Winter weather may delay opening of Penticton sport fields
March 8, 2019
Sports enthusiasts may have to wait an additional few weeks before the City’s playing fields are ready for use, the City of Penticton announced yesterday. Prolonged winter temperatures combined with ongoing snow accumulation has delayed maintenance activities to baseball, slo-pitch, soccer and rugby fields that typically open April 1st.
“Spring maintenance includes rototilling infield shale on baseball fields, leveling the infield shale, ensuring that the baseball base anchors are intact, paint lining, tarping soccer goal mouths, removing leaves, raking the turfgrass, and inspecting lights, fences and bleachers”, said Parks Supervisor, Todd Whyte. “Although April 1st remains our target for opening the fields, due to the current ground conditions and weather we will not be able to perform the required maintenance tasks until the fields are dry enough for us to put staff and equipment on the sporting grounds.”
Factors that determine when a playing field can be safely opened include:
- The amount of precipitation that has occurred.
- The presence of standing water on the field.
- Snow or ice cover.
- Drainage capabilities of the field/site.
- Is the field SAFE to play on?
- What kind and how much damage could occur if the fields were to remain open for the event?
- The time of year and the cumulative amount of stress on the field.
“We will send out another notice Monday March 25th to let users know if the fields will be safe for play on April 1st. We thank users for their patience while we wait for Mother Nature to usher in spring weather.”