NORTH OGDEN — A few perfectly shaped orbs, in a straight line down the middle of the soccer fields at Orton Park, eerily resemble something like crop circles.
But nothing to worry about — out-of-this-world aliens have not landed in North Ogden.
City Manager Ron Chandler said the circles are merely a sprinkler malfunction that the parks department has been trying to fix.
The four circles have bright-green grass on the inside and a dry patch — about 4 to 6 inches wide — around the outside.
The sprinklers are spraying in a circular motion but are cutting off and leaving a small area that is not being hit by any sprinkler.
“We’re having some problems adjusting the pressure, and a couple of heads need to be replaced,” Chandler said.
Chandler said the parks crews would be fixing the problem soon. The fact that the sprinkler malfunction is in the shape of perfect circles and in a straight line down the middle of the field is purely a coincidence, and the pressure problems are only in that particular line of the sprinklers.
The park, at 2050 N. 600 East, is a heavily used park for soccer, with both American Youth Soccer Organization players and comp teams using the fields. Both groups will begin official play in the next couple of weeks, although the park has been used all summer for practices.
There are also extensive tire marks in the grass at the park, another problem the parks department is trying to get rid of.