Inclement Weather Field Policy

August 18, 2011 – 8:57pm — John Kilbank
  • Grass fields are CLOSED when there is standing water, frost, ice, or snow on the grass and until the condition clears.
  • Turf fields are CLOSED when there is frost, ice or if snow is sticking to the turf and until the condition clears.
  • Consideration should always be given to the safety of players in frosty, icy, snowy, and extremely cold conditions.

Poor weather conditions or unsafe field conditions are the primary reasons for sportsfield closures.  Experience has shown that most turf damage occurs with field overuse or use during inclement weather.  If your home field is damaged as a result of play during inclement weather the Parks Department may not be able to provide an alternative facility.  Thus it is in everyone’s interest to ensure that fields are not used when play damages the playing surface.  In order to meet the demand for high quality fields and ensure a safe playing field both weather and field conditions are monitored on a weekly basis to ensure that scheduled games do not:

  • Cause abnormal damage to the field surface
  • Jeopardize further scheduled use of fields
  • Compromise personal safety of league players or general public

When a field is closed, it is the responsibility of sport team coaches to ensure that fields are not played upon.  Any teams caught playing on the field may forfeit the right to play on that field for the remainder of the season.