Mudboggers, ATV destroy MD fields

MD of Foothills: Protection placed around Cayley Chinook Field

By: Bruce Campbell

  |  Posted: Wednesday, Apr 23, 2014 10:53 am

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The not-so-gentle sport of mudbogging has damaged some fields in the MD of Foothills.

MD of Foothills will attempt to have mischief charges laid against n a man who got his truck stuck while ripping through the baseball field at Cayley Chinook Park.

Jeff Porter, of MD of Foothills agriculture services, said there was a report of a truck driving through the field earlier this month.

“The truck was stuck when we got there,” Porter told MD council on April 16.

Porter would later see the truck driving down Cayley Road and they were able to pull the driver over, who then admitted he had been driving at the park.

Porter estimated the damage to be around $1,500.

“We are going to be pursuing charges,” Porter said. “We will see if gets to the courts. We’ve got a (licence) plated and I talked to the driver and he admitted to doing the damage and we will see where the RCMP go from there.”

Porter added it has been a problem at the Cayley field in the past.

As a result of the stunting incident, the MD of Foothills put up 13 cement blocks and a half–inch steel cable around the Cayley Park perimeter to prevent access for trucks and ATVs.

It wasn’t the only park in the MD where recreational vehicles ripped up sports fields.

An ATV tore up the soccer pitch at Heritage Lake in the northern portion of the MD earlier this spring, Reeve Larry Spilak said at the meeting.

Porter said he was aware of the damage, however, it wouldn’t be until mid May when cement blocks or wiring could be placed around the fields.

Darlene Roblin, MD of Foothills protection services co-ordinator, said the MD receives reports about such incidents during the spring and fall season when there is an abundance of mud.

“We don’t get a lot of complaints, they just happen at certain times,” Roblin said.

She admitted it is tough to enforce.

Roblin said one of the issues is driving through fields or undeveloped roads are enforcement. It’s a bit like littering — unless the perpetrator is actually seen, it is hard to press charges.

Roblin said in an incident such as trespassing and causing mischief, such as with the Cayley Chinook Park, the RCMP would likely get involved.


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