Dallas Closes Over 20 Athletic Fields For Safety Reasons

drought2 Dallas Closes Over 20 Athletic Fields For Safety Reasons

Drought Crack at Anderson Bonner Park

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – They run long and deep and athletic fields throughout Dallas are plagued by them. The cracks and crevasses in the ground caused by a severe summer drought seem to be a broken ankle waiting to happen.

Carmelo Sanchez manages a youth soccer club. His biggest concern lately, is making sure the field is safe. “We walk around with the coaches to see if we have any cracks in the field that might represent a danger for the kids,” said Sanchez.

The severe drought has forced the city of Dallas to shut down between 20 to 25 athletic fields for safety reasons. Soccer fields at Northwood Park and Anderson Bonner Park in North Dallas are just two of the many fields being repaired.  Ken Beam, a manager with Dallas Parks and Recreation, says the fields were closed in order to make them safe.

The city is spreading tons of dirt over the damaged fields to fill in the countless cracks; some that run two feet deep. “They’re all over the fields. That’s the reason we brought soil in,” explained Beam. “We’ve been grading it out and watering it down, trying to make the fields safe again for our league play.”

Beam says Dallas has the 5th largest park system in the nation and the drought has impacted just about every park and athletic field in the city. “This is a severe drought for us. It’s not going to take a year to bring it back. It’s going to take a few years,” added Beam.

The city also has roughly 100 miles of bike trails. The drought is affecting parts of the trails as well. The ground underneath that supports the concrete is shrinking and so the concrete is falling apart.

Beam says not only will it take years to restore the damage, but it will cost the city plenty. It’s money that may be hard to come by, since the city faces a budget drought as well.

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  • AC

    good..stay in class and build your brain, and not your brawn. Its god’s will…LMAO

  • NiteNurse

    Drought and polar ice caps melting at a historic rate. I’m sure fossil fuels have nothing to do with it. Stop being so blind to science. If there is a God he is trying to open your eyes to the stupidity of men with it. Did you ever think that’s why we have science?

    • Nonya

      Yeah, there have never been droughts before, right? The Dust Bowl is a fallacy, right? What about the warm period during the middle ages? Global warming is a scam.

  • Talking points

    In an UNRELATED story from the June 24th, 1974 edition of Life Magazine, scientist have determined that the three decades of falling temperatures will bring on the next Ice Age. The droughts in Africa were also determined, by those scientist, to have been caused by the coming Ice Age. Why is it that only scientist get to meet and greet mother nature and all of the rest of us rely on their version of what they heard and saw? Anyway, I hope the athletic fields are playable soon, there are folks that play in these leagues for exercise.

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