If your community is considering
investment in a field or pitch
for any type of sport or activity area,
you will want to consider synthetic grass
and artificial turf systems into the equation
Dollar for dollar, the investment has proven of value to New York City and their Parks and Recreation Department. The community has the largest number of installed square feet of synthetic grass in North America. It has graced their school yards and park areas since the mid-1960s and the Parks and Recreation Department and community that supports their efforts have enjoyed the benefits in many ways. As products have improved, the synthetic turf surfaces have been renovated over the years and new park facilities added to the list of properties managed by NYCPR.
Recently, the NYC Parks Dept. approved an additional investment of over $150 million dollars in continued renovations and additions of new synthetic surfaces. Most synthetic turf materials will resurface existing parks (replacing grass or covering asphalt play fields) and some will be brand new facilities to extend the availablity of park areas to meet the demands of the growing local communities.
A field or pitch is much more than just a surface area; our families are playing on these areas and they deserve the safest environment. Each field should be engineered, by professionals, to accomodate local weather, use and function.
This is not a job for amateurs - the construction project is a highly specialized, engineered production that must past rigorous testing during several phases of construction; especially when completing construction (in the US) on public works projects at schools and other municiple properties. If a field is to be part of competitive play, it must pass these tests for other schools to use the field (professional teams adhere to much the same testing and standards of play for both natural and synthetic fields).
The field should be tested yearly to insure that the responsiveness and safety of the field isn't comprimised due to neglect, weather or use.
The links at the right will help you explore the world of synthetic turf for fields and pitches and many provide building specifications and referrals for contractors; licensed and experienced in the demands of a football, soccer, rugby, field hockey, tennis, track and other sports play installations.
A fantastic resource for specifications is the NCEF or National Clearing House for Educational Facilities. They have wonderful technical specificaitons regarding the requirements of building for schools and other educational facilities in the US. Online at the link provided, you will be brought to where you can download building specifications and diagrams for your use. Explore the rest of the site for more info!
The ASTM will provide you with standards that facilities' construction projects must meet to make code and pass inspection and testing.
To comply with ADA (American Disabilities Act), you will want to review requirements here [ADA Gov Site ] . For more information on the Clean Water Act - the EPA has a great site HERE.
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