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Field of Dreams Contest

One of the 2011 Field of Dreams contest winners, Van Horn High School of Independence, Missouri.
Photo: Synthetic Turf Council

The Synthetic Turf Council is now accepting submissions for its fourth annual Field of Dreams contest. The contest recognizes the power that synthetic turf has to transform communities and schools, and keep youth active, healthy and fit.

The national contest is open to schools (K-12 and colleges), parks, businesses and public spaces in the United States and Canada. The size of the space does not matter; it is judged on the impact it has made on individuals and the community. In order for submissions to qualify fields must have been installed by an STC member company, previously submitted entries can be resubmitted with the exception of the grand prize or top category winners.

Past winners have included a community park that serves over 17,000 children with physical and cognitive challenges, a once-failing high school whose playing field helped bolster the student graduation rate and a Navajo Nation elementary school that increased student fitness levels.

"Winning this national competition in 2011 for our Taylor’s Dream Boundless Playground was a great honor,” said Alvin R. Moll, Jr., Director, Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department. “The playground is extremely popular with families and children of all abilities. We are proud of the beautiful groundcover that makes it stand out like an emerald field.” 

More than 7,000 synthetic turf athletic fields are in use across North America, along with numerous playgrounds and recreation spaces. Interested students, coaches, faculty, parents, parks and recreation managers, business owners and local supporters can easily nominate an installation. Submissions are due by September 1, 2012 and will be evaluated by an independent panel of judges. The grand prize is $1,000, and all winners receive publicity and a modest cash award. Please visit to learn more.

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