Category Archives: Heat

Artificial Fields at UNC hit 154.4 degrees F on 87 degree day

Athletic field managers from the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) held their annual meetings at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill this week and TPI member Erin Wilder from Sod Solutions shared this graphic on Twitter. Synthetic turf fields were 60 degrees hotter than natural grass and 10 degrees hotter than asphalt! Which would you rather have your kids playing on?? #KeepItREAL

Parents push for warning on playgrounds, synthetic turf in heat

Original article published by Evan Lambert, Fox 5 DC

Worried about your child’s health on synthetic turf in hot weather? You’re not the only one! News channel Fox 5 in Washington, D.C. published an article below highlighting parents concerns on D.C. playgrounds where daytime temperatures on these plastic surfaces reached between 140 and 160 degrees Fahrenheit. For more information and the original article, click the link below.

Child burned on DC playground highlights turf, rubber

Original article by Michael Quander, WUSA 9 in Washington, D.C.

Local parents express concerns about synthetic turf and rubber playground surfaces in Washington, D.C. where at least one child got 2nd degree burns on his feet while walking barefoot on a playground. A representative from the Safe Healthy Playing Fields Coalition says these types of injuries are all too common for kids playing on rubber surfaces. For the full story and 2-minute report from WUSA9 click on the link below:

“Real grass all day long”: Texas Rangers sound off on new stadium

Original article written by Mac Engle, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Texas Rangers baseball players are sounding off on rumors of the plastic stuff going in at their future home and brand new baseball stadium. If you want to know how they feel about synthetic turf just check out some of the quotes in the attached article. Heat, injuries, and sore backs are at the top of their minds when thinking about playing on synthetic turf. For the full story and player reactions, check out the full story below from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.