The City of Edmonton may be backing off its delayed opening of city sports fields.
The city had said they wouldn’t allow use of the fields until May 12th, three weeks later than originally planned.
However, Councillor Andrew Knack said they may open sooner.
“The city said that while we can’t guarantee that [the fields] will be open any earlier, what they’re going to do is daily monitoring,” Knack says. “If there’s any way to get them open sooner, they’re going to do it.”
Knack says he’s satisfied with the city’s backpedalling from the May 12th opening, and he won’t push the issue further.
“They’re committed to opening as soon as possible, so I don’t really see the need to push it,” Knack said. “I’m not an expert in field maintenance, so I would hate to say ‘let’s go do it’ and risk greater damage [to the fields].”
He also says in the best case scenario, the fields could open sometime this week.
When the city announced the delay, it drew the ire the Edmonton Minor Soccer Association. In response to the city’s announcement, they launched a campaign to convince the City of Edmonton to scrap the delayed season opening.
They argued that other parts of Metro Edmonton were getting an earlier start.