Fields in Vancouver

Fields, courts, and diamonds

COVID-19 update: bookings

The Park Board Permitting Office is temporarily not accepting new requests for spring and summer seasons while we are processing current permit holders return to play.

Key requirements that permit holders must follow are based on the current Provincial Health Officer's Order, valid until June 14, 2021:

  • Develop and submit an updated COVID-19 safety plan that complies with the current Provincial Health Orders, via Sport's Return to Sport Guidelines, and your Provincial Sport Organization's Guidelines.
  • Arrive no earlier than 10 minutes prior to your permitted time and depart within 10 minutes after your permitted time. Clean your own equipment.
  • Outdoor sport gatherings are limited to 50 people (including instructors and coaches).
  • Sport travel is limited to the home club (very local).
  • Spectators are not allowed at this time.

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: All reservation requests 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 (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.

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 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, softball, 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.

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.


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.


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.


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.

Find out about Vancouver Sport Hosting Grants

Sport hosting grants

Provides financial support for sporting events that might bring significant direct and indirect economic, social, health, and community development benefits to Vancouver

Contact the Park Board

Questions about permits, insurance, or reserving an outdoor Parks facility?
Fax: 604-257-8501

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.

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About the Park Board

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Playing Field Renewal Plan  (2002, 30 pages).

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