The Town of Qualicum Beach has submitted a grant application to replace the west half of the upper playing fields in the Community Park with an all-season turf surface, creating two full-sized turf soccer pitches that can be used year-round with minimal down-time. Here are some frequently asked questions about the project and artificial turf fields in general:
Synthetic turf eliminates the need for pesticides and fertilizers, which has significant health and environmental implications. In addition, synthetic turf reduces noxious emissions by not requiring frequent mowing (e.g. emissions from push mowers/riding mowers).
The Town continues to consider the environmental benefits and drawbacks of the project, including the potential to release microplastics into the environment, and will consider all factors when deciding which materials will be used for the field.
Findings from those assessments indicate increased cancer risk to humans to be negligible, and that the highest risk was found in users ingesting crumb rubber repeatedly over long periods of time (e.g. a child consuming 0.1g of rubber per day, 4 days per week, for 8 months).
A test result from the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services determined that an average 7-year old child would have to consume 100 lbs of synthetic turf infill to be at risk of absorbing enough lead to equal the minimum threshold of elevated blood lead.
You can read the full report here: The Health Implications of Synthetic Turf Fields with Crumb Rubber Infill
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