Inclement Weather Policy

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Inclement weather decisions are made as soon as possible. If inclement weather occurs right before or during the game/event and a determination is made to cancel, then notice will be distributed to the public and participants as soon as possible using the methods below.

  • Social Media Platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram will be updated first.
  • Some Programs use the Inclement Weather Hotline: 479-443-7275.  Check with the Program Manager to see what form of communication they use.
  • Program Managers may choose to use SMS Notifications.  Check your registration packet to see what form of communication the Program Manager will use. You must subscribe to receive these SMS Notifications.  Notifications will only be sent out for programs that you (or a dependent) are registered for  Click here for instructions.
  • When applicable, notifications will be sent out by other means of communication, based on Program Managers preference. These methods may include emails, GroupMe, phone calls, etc.

Weather can be extremely unpredictable. However, since safety of participants and fans at our programs are our highest priority, we will always err on the side of caution. If the weather forecasts show an imminent threat of severe weather, games, practices, and events will be canceled and rescheduled when possible. If weather becomes severe just before or during the event, Parks and Recreation staff will halt activities and ask participants and spectators to move to their cars or other shelter. 

It is not the policy of Fayetteville Parks and Recreation to cancel because of excess heat, cold, slight rain, or the forecast of those weather conditions unless it is detrimental to the success of the event.

The Fayetteville Parks and Recreation Department will not allow play under field moisture conditions that contribute to unsafe play or that would damage the playing surface, making them unsafe and not suitable for future play. No play is to take place when the moisture level is so high there is standing water, the footing is unsure, or grass will be pulled up by play. For league play, this determination is made by the FPR Maintenance Staff. For tournament play, the determination is collaboratively made with Parks and Recreation and Maintenance Staff, and with the Tournament Director when applicable.

If, after a weather event, the determination has been made to play, the goal of the FPR Maintenance Staff is to get every facility prepared for play. However, there may be times when resources and manpower will be concentrated on certain facilities due to the nature of the event or games.


Our policy regarding lightning or thunder is: “If you can see it, flee it; if you can hear it, clear it.” All staff and game officials will use extreme caution when thunderstorms are in the forecast. If lightning strikes within a 10-mile radius of programmed activities, staff will suspend the current activity immediately and instruct everyone to get to a safe place. Staff will then decide to either cancel, postpone or reschedule the programmed activities. Staff may decide to resume activities only after 30 minutes have passed since the last clap of thunder was heard.


  • The Weather Channel
  • National Weather Service