10:00am, Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Heavy rains have soaked Portland Parks & Recreation's ball fields and athletic fields across the City. The Bureau has mandated that NO practices nor informal/drop-in play can take place today, and we will re-evaluate conditions tomorrow.
The closures and information contained in this message pertain only to PP&R fields, not fields at Portland Public School sites.
The conditions of fields will vary across the city. Due to the strong possibility of extremely wet conditions, coaches and players must evaluate the conditions of their baseball/softball/soccer fields upon arrival, per City protocol. That means if your field is visibly soaked, and/or you sink down close to an inch or so when standing on the grass, you're required to postpone your game until conditions are favorable. Otherwise, you risk injury to yourself and other players - and it creates ruts and lousy conditions on the fields going forward.
Please do not put any kitty litter nor any other substance on the fields in an attempt to dry them faster, and do not attempt to push water off the field or drain it yourself. Those measures are detrimental to the fields’ conditions now and going forward.
Please remember that safety is the most important priority. Use your best judgement when arriving at all park fields for games and practices.
All synthetic, all-weather fields, will remain open for use.
Thanks for understanding as we make decisions with player safety and for the long-term viability of our facilities in mind.