As South Lakes High School works on raising enough money to build two turf fields at the school, across the river in Maryland there is proposed legislation to make turf fields mandatory at all Prince George's County high schools, reports the Washington Post.
The bill, introduced by Del. Jay Walker (D-Prince George’s) and Sen. Douglass J.J. Peters (D-Prince George’s), would require all of the county’s public high schools to install artificial turf by the end of 2018.
Turf fields allow sports to miss fewer practices or games due to weather. About a third of Fairfax County Public High Schools have turf fields.
The pros and cons of mandatory turf fields have been a hot topic for discussion among residents in PG County the last few weeks. Some think that if money is to be spent, it should be on basics such as classroom improvements. Others cited safety and environmental concerns.
but the school was not selected for the Fairfax County Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) Grant in the spring of 2012. The grant would have paid a portion of the estimated $1.4 million cost.
The school is trying again this year. The effort has received pledges from Reston Association ($50,000), Reston Community Center ($100,000) Reston Soccer Association ($250,000), and Reston Youth Associaton football ($25,000). There would be additional money donated from the school's athletic boosters and school discretionary funds.
Read a comparison of the two surfaces from New York's Hospital For Special Surgery Sports Medicine Department here. To read links to several medical studies looking at whether there is an increased risk of concussions on turf, click here.
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