As I’ve stated previously, and per the information I’ve provided to the Board during the Wolter’s Field turf discussions (available on my website at www.davidgreenberg.org), many more questions involving artificial turf need to be answered:
- Handling water run off from the turf. It’s been proven to be dangerous to aquatic life. Given that the field is within a wetland area, this is of concern. How will the run off be dealt with? What will that cost?
- Excessive heat – studies have proven that the turf is typically 30 degrees hotter than the surrounding air during the day. This requires temperature monitoring and mitigation (typically via water being sprayed onto the surface for cooling).
- “Green Issues”: Creation of heat islands. Artificial turf doesn’t produce Oxygen, but the production of it does increase carbon dioxide.
- MRSA Infections – MRSA doesn’t do well during bright sunlight or hot weather, but since the turf can’t be used during such times due to the dangers of excessive heat – that means it will be used after it’s cooled, in the dusk or night hours when it’s cooler. MRSA does well in dark, cool periods. What is the plan for preventing such infections and mitigating such dangers? What will the cost of sanitizing the turf be?
- Rubber crumb infill replacement costs – what is the cost to replace the rubber crumb infill after 5-7 years due to compaction issues?
- Weeding/Pesticides – weeds can grow in the rubber crumb infill. What’s the cost of weeding/pesticides to be used on the turf? What are the dangers of using pesticides on such a surface? How long must athletes remain off of the surface after the application of pesticides?
- Annual maintenance costs compared with current grass turf? Including labor costs.
- Eventual disposal costs? When the turf has to be removed at it’s end of life, what will that cost?