The Brockton Playing Fields are a few large grass fields at Brockton Point in Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada. The fields are regularly used for Cricket matches, Ultimate Frisbee, and large special events, concerts, and outdoor festival. The fields are grass and unmarked. The exception is a baseball diamond on one of the fields which has a gravel infield and a chain-link backstop.
The Brockton Playing Fields were the city of Vancouver's primary sports playing fields in the first 50 years of the city. Before Vancouver even became a city, the land where the playing fields are was cleared by Jerry, who had the 'Jericho' area and beach named after him, for Edward Stamp for the original sawmill in Vancouver. However, the sea current's in this area of Burrard Inlet were too strong so the mill was abandoned and eventually built at Gastown where the city was officially started. There is a plaque to Edward Stamp on a large rock on the north side of the playing fields area.
The Brockton Playing Fields were cleard by teams of oxen in 1891 by the Brockton Point Athletic Club!
The Brockton Playing Fields are located at Brockton Point, which is the east-most part, of Stanley Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada.
There are a number of parking lots near the Brockton Playing Fields and some street parking. The first parking lot that you will encounter will be at the Totem Poles. We recommend that you don't park here for the playing fields. The second parking lot that you will encounter is at the Brockton Point Lighthouse. This is a 5 minute walk to the playing fields. The next parking lot is right at the playing fields on the north side. This is a large parking lot which goes all the way up to the Vancouver Aquarium . We recommend that you park in this parking lot when using the playing fields. Note that for large events and festivals this parking lot is closed right near the playing fields for support vehicles. For more information about parking and prices, read this: Parking in Stanley Park
To get to the Brockton Playing Fields by Bicycle take the Stanley Park Seawall bicycle path from Coal Harbour into Stanley Park. It is a 5-10 minute bicycle ride to get to the playing fields from Coal Harbour. Note that the Stanley Park seawall bicycle path is one direction, i.e. counter-clockwise, so you cannot take it back from the playing fields to Coal Harbour. We recommend that you either ride one of the Trails on the inside of Stanley Park back or just walk your bicycle back on the seawall.
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