Maintenance & Closures

City staff who work on the fields strive to provide a safe and playable surface for the permitted users.

Many of our employees have played, or presently do play, on local sports teams, so they have a good understanding of the requirements that our user groups expect.

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The Parks Division follows a very intensive maintenance and improvement program for all sports fields. We have increased our field maintenance equipment to provide an increased level of care and maintenance to our turf and granular based playing surfaces. For example, we have made nail drags for the ball diamonds, purchased better line marking machines, and upgraded our tractors.

Field Closures

Poor weather conditions or unsafe field conditions are the primary reasons for sportsfield closures. Experience has shown that most turf damage occurs with field overuse or use during inclement weather. If a field is damaged as a result of play during inclement weather, the Parks Division may not be able to provide an alternative facility.

It is in everyone's interest to ensure that fields are not used when play damages the playing surface. In order to meet the demand for high quality fields and ensure a safe playing field, both weather and field conditions are monitored on a daily basis to ensure that scheduled games do not:

  • Cause abnormal damage to the field surface
  • Jeopardize further scheduled use of fields 
  • Compromise personal safety of league players or general public

When a field is closed, it is the responsibility of sport team coaches to ensure that fields are not played upon. Any teams caught playing on the field may forfeit the right to play on that field for the remainder of the season.

Field Closure Procedure

Fields are inspected every Thursday by Parks Division staff for the following:

  • Standing water on field 
  • Areas of the field that are devoid of turf 
  • Frozen field 
  • Ongoing field repair 
  • Periods of forecasted severe weather warnings 
  • Unsafe playing surface 
  • Foreign debris

If any of these conditions occur, fields may be temporarily or permanently closed.

Field Open - Coaches' Responsibilities

Although fields may be open for play as of Friday, noon, weather and field conditions may deteriorate by game time. In these situations, it is the responsibility of field users to determine whether or not to resume play. The City Parks Division also has the right to close fields. Coaches are required to avoid high use areas near the regular goal mouth areas when using fields for practices, and not to practice on wet fields.

User Discretion - Coaches' Responsibilities

With user discretion, we have empowered the user(s) to make common sense decisions about whether or not to cancel an event on their field. We ask that, if there is frost or standing water on any area of the field or it is too wet to play, to postpone and reschedule the event. Please notify the Parks Permit Clerk the next day to advise if you have postponed an event.

Field Maintenance

The Parks Operation staff provides turf management services for all city parks and fields, most improved boulevards and city grounds, including the city cemetery, and green space in Beacon Hill Park. Also trail, infrastructure maintenance and litter control services are carried out year round to help ensure that Victoria's parks and green spaces remain clean and safe for visitors of all ages and for everyone's enjoyment.

For field, park and washroom maintenance or other inquiries, please contact 250.361.0600 weekdays from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm or leave a message after regular hours and we will contact you on the next business day. We can also be contacted by E-mail.

Booking Fields and User Fees

The City's sportsfields are allocated to the sports clubs in Victoria, but they are also available for rental. Fields are charged out at an hourly rate with user groups being allocated blocks of time as scheduled prior to playing season.

For more information, or to book a field, please email the Permit Clerk.