Puddles of rain cover the first baseline at one of the baseball diamonds at Prime Ministers Park. According to city official Jody Boulet, the heavy amounts of rain in Prince Albert this spring have led to numerous cancellations and postponements of minor sports league events this season. Herald photo by Andrew Schopp
Rain rain go away, come again another day.
As Friday marks the official first day of summer according to most calendars, the heavy amounts of rainfall in Prince Albert this spring have hung many of the city‚Äôs minor sports organizations out to dry.
According to Jody Boulet, the city‚Äôs director of community services, minor sports groups in the city have been feeling the brunt of a rather wet spring as unfavourable conditions have led to numerous cancellations and postponements.
‚ÄúProbably feeling the most impact are the minor sports groups,‚ÄĚ Boulet said of the rain.
The city manages most of the outdoor sports facilities in Prince Albert, including the Cooke Municipal Golf Course, the soccer pitches at Prime Ministers Park and the baseball diamonds at Kinsmen, Crescent Acres and Mair Parks.
Since their seasons started in May, organizations such as Prince Albert Minor Baseball and the Prince Albert Youth Soccer Association have been forced to cancel many of their games due to mucky ball diamonds and soccer pitches.
Boulet explained how the issue with the rain isn‚Äôt the facilities ability to handle the moisture, but rather keeping people off wet fields and ball diamonds to prevent further damage.
‚ÄúThe facilities do handle the moisture quite well,‚ÄĚ Boulet said. ‚ÄúThe biggest thing about it is keeping people off when you get really soggy conditions because that‚Äôs when you really do some damage to it. One you get some warmth they do dry up quite quickly.‚ÄĚ
As an example of how the rain has been impacting sports in the city, Boulet pointed to the annual Prince Albert Crime Stoppers Golf tournament, a major fundraiser scheduled for Thursday at Cooke, which had to be postponed.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs certainly across the board,‚ÄĚ Boulet said of the rain‚Äôs impact. ‚ÄúSimply when we get these types of conditions, the biggest thing to stress is patience until they are in the proper condition to use.‚ÄĚ
Boulet added that once things start to dry up, the city is more than willing to accommodate user groups looking to make up lost time.
‚ÄúWe do accommodate all groups later in the season if they choose to extend,‚ÄĚ he explained. ‚ÄúUnfortunately for some of the minor sports groups, once school is out they have difficulties extending their league play.‚ÄĚ
User groups are encouraged to contact the city‚Äôs community services department at 306-953-4989 for bookings.
‚ÄúThey can certainly give us a call,‚ÄĚ Boulet said. ‚ÄúWe can co-ordinate any bookings they may require and on our end we are just hoping for some warmer weather so that it dries up and we can continue on with another successful season.‚ÄĚ