Ten years after artificial turf began to appear in parks here, the City Council will hold its first oversight hearing on the subject this morning.
While the Parks Dept. says 77 synthetic-turf fields have been installed since 1997, all but a handful were put down under the Bloomberg administration. Another 23 are in design and construction. The city claims turf is more cost-effective than grass.
Toxic turf concerns get Council hearing
The vast majority of these fields belong to the new breed of artificial turf, composed of plastic blades poking out of rubber pellets made from ground up tires.
“I wouldn’t rip up the fields,” [Mount Sinai’s Dr. Philip] Landrigan said. “But let’s put a moratorium on new installation until we have more data.”