City fields looking good
No late-season blizzards. No torrential downpours resulting in floods. No frost.
Shawn Cook must be pinching himself.
The city’s parks and operations supervisor was happy to report that Kamloops’ sports fields are “probably in the best shape they’ve been in at this time of year in quite some time.”
Cook said user groups will benefit from a mild winter.
“It wasn’t incredibly cold over the winter,” he said.
“We had little, if any, frost on the ground of our sports fields.
“It’s been good for us with the snow cover, too. It limited the amount of geese on the fields. They chew and they eat all winter if there’s no snow cover.”
Last year was a different story.
“We had a massive melt,” Cook said.
“It was really quick, and we had some field damage and we had the flooding as well on McArthur Island.”
With Easter tournaments just around the corner and minor sports leagues set to kick into full swing in April, Cook is thrilled with the work maintenance crews have done.
“It’s good not to see a huge amount of turf damage and being able to tell the user groups we can start on time, and maybe early,” he said.
“We’re the Tournament Capital, so we try and boast about our fields when teams come out here from out of town.”