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New Jersey Town Voting on Turf

The council president said he was unsure what the final price tag would be, estimating a cost of approximately $600,000 to $800,000 per field. But he said that should be discounted somewhat because the township would be installing two fields.

In New Jersey, the Brick Township Council is scheduled to vote on awarding a contract to install two artificial turf fields.

By this fall, officials hope township sports programs will have two new artificial turf fields to play on.

Council President Stephen C. Acropolis said the township will pay for the turf fields both through a $1.2 million state grant and with money Brick has put aside for recreation programs. However, he said the spending now will translate into savings in future years.

In addition Acropolis said that, whereas use of grass fields has to be limited to give the surface a chance to recover, turf fields can support much more extensive play. And turf has an environmental benefit, too, according to town officials -- it requires no fertilizer or chemicals to maintain it.

“In the long run, if you look at manpower costs and the use of the fields, it makes sense to come into the 21st century,” Acropolis said.

The fields will be marked for soccer, lacrosse and football.


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June 18, 2019, 8:45 am PDT

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