Spring Sports Delayed By Snow

April 03, 2018 06:31 PM

The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board says heavy spring snow is wreaking havoc on scheduling and field maintenance for spring sports.

"Typically by now, we're out doing routine maintenance," the board's Brett Kath said. "Getting the turf ready, putting up wind screens, adjusting batting cages, working our dugouts."


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Kath said because of the weather, there's no way spring sports participants can get on the department's 397 multipurpose fields.

Crews are stuck either plowing snow or breaking down ice rinks. And even that is made harder by the cold weather.

"Right now, there (is) about six inches of frost on a lot of our fields, which means a lot of our brackets for our ice rinks are still stuck in the ground, and that pushes us back even more," Kath said.

Typically, kids would be starting softball and baseball practice by now, with games starting in a couple of weeks.

"But they're not able to practice right now," the board's Jack Bartsch said. "We have a limited number of gyms, and those are reserved for other things. So the kids are at home and the coaches and the players are itching to get out on the field."

When it comes to games, the park board said it will try to make them up so kids can have a full season.


Todd Wilson

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