To keep fields safe, open, and meet the standard for high quality fields, the City has set guidelines for inclement weather and team sports playing on wet fields.
When possible some exceptions could include, closing a limited number of fields (Premier fields, which is due to the heavy demand/use they receive) or user discretion when feasible.
Turf damage to fields occurs when overused or used during inclement weather. Prolonged rain or heavy downpours with field use will cause irreparable damage to the turf. This happens in early spring and late fall and includes snowfall and removal of snow for football games and practices.
Warm weather in the spring may result in fields being free of snow and appear playable. However, they're not officially open but may be used casually by users assuming all liability.
Inclement Weather Process
To keep damage to a minimum and ensure play safe conditions, fields may be closed during inclement weather. This reduces repair costs and the potential for the field to be out of service for extended lengths of time.
Staffed Facility field bookings will be consolidated to one or two venues in the late fall to limit the damage and allow fields to be ready for spring season play the following year.
- Amount of precipitation
- Presence of standing water on the field
- Drainage capabilities of the field/site
- Safety of the field
- Amount of damage that could occur
- Number of fields closed
- Time of year
- Amount of stress on the field
- Are there “must play” events that can't be postponed?
- Input from onsite staff at Athletic Facilities
Once an assessment has been made the City makes a decision to open or close the fields. The Sports Fields Facility Notifications is updated and information is provided to 311.