While the Walla Walla Parks and Recreation Department has been hard at work clearing snow from sidewalks and trails, the snow could impact starting dates for spring sports.
“Obviously there’s going to be some setbacks in start dates and stuff like that on the field, but hopefully you know, looking at the weather, we can be optimistic and hope we’re at the end of this here,” said Wes Walker, Walla Walla Parks and Recreation Department maintenance supervisor.
“I believe we’re going to have tryouts coming up for youth softball, so we’ll have to adjust some of those schedules accordingly,” said Walla Walla Parks and Recreation Director Andy Coleman. “But I don’t think, at least at this point anyway, that game contests are in jeopardy. Certainly we’re going to have to adjust a little bit. We’ll see what happens with Mother Nature over the next couple of weeks.”
Coleman said the real impact comes in the schedule which has to be pushed back two or three weeks.
This year, softball and baseball will get underway, although baseball will be different than years past. Babe Ruth Baseball is now called Blue Mountain Baseball League and it’s being overseen by the Parks and Recreation Department after being run by volunteers for many years.
Walker mentioned that the public has been very complimentary and supportive of the department’s work on keeping paths clear of snow and ice so that joggers and walkers can continue their exercise.
“We were doing some analysis of what the impact has been,” Walker said. “You know, we’ve had about 1,300 man hours out there, plowing snow, shoveling ice melt, stuff like that. We have about 23 miles of sidewalks and walking paths and trails that we maintain. So we’ve definitely been busy.”