by Lisa Tome
Even though the calendar says it time for spring sports, Mother Nature had other plans.
Clyde VanDyke, County Director of Parks and Recreation, weighed in on field conditions at the county parks and playing fields two weeks ago.
It's mostly good news.
"As long as there is no snow and no ice the synthetic (turf) field at Calvert Regional Park is open year round," he said.
The grass fields at the same park are a whole other story.
"Everybody complains about the grass fields. We monitor use and know when they aren't suitable to play on. That's when we have to limit and monitor use," said Van Dyke.
He said when they are not usable, if people don't heed that, they will turn to mud/dirt and it will take longer for playing conditions to be restored.
"We are waiting for grass to grow," he said.
One field at the Rising Sun community center is under renovation. The others can be used. When that restoration is completed, another field there will need work. Johnies field has been dragged and is ready for baseball.
The Cecil Arena fields are all ready for use. All fields at Bard Cameron are ready for use. Fields at Conowingo Park are expected to be ready this week, unless weather impacts that.
All of this has change since we have gotten a significant show fall.