Please vote YES on Question #2 related to the parks bond:
There have been many questions on the parks bond and we would like to address those questions and concerns. Has the bonding for the parks been thought out or have thoroughly planned?
The parks bond plan submitted to council on August 24, 2015 has not changed aside from the replacement of artificial turf fields with natural grass fields. Artificial turf fields were taken out of the bond since there has been concerns about safety. Scientific studies are not conclusive, but are trending in the direction of being UNSAFE for our children to be playing on. The federal government, which once approved of artificial turf, is no longer endorsing such use.
Some have recommend (what they refer to as organic artificial fields) as alternative to crumb rubber fields. The so-called organic fields are still covered with plastic artificial grass, which is one of the concerns of playing on crumb rubber (http://www.
Both crumb and organic fields come with higher cost than green fields. Mainly due to the new installation and the removal of the old turf. Artificial fields have a life span of approximately 8-10 years. Once turf fields hit the their life expectancy, they need to be removed at a cost of approximately $250,000 today. With having grass fields in the bond, $3.5 million will be saved up front.
Some had stated that grass fields are more costly then artificial turf to maintain. This is simply not true, especially when you take into consideration all the costs as stated above, along with maintenance of artificial turf. This maintenance should include one hour of maintenance for every 10 hours of use, snow removal, testing of soil around fields, disinfecting and other maintenance upkeep, this is simply not the case.
Grass fields are safe for our children/athletes, the best choice for our environment and for the taxpayers of Middletown. Keep in mind artificial fields would be gated and not open to the community as a whole. Also, by letting our children play on grass fields, they can play the game the way it’s supposed to be played. The injuries that have been reported on turf fields includes burn related injuries (http://www.nbcconnecticut.
Even the women’s soccer league is suing over being made to play on artificial turf because of injury and the game cannot be played in its true form (http://www.wfsb.com/story/
Let not forget that this is not the only part of the parks bond. There are trails, parks, the replacement of our Vets pool and so much more.
The parks bond by ordinance will be overseen by a building committee for each part of the project and then will go to Common Council for final approval.
Please vote YES to improving our quality of life for everyone in the City of Middletown this .
Mary Bartolotta and Gene Nocera