Marlo Spence of the Penticton Tigers. (Western News file photo)

Opening of Penticton sports fields may be delayed

Prolonged winter temperatures and snow accumulation may delay opening of fields

Prolonged winter temperatures and snow accumulation may delay the opening of the City of Penticton’s sports fields.

Baseball, slo-pitch, soccer and rugby fields that typically open on April 1 may not be safe for use.

“Spring maintenance includes rototilling infield shale on baseball fields, leveling the infield shale, ensuring that the baseball base anchors are intact, paint lining, tarping soccer goal mouths, removing leaves, raking the turfgrass, and inspecting lights, fences and bleachers,” said parks supervisor Todd Whyte in a news release. “Although April 1 remains our target for opening the fields, due to the current ground conditions and weather we will not be able to perform the required maintenance tasks until the fields are dry enough for us to put staff and equipment on the sporting grounds.”

Related: Sunny skies in the forecast this weekend

Factors that determine when a playing field can be safely opened include: the amount of precipitation that has occurred, the presence of standing water on the field, snow or ice cover, drainage capabilities of the field/site, is the field SAFE to play on, what kind and how much damage could occur if the fields were to remain open for the event and the time of year and the cumulative amount of stress on the field.

“We will send out another notice Monday, March 25 to let users know if the fields will be safe for play on April 1. We thank users for their patience while we wait for Mother Nature to usher in spring weather,” said Whyte.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.


@PentictonNews
newstips@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Tears and laughter celebrate Bruce Johnson’s Life

Over 1,000 people packed the conference hall of the Lakeside to celebrate the life of Bruce Johnson

For New York artist from the darkness comes light

Light has a spiritual life of its own for New York artist who opens his show March 30 in Penticton

Penticton SAR team helicopters injured climber to safety

A 30-year-old woman suffered a suspected lower-limb fracture in Skaha Bluffs Provincial Park

‘Hauntingly gritty’ duo coming to iconic Okanagan music venue

The LYNNeS multi-award-winning Canadian folk artists are going to be in Penticton March 27

Rain on the way for the Okanagan-Shuswap

Vernon’s dust warning is ongoing

Okanagan experts share bike security tips

Geoff Prowse from the Bike Barn and Josh Shulman from Freedom the Bike Shop share their tips.

Bobrovsky perfect as Blue Jackets blank Canucks 5-0

Vancouver shut out for 10th time this season

Kelowna artist featured on furniture

Shandra Smith’s work is now available on credenzas

Destructive blaze in West Kelowna fatal for cat

The fire at a West Kelowna condo claimed the life of one tenant’s cat

Sock Hop aims to send dancers back to another time

Writers’ Festival fundraiser in Salmon Arm springs into step for another year

Man pinned under metal tank in West Kelowna

Emergency personnel are on the scene

Fundraising campaign launched for man caught in SilverStar avalanche

In only two days, the GoFundMe surpassed its $15,000 goal

Terror at sea: Helicopter rescues frightened cruise passengers in Norway

The Viking Sky cruise ship was carrying 1,300 passengers and crew when it experienced engine trouble

DOJ: Trump campaign did not co-ordinate with Russia in 2016

Attorney General William Barr said special counsel “does not exonerate” Trump of obstructing justice

Most Read