AstroTurf Press Releases


GS collageLOS ANGELES, CA, November 2, 2015 – Another “Gold Rush” appears to have made its way to the state of California – This time rooted in the greater Los Angeles area. Once again, the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks was able to captivate the community with Griffith Park’s newly completed John Ferraro Athletic Fields. Made possible through contributions from the LA84 Foundation, the Los Angeles Parks Foundation, the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks, as well as other generous donors – the Ferraro Fields project is expected to serve over 170,000 youth players and save 9.5 million gallons of water on a year-round basis.

An ecstatic crowd gathered at the four-field facility for Saturday’s grand re-opening to take a first look at the new fields and hear about the coinciding water conservation efforts. Even the ribbon cutting ceremony panned out to be quite a special moment, as local youth were able to stand and celebrate alongside Olympic legends and city leaders. Not to be overshadowed in the midst of Saturday’s excitement is the entire scope of the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks’ unequivocal commitment to “provide well-maintained facilities that reflect the public’s needs and interests.” With three “Golden Series” projects now completed for the Department of Recreation and Parks in the past year (and more on the horizon), the future of turf is already booming in Los Angeles!

Safe Fields Alliance Issues Statement in Response to NBC Report

safe fields allianceNew York, NY, October 1, 2015 – Today the Safe Fields Alliance (“SFA”), a coalition dedicated to educating stakeholders around the safety of synthetic turf fields using crumb rubber, issued the following statement in response to the September 30th, 2015 NBC News report on this topic:

First and foremost, our sympathy goes out to the cancer patients and their families featured in the NBC report.  Nothing is more important than the safety and health of children.  That is why when making decisions related to children’s safety and health we have to look at the facts and the science, which in this case are extremely clear: synthetic turf fields using crumb rubber are safe.  Dozens of scientific studies, including peer-reviewed academic analyses and federal and state government reports, have all found no connection between these fields and cancer or other health issues.

When this issue was first raised in 2008, a number of studies were commissioned and the overwhelming majority of the scientific community was satisfied that the results showed no reason for concern.  As NBC notes in its report, “No research has linked crumb or shredded rubber to cancer.”