Talk about Turf:
The focus of this page is to present information in regards to the pros and cons of the loss of the natural green space and the potential effects artificial turf may have on the community - good or bad.
Sustainable Milton is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to educate the public, advocating that informed citizens make thoughtful decisions with high standards of sustainability in mind.
In this case, there is no simple answer, however, we have compiled resources to share. The more you read, the more you will know.
ISSUE: Ongoing discussions have occurred in Milton in recent years about the state of town sports fields and the need for improvements.
CONTEXT: Milton Town Meeting approved a multi-million dollar proposal this past spring for the reconstruction of the Lower Gile Field. The reconstruction approved would replaceme the current natural grass with an artificial (plastic) turf field, along with fencing, lights, and spectator stands. In addition to the Gile project, there is discussion of installing additional turf fields in other Milton locations . For example, Milton Soccer re-proposed Flatley Field (Neponset Parkway/Brush Hill Rd.) to Milton Parks & Rec. Board at its July 21 meeting.
CONTROVERSY: Many questions have been raised about the pros and cons of artificial turf and the environmental impacts it may have on existing open green space, abutting downslope neighborhoods, surrounding Pine Brook areas, as well as safety or injury risks to players and coaches , in particular, exposure to chemicals such as Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (aka PFAS “forever chemicals”).
Here are some links used to review the risks associated with replacing natural grass fields with artificial turf. Please feel free to share any information that you may deem resourceful in light of this topic.
All NFL fields need to be natural grass, Bleacher Report.
National Research for Health Center: Children and Athletes at Play on Toxic Turf and Playgrounds
NY Department of Public Health: Information About Crumb-Rubber Infilled Synthetic Turf Athletic Fields (great links included!)