Feature Article - February 2006
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Tough Turf

Getting athletic fields in good shape is both complicated and not-so-complicated

By Kyle Ryan



  
FIELD FOR RENT
HOW TO KEEP A FIELD IN GOOD CONDITION WHEN OUTSIDERS COME IN

1. Make everything clear at the beginning. Get the basics: date, time, nature of the event, how many people are going to be involved, contact information. What will the group need? What can you provide? Make it clear what you can and cannot provide. Go over any concerns they have or you have about the event.

2. Take photos. Document the field conditions both before and after should any problems arise.

3. Insist on an ample deposit. It should be proportionate to the risk of field damage from the event. Pee-wee league baseball camp? They probably don't need to pay much. Concert with thousands of people? The deposit should be enough to cover complete replacement of the field. Insist on the full amount upfront, which can be refunded if no damage occurs.

4. Have a staff member present during the event. Someone needs to keep an eye on everything and act as a facility manager on-site.

5. Follow up after the event. If it's going to be an annual event, discuss how things went and make plans to change anything that needs to be tweaked.