CSD Field Closure Procedures
During Inclement Weather
During inclement weather, Cosumnes Community Services District representatives will assess the playability of selected athletic fields to determine if use will occur. Maintenance staff will check one (1) athletic fields in each area of the District:
Area 1 - Rau Park
Area 2 - Laguna Community Park
Area 3 - Johnson Park
Assessments will be made no later than 12:00 pm, Monday through Friday and 7:00 am, Saturday and Sunday. One reassessment of the fields will occur no later than 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday and 9:00 am, Saturday and Sunday.
When two (2) of the three (3) fields assessed are deemed unplayable, a District wide closure will be put into effect.
Field Status Hotline
Field use status will be posted on the District's Field Status Hotline (916-405-5682) no later than 12:00 pm, Monday through Friday and no later than 7:00 am, Saturday and Sunday. Reassessment information will be posted to the Field Status Hotline no later than 2:00 pm, Monday thru Friday and 9:00 am, Saturday and Sunday. If field assessments determine that a field closure is in effect, the reason for such closures shall be stated on the Field Status Hotline.
It will be each permitted user's responsibility to check field availability through the Field Status Hotline.
ATHLETIC FIELD ASSEMENT CRITERIA
Field assessments will be performed when weather conditions, past or present, have saturated fields insomuch that use of fields may cause long-term damage to fields. Staff shall walk the fields looking for saturated areas or areas of pooling water. Staff shall assess the fields in predetermined locations:
Soccer – Assessments will be taken at five different locations: one reading in front of each goal, one reading along each sideline, and one reading along the centerline of the field. If in any of these areas there is substantial standing or pooling water, enough to cause significant damage to the field if played upon, the field is deemed unplayable.
It is the intention of the District to make every effort to leave the sports fields open for use. Ultimately it will be the responsibility of the individual sports team coaches and/or game officials to suspend play on a field when one the following conditions exist:
- Turf is being dislodged when running.
- Heavy rains make the field muddy.
- Moisture from foot traffic starts to 'pump' mud up from under the turf.