Mother Nature is being a little too helpful.
When the fields at Little Mountain were seeded a couple of weeks ago, they were also irrigated, explains Brad Ackerman, the city’s supervisor of parks and recreation.
Then, more than 41 millimeters of rain fell in the first eight days of June.
“We will open up Little Mountain for Monday, June 18,” Ackerman says. “We’re just in the process of drying the fields down again.”
He said the seed that was put down has taken well.
“It will continue to grow and get established, especially if Mother Nature gives us a little bit of sun to help that process.”
Although all the city soccer fields were closed this past weekend, they have all since been re-opened.
“We took the extraordinary step to close the fields down over the weekend. That did help the fields and we didn’t lose any ground,” he said, noting that other communities in the region such as Vernon and West Kelowna did the same thing.
He said overuse of the fields that caused the damage at Little Mountain will be avoided.
“As we move forward with getting the fields back open, we’ll manage the wear and monitor the hours so we don’t take any steps backwards.”