Fort Saskatchewan sports fields opened for the season on Monday (Apr.30).
Despite the long winter, the fields opened on schedule, in time for the spring sports season.
Crews got off to a late start cleaning the fields this year due to the frost staying in the ground longer than normal. Thanks to the recent warm weather, the spring clean-up got back on track.
“So with those few warm days, that really helped us along,” said the city's parks manager Jean Dabels. “So our operators got out there and did de-thatching, aeration and got them up and ready to go.”
Sports fans, parents, coaches and players can keep up to date on field statuses and closures by checking the city’s website or signing up for the city’s e-notifications.
Dabels said that heavy rainfall is the number one cause of field closures.
“Running on the fields can damage them and as well it’s not safe for the public to be playing on them when they're super wet and slippery,” she said.
Sports field statuses are not updated after 3 p.m. or on weekends or holidays. Coaches do get the final say in determining whether to play if conditions changes.
Fort Saskatchewan has 23 baseball diamonds, 4 T-ball diamonds, 19 soccer fields and two football fields.