Poor weather conditions or unsafe field/diamond conditions are the primary reason for sports field closures. Experience has shown that most turf damage occurs with field overuse or use during inclement weather. If you home field/diamond is damaged as a result of playing during inclement weather the Recreation Department may not be able to provide an alternative facility. Thus it is in everyone’s interest to ensure that fields/diamonds are not used when play damages the playing surface. In order to meet the demands of high quality fields and ensures a safe playing field both weather and field conditions are monitored on a weekly basis to ensure that scheduled games and practices do not:
- Cause abnormal damage to field surface
- Jeopardize further scheduled use of fields
- Compromise personal safety of league players or general public
When a fields/diamonds is closed, it is the responsibility of sports team coaches or league presidents to ensure that fields are not played upon. It takes the efforts of every player, parent and coach to help prevent damage and maintain satisfactory field/diamond conditions.
Any team that plays on a sport field that has been closed by the City of Wetaskiwin Recreation Department may be forfeiting the right to play on any sport field maintained by the City of Wetaskiwin for the remainder of the seasons.
Field/Diamond Closure Procedure
Fields are inspected weekly and more frequently as needed, by Recreation Department for the following:
- Standing water on field
- Snow Pack
- Frozen Field
- Ongoing Field Repair
If any of these conditions occur, fields may be temporarily or permanently closed. The Recreation Department will notify the general public by 4pm Monday to Friday of field/diamond status.