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The Best Outdoor Sports Fields in Toronto

Posted by Tori Piccin / May 29, 2015

outdoor sports fields torontoThe best outdoor sports fields in Toronto are some of the hottest spots in the city during the summer. The possibilities are endless when it comes to outdoor activities - all you have to do is show up! Lucky for us, outdoor playing fields are abundant in Toronto and many have been spruced up just in time for you to run, kick, throw and, most importantly, play on.

Here's a list of some of the best outdoor sports fields in Toronto.

See also: The best indoor sports fields in Toronto

Varsity Stadium
The 5,000-seat University of Toronto stadium is probably the most impressive field in the city outside of the Rogers Centre and BMO Field. Varsity stadium is a state-of-the-art artificial turf field with a 400m eight-track lane. The field is often booked up for international and intramural competitions, so book way ahead if planning something here.

Cherry Beach Sports Fields
Perfect for a game of pick-up or to practice with friends, the two regulation-sized elite soccer and lacrosse fields at Cherry Beach are a top spot for recreational sports in the city. The artificial turf fields can also accommodate field-hockey, football and ultimate frisbee and are home to many recreational sports leagues throughout the summer.

Sunnybrook
This beautiful park located in the northeast of the city centre offers a scenic alternative to many parks further south. The fields, which include cricket and soccer, are surrounded by multiple bike trails and dog parks, making the phrase fun in the sun rather apt. The only downside is that Sunnybrook is usually quite busy, especially on weekends.

Lamport Stadium
This 9,600 seat stadium in Liberty Village is just dying for you to kick a ball around. Lamport Stadium is a turf field primarily used for soccer and field hockey, and is a great space to blow off some steam after-work or on the weekend.. Looking to join a sports team this summer? Lamport is used often by outdoor sports leagues and is great at night.

Centennial Park
Centennial park in Etobicoke offers so much more than an outdoor space to run around on. Aside from the lush scenery, it has seven soccer fields, a baseball diamond, five softball diamonds, a 120-acre golf course, an eight-lane track, two cricket pitches and an exercise course. There's also 3,500 seat stadium primarily used for athletics and soccer.

Birchmount Stadium
Located at Kingston road and Birchmount, this stadium is a multi-purpose outdoor sports facility known for hosting an array of amateur events. The astro-turf field is in wonderful condition after being rebuilt in 2006, and is now surrounded by an 8-lane track, all open to the public throughout the entire summer.

Eglinton Flats
A huge outdoors space built on the Humber river flood plan, Eglinton Flats is a sports-focused park that draws a crowd of limber athletes. The flats have six soccer fields, four field hockey pitches, a rugby field, a football field, winterized tennis courts and two cricket pitches. The condition of the fields isn't always the best, but the scale is impressive.

North York Civic Centre Soccer Fields
These seven full-size soccer pitches are located at Bathurst and Finch, and almost always some space to get a game on. In my opinion, these are the best fields to practice on solo or in small groups. Whether it be soccer, frisbee, football, the fields at North York Civic Centre provide just the right combination of space and serenity.

Keelesdale Park
Keelesdale Park has two of the finest baseball diamonds in Toronto. The south side diamond is unfortunately unlit, so daytime play is the only time to make use of this outdoor area. Need to satisfy some late night baseball urges? Head over to the north side of the park for a nicely lit and fenced hardball diamond, usually being used by one of the many summer baseball leagues in the city.

Photo of the Cherry Beach soccer fields via Waterfront Toronto

Discussion

15 Comments

TJ / May 29, 2015 at 01:44 pm
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I know at least some of these fields are by permit only. Toronto is pretty strict in recent years on enforcement of permit users only on such fields.
s / May 29, 2015 at 01:46 pm
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No Riverdale Park West? It may see a lot of wear and tear, but the baseball diamonds there are very much loved.
Rugger / May 29, 2015 at 02:12 pm
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Worth noting that Sunnybrook has two rugby fields as well, although the city seems determined to put soccer on them.
SteveM / May 29, 2015 at 02:19 pm
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Birchmount Stadium home of the Robbie.
Rama Lama / May 29, 2015 at 03:58 pm
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L'Amoureaux ('Lameroo') is very good and also has lots of tennis courts.
Noah replying to a comment from SteveM / May 29, 2015 at 11:51 pm
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Came to the comments only to see if someone had posted this. Well done Steve.
Brian / May 30, 2015 at 02:13 pm
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What about basketball courts ?
Jam / May 30, 2015 at 05:20 pm
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We have a group here in Toronto that organizes tournaments between Torontonians and several visitor, visiting students and expat groups. If you are into pick up sports and want to join soccer, softball, volleyball or cycling please contact me
Poznan / June 1, 2015 at 03:00 pm
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Varsity stadium is the best. I think so. Thanks for posting all this fantastic places.
jm / June 1, 2015 at 05:16 pm
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Id put East Point Park on the list, great location, feels pretty remote, but right at the lake. Great spot for baseball...
Aaron C / June 1, 2015 at 10:07 pm
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Coronation park by the Exhibition grounds is the best place in the city for softball.
Moosen / June 4, 2015 at 04:43 pm
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Centennial Park :) Don't forget go-karts, batting cages, kids' splash pad, picnic zones, conservatory, "ski hill" (beginners!), and a soon-to-be-open-to-the-public BMX course.
y8 / June 9, 2015 at 06:08 am
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I agree with the idea that there is a coincidence.
si / June 19, 2015 at 08:09 am
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Centennial (main field) used to have one of the finest pitches; natural grass and we'll kept. What a pleasure it used to be to play there. One of the other top natural grass fields was Oakland's (De LA Salle private school at Avenue Road south of St. Clair). They are currently doing work there and I really hope they don't go artificial turf. That field was brilliant.
Manuel replying to a comment from Jam / July 31, 2015 at 03:31 pm
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is it drop in/ pick-up soccer?

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