Some Truckee fields off limits
Starting recently, activities like pick-up soccer games and playing Frisbee on the weekends are not allowed on some Truckee athletic fields.
People wishing to use the fields, which have deteriorated due to overuse and must be regenerated, have to schedule a time with the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District maintenance department.
“We need time for rejuvenation and time for maintenance,” said Chris Cooper, the district’s director of risk management, workers’ compensation, safety and maintenance.
“It’s also a safety issue. We have potholes out there that are ankle-twisters,” he said.
If people are using the Sierra Mountain Middle School soccer field, the east-west field parallel to Donner Pass Road, the chain-linked baseball field and Surprise Stadium at unscheduled times, Cooper said, they will be asked to leave.
The school district used to have a joint-use agreement with the Truckee Donner Recreation and Parks District, which performed the maintenance and scheduling for the fields. Over the last two years, budget reductions caused parks and rec. to opt out of the agreement, leaving the school district with maintenance and scheduling responsibilities, Cooper said.
Although the fields are on public property and paid for by the public, the district is responsible for protecting the grounds, Cooper contended, which may mean closing off entire sections of the fields for a period of time.
The maintenance department has a master schedule, which will be posted at the fields, at each school with an aforementioned field and online. Also, each organization will be given a schedule.
“This year is a learning curve,” said Cooper, referring to the district’s new role maintaining and scheduling the fields. “Next year the fields should be all under control.”
To schedule a time for use of the aforementioned fields, call 582-2575. In a few weeks, the schedule will be available at http://www.ttusd.org under the “Calendar” heading. There will also be a form to request scheduling online.
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