Synthetic Tire Waste Athletic Fields Discriminate


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                 San Jose Mercury News (02/08/2008)                   Disability Rights Group Sues Over Park Access

          Artificial turf closes the park to all but a handfull of uses. Because of the properties of the materials and warranty limitations, activities like picnics, setting up a table or chair, or relaxing on a blanket would be affected.        No food or drink of any kind, other than water, is allowed on the field to prevent bacterial infestations.  

If you go to any sports facility that has one you will notice that strict guidelines are enforced about who has access and what kind of footwear is allowed. This is because the PLASTIC LAYERS ARE EASILY PUNCTURED OR TORN. Driving in poles or stakes will damage the plastic. Crutches or any metal spiked or sharp shoe including baseball or golf will also damage it. Tables and chairs are not allowed on it.      

                (Silver Terrace - San Francisco)

 The puncture / rip factor EXCLUDES AND ELIMINATES MANY COMMON RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES like volleyball, badminton, croquet, golf, cricket, any wheelchair access, etc. This also eliminates any potential creative new activities like footbag net (hacky sack played with a net) or any other unforeseen future sports that do not conform to the surface’s limitations.

 

BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL PLAY IS COMPROMISED. No metal cleats are allowed. The base path is no longer dirt but a continuation of the plastic mesh that has been dyed brown. Sliding into home is a thing of the past (unless one is willing to get a seriously painful skin burn and a face and mouth full of tire crumbs).

 

       

(Silver Terrace - San Francisco) 

 

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