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Athletic teams had to start practicing later than usual this spring due to water collecting on the frozen fields. (Melissa Jenco, Chicago Tribune / March 28, 2014)

The Naperville Park District plans to allow sports teams to start using its parks for practice next week, but the start of youth soccer games has been delayed, officials said.

Spring sports teams typically would have been practicing by now, but the frozen ground caused water to collect on the fields and kept them closed longer than usual.

Brad Wilson, director of recreation, said teams should be able to take to the parks for practice starting March 31.

"We're reminding teams to remain off the game fields as well as use caution when they're using some of the different areas so they don't tear up the grass when it's wet and muddy," he said.

Instead of pushing all dates back a week, Naperville Youth Soccer games that were supposed to happen April 5 were moved to the makeup day, which is May 31. The first games of the season will be played on April 12.

The winter weather also has delayed the annual cleaning of Centennial Beach, Wilson said. That work was supposed to start a week ago, but the beach was covered in ice. However, he said there is still plenty of time to get the work done before the beach opens on Memorial Day weekend.

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