Selecting Safer Alternatives for Athletic Playing Fields
We receive many questions from communities asking about the chemicals in artificial turf and safer alternatives. View our frequently asked questions page to read our answers. If your community is trying to make a decision about whether to install artificial turf or manage grass fields organically, the information on these web pages can help. Read our report Athletic Playing Fields: Choosing Safer Options for Health and the Environment and view our resources page.
Organically Managed Natural Grass is a Safer Alternative
TURI has identified organically managed natural grass as a safer alternative for sports surfaces. View the case studies below that have documented playable field hours and cost of maintenance for communities in Massachusetts.
For information on chemical and other hazards related to playground surfacing and their safer alternatives, visit our Playground Surfacing page.