Empire Fields, Plateau Sports Park and Greenways is one of the latest components of the Hastings Park / PNE Master Plan to be implemented by PFS Studio. The 2010 revised Master Plan designated Empire Fields as a community sports facility with Plateau Sports Park, a parcel of land between the fields and an historic wooden roller coaster, as a complementary youth oriented activity area. The Master Plan also called for a network of greenways to provide connections through and around the site and surrounding neighbourhoods.
The design of Empire Fields accommodates two full size artificial turf soccer fields which are lined for mini soccer as well as ultimate Frisbee. Also accommodated is a rubberized running path with uphill and downhill components for training and a spectator seating area. The adjacent Plateau Sports Park offers a variety of spaces for self-initiated and youth oriented activities. These include a parkour course, a fully fenced multi use court, beach volleyball courts, a flexible area for outdoor fitness, a bike skills area north of the fields and a family oriented children’s play area.
Photos by Brett Ryan + PFS