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Re: [ultimatefrisbee-216] Where should we play this winter?

From: Carmon R.
Sent on: Friday, December 9, 2011 10:47 AM
Just spoke with an "interesting" city employee at the permit office.
We went 'round and 'round for bit
on whether permits are needed for field use, or for guaranteeing field use.

He said there are no field permits over the winter.
Only a few for deck hockey.
This includes the Schenley Oval turf field.

So I'm guessing its a first come first served situation until spring.
Don't know what sort of pick up soccer and other use demands there might be for the fields we're considering.
I for one would love to play on anything better than Fern Hollow (Lower Frick) in its current condition.
Even tomorrow.  Half frozen mud anyone?...


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On Dec 8, 2011, at 12:02 PM, Jason wrote:

I haven't played at the Panther Hollow field in years, but when I did, I remember it being quite small. Nowhere close to enough space for a full field.

Schenley Oval has been commonly used for winter ultimate pickup the last few years. It's always just been a matter of getting enough people to show up to play. One big advantage of Schenley is that the space is large enough that even if part of the area is already being used for soccer or flag football, there's usually still enough space to setup an ultimate field as well.

The field turf at Schenley is often in use during the winter, and I think it would be frowned upon to use that field without a permit. I don't know for sure, though.

On Wed, Dec 7, 2011 at 8:22 PM, Jeff <[address removed]> wrote:

Hello intrepid winter ultimate players,

If you have been to a game recently, you know that our beloved Lower Frick is hurting.  The rain and our cleats have taken a toll, and we have all noticed the need to plant new grass.  Our disc-mate Carmon recognized this problem and decided to do something about it.  He looked up other fields where we could play.  I've included his report below and will be circulating a poll soon so that we can decide where to play.  One request - don't vote unless you plan to play this winter.  And thanks Carmon!


So the fields...
Here's a link to a map of the DPW fields on Google:,-79.942135&spn=0.00332,0.006968&z=18&iwloc=00049ac53d67b97ec95e7 (ed. note - the page doesn't allow links directly to the individual fields and the fields aren't listed in alphabetical order.  Happy hunting!)

Panther Hollow Field looks promising as it has ample parking, doesn't seem to see much use,
and it has grass. There are a couple of bare spots but it's in way better shape than Fern Hollow (Lower Frick)
No porta potty at the moment, but Big Jim's (in the Run) Restaurant is near by, and could serve as a feed stop and watering hole as well.
Panther Hollow Field's address is:
199 Boundary St
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Then there are the 3 fields at Schenley Oval, one of which is Sport Turf.
I'd guess that these see more use than Panther Hollow, but they are all in great shape.
I wonder how much demand they see over the winter...
The Sport Turf field could be a good solution for extended wet weather.
There is a porta potty as of today, and parking isn't an issue.
Food and drink, not too close, but not too far...

Back to Frick I see Braddock #1 and Braddock #2
I know these see regular heavy use in good weather months, I presume organized and permitted.
Not sure what sort of permits and or regular use these are seeing now that it's winter,
but if they're open or first come first serve they're just a hop skip and a jump from the
current location.

Dan Marino Field in South Oakland is a possibility too.



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