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Dallas High School's girls soccer team practices on its home field Friday after maintenance crews fixed watering issues last week that had made the field unplayable.
September 17, 2013
DALLAS -- Dallas Dragon soccer teams have their home field near Whitworth Elementary School back after a brief interruption last week to fix watering system issues.
Lack of water in places in the field made the surface patchy and uneven and the hot and dry summer so far compounded the problem. The situation was bad enough last week that the Dallas School District decided to close the field until the problem was solved.
"Our maintenance staff, the city's maintenance staff ... all these people got together and said `Let's get this taken care of,'" said Dallas Athletic Director Tim Larson.
Thankfully, it didn't take long to identify and fix the problem. An electrical malfunction in the watering system left patches of the field unwatered, and as the season progressed, the grass began to die off.
Maintenance workers were able to solve the problem in a matter of days and the field was ready in time for Thursday's varsity boys home soccer match versus Parkrose.
Larson said it's possible the malfunction began as long ago as last season, but a wet summer masked the problem.
Now, he said the field should be in good shape for the rest of the season.
"It's completely solved," Larson said. "The city and the district got together and now it is 100 percent workable."
He added the fix combined with recent rains has already made a significant difference.
Danny Agee, Dallas' girls soccer coach, said his team had to play its Sept. 10 match against Madison on the field at LaCreole Middle School while the main field was out of commission, but the temporary shut down was productive.
He said the dry ground has become compacted making it difficult to play on, but the field was in better condition by the end of the week.
"It took them a little while to fix it -- 15, 20 years of wear and tear -- but they seemed to have it all tuned up now," he said Friday during the girls' team practice. "It's working great."