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Artificial Turf

Selecting Safer Alternatives for Athletic Playing Fields

Frequently Asked Questions

We receive many questions from communities asking about the chemicals in artificial turf and safer alternatives. Read the answers to frequently asked questions.

If your community is trying to make a decision as to whether to install artificial turf or manage grass fields organically, the information on these web pages can help. View our resources.

Organically Managed Natural Grass is a Safer Alternative

TURI has identified organically managed natural grass as a safer alternative for sports surfaces. Read our report Athletic Playing Fields: Choosing Safer Options for Health and the Environment and view the case studies below that highlight playable field hours and cost of maintenance.

Springfield and Marblehead Natural Grass Case Studies
Springfield, MA has managed its playing fields organically since 2014.
Marblehead, MA has managed its playing fields organically since 2002.
Report: Choosing Safer Options for Health and the Environment
Video: Safer Alternatives for Athletic Fields
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