Artificial Turf — What are the Pros and Cons?

I found a couple of articles online about the conversion of Highlands Park in San Carlos to artificial turf.

The arguments in favor of artificial turf seem to be:

  • reduced recurring maintenance costs for the city fro reseeding
  • increased availability of playfields due to not needing to close the field for reseeding

the arguments against artificial turf seem to be:

  • increased usage of playfields causes additional congestion and noise, and in the case of King Park, possibility additional use of late night lighting
  • the congestion, noise and lighting reduce the desirability and therefore the value of the adjacent housing

I wonder about some other things:

  • Does the artificial turf mean no dogs allowed? (cleanliness issues)
  • Are there other possible limitations on use of the park
  • What are the health implications? The San Carlos park went with "turf, made of coconut husk, cork and sand" — I want to know why they chose that and if that is the type of turf we’d get?
  • Are there any plans to address the possible negatives to the neighborhood of more frequent scheduled use?
  • How many other people feel that natural grass is a benefit to the neighborhood and important to hang onto?
  • What is the long term cost of maintaining the playfield — if it costs more to maintain in good condition over time for grass or for turf?
  • What is the expected life of the artificial turf?
  • Is it hard to go back to grass if, in the future we’d like to?

Here’s a link to some background info and the "No Artificial Turf" point of view, from a real estate blogger in 2010, about the artificial turf issue in San Carlos:

http://interoreblog.com/2010/08/24/san-carlos%E2%80%99-thorny-artificial-turf-issue/

and a later post from the San Carlos Patch on opening day of the new, artificial turf, field. This is very pro turf with no comments from the neighborhood:

http://sancarlos.patch.com/articles/after-decade-long-struggle-san-carlos-reveals-synthetic-turf-on-highland-park

I think a trip up to Highlands Park might be a good idea for those concerned with this issue — to see what it looks like. Here’s a map

–Karen Jensen, your Hancsm web-person

One thought on “Artificial Turf — What are the Pros and Cons?

  1. A very interesting post, there is always a big discussion about synthetic turf and the pros and cons of using it. It is always a good idea to look over all the options and there is such a range of synthetic grass that it is highly likely that there is one that is perfect for your needs.

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