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Come play on opening day at Empire Fields July 18

July 10 2015

Hastings Sports Day logo

We are celebrating the transformation of Hastings Park—the city’s second oldest and second largest park—with an all ages sports day celebration!

Join the party for the renewed Empire Fields and new Plateau Sports Park in Hastings Park on:

  • Saturday, July 18
  • 10:00am to 5:00pm

Walk, bike, or take public transit. There will be extra bike racks on site and parking is limited.

Find out more about Hastings Park

Hastings Sports Day activities

Hastings Sports Day will feature free sports activities including:

  • Volleyball BC adult and youth drop-in beach volleyball
  • Night Hoops youth basketball tournament
  • FIFA grassroots soccer festival for kids presented by BC Soccer
  • Parkour demos
  • BMX race
  • Skateboarding contest
  • BC Soccer cross border tournaments

There will also be:

  • Face painting
  • Crafts
  • Circus performers
  • A photo booth
  • Food trucks
  • Free mini cupcakes for the first 250 people to arrive will be handed out

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Event sponsors and partners

Event media sponsors

  • Vancouver Courier
  • Vancity Buzz
  • Z95.3

Event partners

  • PNE
  • Vancouver Public Library
  • Vancouver Aquarium
  • BC Soccer
  • Volleyball BC
  • Vancouver Skateboard Coalition
  • Origins Parkour
  • Vancouver Dirt Jump Coalition
  • Night Hoops

About Empire Fields and Plateau Sports Park

Hastings Park

Hastings Park is the second largest and second oldest park in Vancouver after Stanley Park. The 153-acre park opened in 1910 and has played a unique and important role in the sporting and cultural history of Vancouver. The park hosted the Empire Games in 1954 where two athletes ran a mile in less than four minutes in the same race—the first time in history. The race took place in Empire Stadium, which was constructed for the Games.

The Miracle Mile statue, which marks the historic race, was moved from the corner of Hastings and Renfrew streets and returned to Empire Fields in November 2014.

After the Empire Games, Empire Stadium remained an important home for BC sports for decades hosting the BC Lions, Whitecaps, and Grey Cup games

Empire Stadium was also where the rock-and-roll revolution took root in Vancouver. The city’s first mega-concerts played here to sold out crowds, including Elvis Presley and the Beatles.

Hastings Park also has ecologically rich, beautiful green spaces. The Sanctuary, a nine-acre forested area, and Creekway Park provide excellent bird-watching opportunities. Il Giardino Italiano and Momiji Gardens provide quiet refuge from the city.

Empire Fields and Plateau Sports Park

Empire Fields and Plateau Sports Park is 15 acres of new and renewed sport, recreation and playground spaces that was completed in the spring of 2015. The $10.5 million construction is a significant outcome of the Hastings Park/PNE Master Plan and delivers on community and Park Board priorities for new park space and improvements in pedestrian and bicycle paths.

Features include:

  • Parkour
  • Bike skills park
  • Table tennis
  • Volleyball court
  • Basketball court
  • Fitness area
  • Playground
  • Two full-sized synthetic turf fields
  • Running track

Greenways for walking and cycling connect this park space to the rest of Hastings Park, New Brighton Park, and the surrounding neighbourhood.

More than 7,000 scrap tires (110,407 pounds of BC rubber) were incorporated into the running track, playground, and slide area.

Partners in transforming Hastings Park

  • BC Government – BikeBC grant
  • Tire Stewardship BC - recycled tires
  • Pacific National Exhibition
  • FIFA - new turf
  • AstroTurf – installed synthetic turf fields
  • BC Hydro – electric vehicle charging station
  • PFS Studio – park design prime consultant
  • Tybo Contracting Ltd. – general contractor
  • Rene Scavington with Origins Parkour – design assistance for parkour spot
  •  Hoots Inc. – designed and built custom pump tracks
  • Cliff Hanger – designed climbing area
  • Public: Architecture + Communications – created Hastings Park identity graphics and designed signage and wayfinding
  • Knight Signs – contractor for new signs

Find out what's new at Hastings Park

Hastings Park

Visit one of one of Vancouver's largest urban parks: Hastings Park. There's lots to enjoy and discover: recreational activities, park spaces, gardens, playground, and sport fields, mixed with an amusement park, horse race trace, and large sport and entertainment venues.