Dry, Cracked Athletic Fields Closed

Friday, Sep 16, 2011  |  Updated 9:17 AM CDT
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Dry, Cracked Athletic Fields Closed

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Dry, cracked earth like this makes running unsafe on North Texas athletic fields.

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Some soccer fields in Dallas have been closed for repairs because of deep cracks blamed on the lingering drought.

The severe drought has forced the city of Dallas to shut down as many as two dozen athletic fields for safety reasons, according to a report published by the Associated Press.

Ken Beam with the Dallas Parks and Recreation Department said Thursday that the city is spreading tons of dirt over the damaged fields to fill the cracks.

He said some of the openings are up to 2 feet deep.

Beam said the fields are being graded and watered to be made safe again for league play.

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