Artificial turf athletic fields are good because they can be used 24/7 no matter the weather - the recreational availability of one artificial turf field is equal to three to four natural turf fields. They are more uniform and consistent than natural turf with more shock absorption, and are therefore safer and result in fewer injuries. Artificial turf is environmentally more responsible. They require no fertilizers, much less water and maintenance, therefore reducing discharges.
One artificial turf field results in a smaller carbon dioxide footprint than three natural grass fields. Recycled material (tires) is used for infill. The EPA recommends using this crumb material from granulated tires for playgrounds, running tracks and sport fields. The fields also are fiscally responsible when compared with natural turf in terms of the maintenance, installation and manpower necessary. It is cheaper and a better answer in the long run.
The school district should be commended for looking into a responsible answer that could benefit the whole community.
Kendra Holmes, Durango