Athletic field covers are durable enough to get past being buried underneath of snow and ice. Alas, thats not all theyre likely to come into contact with each year. Theres also road salt, sports equipment and perhaps the edges of wayward snow blowers to deal with throughout the winter. So how should field managers protect them from damage?
Posting signs that identify the athletic field covers boundaries definitely helps to keep damaging foot and machine traffic at bay. Generally, placing warning markers on each corner of the field connected by high-visibility rope or chain should suffice for most urban recreation areas. Rural areas, on the other hand, may require reflectors or dusk-to-dawn lighting to keep people and their machinery off of the fields at night.
As for the road salt, it can be hard to keep it off of athletic field covers; particularly those positioned near parking lots and heavily used thoroughfares. Therefore, it may help to speak with road crews in the area about sodium or chemical free alternatives. Perhaps theyd be willing to switch to products less likely to degrade the covers.
If not, maybe theyd be willing to temporarily defer area road maintenance to athletic field owners. Then the field owners could invest in chemical free solutions and have their in-house team apply them to nearby roadways. If no chemical free products prove to be effective, there is one other solution to consider, specialty covers.
Some athletic field covers are specially treated to resist standard landscape chemicals, including sodium. So they tend to last winter after winter. Many are available for sale alongside of other replacement covers meant to protect recreational areas. Examples include covers for bleacher seats, dug outs, and open ticket booths. To find out more about them and tips for keeping athletic field covers in excellent shape, please contact us.