We aim to preserve natural grass in Vancouver’s parks, community centres, and schools.

 
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Why we are against synthetic turfs

 

Environmental Impact

Costly to build and will only last 8 - 10 years   Read more from Safe Healthy Playing Fields Coalition >

Costly to build and will only last 8 - 10 years

Read more from Safe Healthy Playing Fields Coalition >

Loose rubber pellets in storm drains pollute our rivers and oceans   Read more from Science Direct >

Loose rubber pellets in storm drains pollute our rivers and oceans

Read more from Science Direct >

Will eventually end up in a landfill   Watch this documentary  The Artificial Turf Mountain  >

Will eventually end up in a landfill

Watch this documentary The Artificial Turf Mountain >

 

Health Risks

Synthetic turf on hot days can reach temperatures in excess of 65°C, making it unusable for anyone, without a cooling process   Read more >

Synthetic turf on hot days can reach temperatures in excess of 65°C, making it unusable for anyone, without a cooling process

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Increased risk of turf burn injuries   Read more from Healthline >

Increased risk of turf burn injuries

Read more from Healthline >

Contains known carcinogens and neurotoxins like lead, benzene, vinyl chloride and more   Watch this video  The Impact of Toxins on the Developing Brain >

Contains known carcinogens and neurotoxins like lead, benzene, vinyl chloride and more

Watch this video The Impact of Toxins on the Developing Brain >

 
Playing on hot days can cause dehydration, heat stroke and heat exhaustion due to synthetic turf heat retention

Playing on hot days can cause dehydration, heat stroke and heat exhaustion due to synthetic turf heat retention

Bodily fluids, bird and animal droppings do not decompose, requiring regular sanitization

Bodily fluids, bird and animal droppings do not decompose, requiring regular sanitization

Field hardness must be regularly managed to prevent concussions for players

Field hardness must be regularly managed to prevent concussions for players

 

Community Impact

No access to the general public. Parks will become pay-to-play fields.

No access to the general public. Parks will become pay-to-play fields.

Increasing park usage will have a negative impact on street parking for residents

Increasing park usage will have a negative impact on street parking for residents

Pets won’t be able to play in the park

Pets won’t be able to play in the park

 

Our Mission

We seek to protect our parks and schools from the environmental, community and health costs of replacing natural grass with synthetic turf. We are open to exploring ways to improve natural grass, and or other alternatives as long as they do not negatively impact our neighbourhoods.

 

 

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