Stay off those diamonds!

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Municipal officials are asking for better co-operation from rogue ball players.

They request people stay off baseball diamonds market as permit-use only, unless, of course, they have the field booked at that specific time.

Officials said these baseball diamonds require regular maintenance to ensure they are properly prepared for permit holders such as minor associations and recreational leagues.

“We’ve had a few instances this season where our grass cutting contractors have been unable to cut the field because of the presence of unauthorized groups who refused to vacate,” said Ian Clark, manager of parks, recreation and cemeteries, in a media release. “If we cannot cut the grass on schedule then it results in poor facility conditions.”

Contractors are informed by municipal staff of times when it should be fine to access the fields for grass cutting.

Unauthorized infield activity on permit-use only diamonds also increases the labour burden on volunteers, coaches, and players who clean the infield prior to their bookings for a better quality of play, officials said.

Sport fields without permit-use only signage can be enjoyed by the public for casual use. However the public should always vacate once maintenance workers or permit holders arrive.

As well officials said sport fields everywhere in the municipality should not be used during wet conditions as this could cause damage to the field.

 

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