The city may need to close fields from time to time for maintenance or to prevent damage due to frost, snow-cover, or saturated ground. The most common cause of long-term damage to outdoor fields is playing on them when they are too wet.
It is not always this easy to make the decision to close fields. All decisions to close fields are done for player safety and to preserve the season-long playability of the fields.
It is too wet to play if:
There is standing water on the field.
Your shoe leaves an imprint on the field.
The following is considered when making a decision about fields:
Amount of precipitation received in past 24 hours
Field condition - conditions vary between fields and locations
Moisture level within the fields
Time of the year (spring turf is delicate)
What activities are scheduled (pee wee soccer vs. adult soccer)
Weekday Closure Process
Field closure decisions for high school play will be made by noon and for youth organizations by 3 pm, Monday through Friday.
If a closure is necessary, the city will:
Email sports directors/high school athletic directors