BOUNTIFUL — A reservation is now necessary to use a city sports field here.
At the behest of Parks Superintendent Jerry Wilson, the Bountiful city council adopted a new field reservation policy at a recent meeting. Wilson said the policy was adopted in order to have a basis for deciding between competing applications for fields, based on a system of priorities among different types of organizations.
The policy also establishes rules for use and cleanup of the fields.
The new rules give priority to parks department activities and events and also call for a reservation at least 10 days in advance of an activity. The new regulations give the city the right to cancel any scheduled activity due to conditions or circumstances that are determined to be detrimental, unsafe, or in conflict with city ordinances and policies.
The rules also put a time limit on how long a field can be used. All games and programs are required to end by 11 p.m., unless otherwise approved. All lights on city fields must be turned off by 11:15 p.m.
There are also restrictions in the guidelines on changing a field to accommodate special needs. Field sizes are set and not negotiable and no painting or altering of the fields is allowed, nor is moving goals, bases, pitching rubbers, bleachers or tables or other equipment owned by the city.
The new policy took effect Aug. 1.