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City Closes Sport Fields

Thursday, July 14, 2016 @ 12:33 PM

Prince George, B.C.- The City of Prince George is closing all civic fields  immediately because of  over saturated turf.

The closure follows  heavy rainfall in the area.  City staff have assessed  the  sport fields and say  there is standing water,  and soaked turf.  Those conditions  increase the risk of injuries to players, and damage to the turf.

Staff will inspect the fields again tomorrow  to determine if the fields will  reopen.


Another adverse weather story..? Brace yourselves..The chemtrail comments are coming..!


    Water pools on the fields because the earth is flat.

A little drainage goes a long ways .

Water pools in a lot of areas because there is no such thing as “flat” ground and because the soil is often not pervious enough.

There is standing water where I walk our dog, such as the 40+ year old landfill site on First Avenue which is capped with clay soils and has trails which have low spots and become useless in years like we have this year.

The fenced off leash dog park at Duchess Park is the same. The centre area turns into mud for days with the continuous rain.

When it comes to large sports fields, they need to have their recommended slopes from center of the fields to the edges, the same as paved and unpaved roads have.

When two sports fields are next to each other, the low spots have to drain away to the ends of the fields, or water has to be collected with piped drainage to storm sewers or rock pits large enough to provide temporary storage as it eventually percolates through to lower layers of soil.

I believe many of the sports fields actually sit on deep layers of natural gravel, with the tip layers removed when they were constructed and replaced with soil which renders the fields less pervious to rain to retain moisture for the sod required for the playing surface of a soccer field, for instance.

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