Weather delays reopening of Golden Gate Park’s Polo Fields 

Youth soccer stars won’t be able to holler “Goooaaal!” this spring at Golden Gate Park’s Polo Fields due to a two-month delay in renovating the pitch.

But The City’s Recreation and Parks department says “all youth soccer games will be protected” and moved elsewhere while the Polo Fields is fitted with a new irrigation system, sod, and improved drainage. Steps will also be taken to kick the gophers that dig holes in the field out of bounds.

The kids were expected to return to the fields in mid-March, but renovation plans have gone deep into extra time — the massive pitch won’t be available until May, according to The City.

The weather is to blame, according to Rec and Park.

“The Polo Field’s sod growth was slowed by record low temperatures and ice in November and similar weather patterns in January and February,” the department said in a statement.

The eight-week delay will allow the new sod to fully take root, it said.

In the statement, the department apologized to adult sports leagues for the delay, saying it is also trying to relocate their leagues.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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