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City shuts down sports fields, ball diamonds due to rain

'When it rains, soil becomes saturated which can make it dangerous for participants and damage facilities'
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Soccer pitch nets line up at Eastview Community Park.

Sports fields throughout the city have been closed, along with ball diamonds, in light of recent rain.

“When it rains, soil becomes saturated which can make it dangerous for participants and damage facilities. If sports fields are damaged and repairs are necessary, it might mean an extended closure until the field is fixed and safe for play,” states a Thursday post on the city’s website. “We may not be able to provide groups with an alternate facility during a field closure. So it is in everyone’s best interest to ensure that fields are not used if play will damage the turf.”

Groups that use sports fields and diamonds anyway will be charged and invoiced at the full, unsubsidized rate, and will be held responsible for the cost of field repairs as well as any resulting revenue losses, the post explains. In addition, that group’s other facility contracts may be revoked.

The city’s sports fields are inspected daily, Monday to Friday, with closure notices made public by 2 p.m.