Kinnelon Needs NEW Fields!
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The sports fields of Kinnelon are beat up and over-used, and it’s obvious to all that Kinnelon needs better fields! Over 2/3 of residents indicated in the recent borough-wide survey that they do NOT want artificial turf installed in Kinnelon.
Unfortunately, some who want it persist in their call for fake fields at all costs, even if the health and safety of our youth are put at risk. Some even call for a raid on tax-payer approved Open Space Funds to pay for it. (Open Space funds were set aside by voters to purchase of natural lands, parks and some historic preservation.).
Another key important factor is Kinnelon's location in lands protected by a special clean water law: The Highlands Law. That law does not permit fake-fields, although school property may be allowed a possible exemption
What is the wise choice for Kinnelon?
All fields, natural or fake, carry risks. But fake turf is implicated in far more serious health and safety than natural fields. Natural grass fields can be maintained, posing no heightened health or injury risks to our youth and sports community.
Fake-turf is expensive to buy, install and maintain (with disinfectants and dispose of. Each field costs well over $1 million and today’s dollars, disposal costs about $130, 000, ( fake turf lasts only 7 – 10 years_. A local man is willing to install the fake fields for cost, but you can be sure a lot of money is still involved.
The good news is that Lake Ric-a-bear may have space for more Kinnelon fields....