collective cameraless filmmaking workshop

Performance at Templeton Pool by Dance Troupe Practice

Participants creating comics during Artquake 2014 workshop by Cloudscape Comics Collective

What's happening in fieldhouses now?

Fresh Roots Urban Farm Society is the resident organization at the Norquay Neighbourhood Food Hub in Norquay Park

Healthy Local Food Fieldhouse Residency Program

The Vancouver Park Board offers organizations park fieldhouse spaces for free to engage with Vancouver residents to grow and share food. Find the residencies and their public programs and projects.

Dance Troupe Practice

Artist studio residencies in parks and park facilities

The Vancouver Park Board awards artists studio residencies at parks and park facilities to pursue their art and involve the community. Meet the artists, view their projects, and apply for a residency.

Eligibility, locations, and timeline


We welcome your proposal if you are:

  • An artist of any discipline, athlete, ecologist, gardener, cook, or a combination of these
  • A non-profit organization, cooperative, collective, local sports group, cultural group that focuses on arts, culture, sport, environment, or local food, or a combination of these

Locations and priority themes

At four locations, we will give special consideration to proposals that respond to specific priority themes. The remaining locations are suited to any priority theme – arts, culture, sport, environment, and local food.

We encourage collaborations of any themes at all fieldhouses.

Note A location may receive multiple proposals so be flexible with your preferred location.

Locations Priority themes
Adanac Park Environment and local food focus
Elm Park Any theme(s)
Hastings Park Sport focus
Nanaimo Park Sport focus
Riley Park Local food and arts focus
Ross Park Any theme(s)
Clinton Park Any theme(s)


Date Event
April 15, 2016 Applications open
May 10 & 11, 2016 Open houses
May 31, 2016 Applications due
June 2016 Selection and interviews
June 30, 2016 Finalists announced
July 1, 2016 Activations begin (dependent on the nature of the activation and amount of set-up required)
December 31, 2017 Activations end

Kitchen at Grandview-Woodlands Food Connection (photo by Jason Hsieh)

Kitchen at Grandview-Woodlands Food Connection (Photo by Jason Hsieh)

People ripping the flax at Trillium Park North by eartHand Gleaners Society (Photo by Rebecca Graham)

People ripping the flax at Trillium Park North by eartHand Gleaners Society (Photo by Rebecca Graham)

Roles and responsibilities

Select "show more" to read how this program is a partnership between us and you.

How to apply

Prepare the required materials

  1. Statement of vision and intent
    • Length: up to 2 pages
    • File format: PDF or Word
    • Discuss the following:
      • The compelling, exciting, and engaged vision for your project
      • The current direction of your work
      • How you imagine developing relevant community-based programming and practices in this fieldhouse activation
      • Why your project is best suited for a specific fieldhouse (we'll try to accommodate your request), or why it's appropriate for any location
      • The changes you need to make to the fieldhouse so that it'll work for your project
  2. Organizational profile
    • Length: up to 2 pages
    • File format: PDF or Word
    • Profile the key organization(s) involved, including their mission, mandate, relevant projects and programs, and relevant administrative and organizational experience
  3. Resources
    • Download the Excel template Excel file (14 KB)
    • Outline the types of resources you'll need to realize your vision (like in-kind donations of time, services, goods, grants, and revenues) and the likely sources for these resources
  4. Curriculum vitaes for the project lead and all people involved
    • Length: up to 2 pages per person
    • Include each person's full name and contact information, their experience with the priority theme(s), and their role in the residency
  5. Two letters of recommendation
    • Have people and organizations not directly involved in your project explain their support for your capacity to meet the requirements of the residency and the program objectives
  1. Examples of up to 3 of your related projects within the last 5 years that demonstrate your community-based activities and their objectives, successes, and challenges
    • Number: up to 5 items
    • Images:
      • File format: JPG or TIFF
      • File size: less than 3 MB
      • Resolution: less than 300 dpi
      • Dimensions: less than 5 inches wide
    • Video:
      • File format: QuickTime or Windows Media Player
      • Length: less than 3 minutes
    • Audio:
      • File format: MP3
      • Length: less than 3 minutes
    • Website URL that goes directly to examples of your work (optional)
  2. A documentation list of your works and their viewing order
    • Length: up to 1 page
    • File format: PDF or Word
    • Include your name and for each work, its title, media, dimensions (if applicable), location, and date

Name your files

Please use the template ApplicantName_01 where the number indicates the intended viewing order.

Archive or compress your files

Add your files to a ZIP file and use the template ApplicantName.zip.

How we review your application

We consider the following:

  1. Your understanding and experience with community-based practices and existing neighbourhood connections, partnerships, and networks, or your demonstrated ability to build these connections
  2. The extent, depth, and diversity of community benefits that could result from your proposed activation
  3. The potential for your project to support your development
  4. Your experience in relevant past projects and your demonstrated ability to manage them
  1. The local demand for and interest in your proposed project
  2. The suitability and appropriateness of your project's vision and intent for the fieldhouse you request
  3. Your overall potential to meet our program objectives and policy priorities
  4. Your excellence in the field based on previous work (as shown in your organizational profile, CVs, supporting documents, and letters of recommendation)

Contact the program team


Apply for a residency