Balancing Play & Maintenance
The City of Surrey Parks, Recreation and Culture (PRC) Department has a many high quality outdoor athletic facilities for the outdoor sporting community. Each year, tens of thousands of Surrey residents enjoy these facilities for baseball, cricket, field hockey, field lacrosse, football, rugby, soccer and other outdoor activities.
With our mild winters, these outdoor sports continue right through until mid-March. It's important that everyone that uses the fields makes sure they are taken care of through the winter. Since most of the outdoor activities happen during the dormant season for the natural turf grasses, sports fields can be damaged and aren't able to be repaired until April.
All natural grass sports fields need a rest period so they can be restored to their original condition. The renovation period must also include a re-establishment period for new grass seedlings to mature and densify.
For fall/winter allocated fields, this usually takes place during May, June and July.
For summer allocated fields, it is in September and October. These two periods offer very favorable weather conditions, ensuring the best possible results based on finite resources.
With our growing population, sport fields are being used more than ever. This growth and the perceived increase in unpermitted play and practice, is creating maintenance challenges in sustaining high quality turf grass surfaces. The unauthorized use of the fields may not appear to have any effect on the status of the turf on any given day, however, turf density and root structure are diminishing incrementally, leading to unsafe and poor quality turf grass.
Through the cooperation of the sports associations and the PRC department, it is hoped that grass sports fields in Surrey will consistently be in a reasonably safe and playable state. This involves managing not only the total amount of play a field receives, but the timing of the play and rest periods corresponding to weather and environmental conditions as well.