artificial turf

Washington Square Park Phase III Construction To Have Staggered Opening -- "Mounds" (or What Used to be the Mounds) Set to Open By Halloween

Washington Square Park Phase III Construction To Have Staggered Opening — “Mounds” (or What Used to be the Mounds) Set to Open By Halloween

October 16, 2013

Updated 7:37 p.m. — Community Board 2 Parks Committee met up for its October meeting earlier this month and updates on parks in the district were on the agenda. Washington Square Park was discussed at length. Re-reading my notes on the meeting made me think that Washington Square Park should really have its own committee of [...]

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Heard At City Hall on Artificial Turf:  "But Where Will the Tires Go?" ... Mayor Bloomberg says this is "a made-up story"

Heard At City Hall on Artificial Turf: "But Where Will the Tires Go?" … Mayor Bloomberg says this is "a made-up story"

February 10, 2009

According to a scrap tire recycler who spoke at the New York City Council hearing on artificial turf and rubber “safety surface” mats yesterday at City Hall, 13% of all scrap tires in New York State are used to create artificial turf. If the City Council passes a bill placing a moratorium on “crumb rubber” [...]

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NY City Council to hold Public Hearing Monday, Feb. 9th Regarding Banning use of Artificial Turf and Additional Testing on Rubber Mats

NY City Council to hold Public Hearing Monday, Feb. 9th Regarding Banning use of Artificial Turf and Additional Testing on Rubber Mats

February 5, 2009

The Parks & Recreation Committee of the New York City Council will hold a public hearing on Monday, February 9, at 10 AM in the Council Chambers at City Hall around eliminating use of artificial turf in NYC parks and fields (already in ‘play’ in over 90 locations!) and requiring temperature testing (and possibly banning) [...]

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NY Daily News reports "Lead in [artificial] turf shuts East Harlem field"

NY Daily News reports "Lead in [artificial] turf shuts East Harlem field"

December 23, 2008

You know that artificial turf that Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe has advocated for and previously wouldn’t consider had any problems, to the point where it’s been installed in over 90 ballfields and parks across New York City? This despite the fact that in New Jersey they closed two ball fields when high levels of lead [...]

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On Artificial Turf --

On Artificial Turf –

December 12, 2008

The entry below was taken from a July 9th post here at Washington Square Park Blog on artificial turf. Although the Parks Department insists there is a new and better version they are using, it’s still questionable. As reported in Wednesday’s (12/10) entry, the Parks Department wants to place artificial turf around the Mounds (southwestern [...]

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Expert Doctor on Children's Health Raises Alarm on Synthetic Turf - What will it take to reach Parks Commissioner Benepe?

Expert Doctor on Children's Health Raises Alarm on Synthetic Turf – What will it take to reach Parks Commissioner Benepe?

July 23, 2008

Dr. Philip Landrigan is a respected pediatrician and expert on children’s health at Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in NYC. He has written a letter urging a moratorium and raising alarming concerns on artificial turf to the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection. No word on whether this same letter has been sent to the NYC [...]

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NYC Parks Department Motto: Stick to the plans, no matter how irrational or unwelcome they are.

NYC Parks Department Motto: Stick to the plans, no matter how irrational or unwelcome they are.

July 9, 2008

The NYC Parks Department never ceases to amaze. Operates as a pure business model. Promotes privatization ventures without fail. Destroys thousands of mature city trees to put forth splashy expensive redesigns of parks. Pitches “MillionTreesNYC” “initiative” with little planning given as to how to care for and maintain the trees. Lets parks fall into disrepair [...]

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NYC Parks Commissioner Benepe responds to NY Times' Op-Ed on Ridgewood Reservoir

NYC Parks Commissioner Benepe responds to NY Times' Op-Ed on Ridgewood Reservoir

June 9, 2008

You really have to read between the lines when New York City Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe speaks about plans he wishes to implement in our city parks. Last week, the New York Times printed Commissioner Benepe’s letter in response to the excellent Op-Ed that Robert Kennedy Jr. and NYC Comptroller William Thompson Jr. wrote defending [...]

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In the News... NYU Student goes for home run at graduation at Yankee Stadium -- First time in 32 years graduation not held at Washington Sq Pk

In the News… NYU Student goes for home run at graduation at Yankee Stadium — First time in 32 years graduation not held at Washington Sq Pk

May 15, 2008

Yesterday, for the first time in 32 years, NYU Students graduated somewhere other than Washington Square Park, and one ambitious student, William Lopez, decided to try for a home run at replacement graduation site, Yankee Stadium. He got to third base before he was tackled by a security guard. (Seriously, he got that far. They [...]

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NYC Parks Department Sticking to Pro-Turf Stance Despite Incomplete Answers from "Review"

NYC Parks Department Sticking to Pro-Turf Stance Despite Incomplete Answers from "Review"

May 15, 2008

The NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene released its draft report (officially termed a “literature review”) on artificial turf. The New York Times reports today that the the report “conducted on behalf of the Bloomberg administration says that there is no scientific evidence that synthetic turf fields in New York pose major health hazards [...]

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