It's like walking on hot coals.
Artificial turf installed in city fields can heat up to a blistering 162 degrees even on a mild summer day, a Daily News investigation has found.
Parks' fake grass can reach a scorching 162 degrees
Over two mildly warm days last month, The News took surface temperature readings at five synthetic fields across the city accompanied by NYC Park Advocates, a group that has been critical of the fake grass.
At all five, temperatures at the synthetic fields soared roughly twice as high as at nearby natural grass ones, from a low of 144 degrees at the Greenbelt Recreation Center on Staten Island to a scorching 162 at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens.
When confronted with The News' findings, the Parks Department also conceded high temperatures can be a problem at turf fields.
They said they were in the process of installing signs warning visitors of the dangers at fields across the city.
"The temperatures can get very high during the heat of the day. But people are smart. They are not going to use a place that is uncomfortable to play on," said Liam Kavanagh, first deputy parks commissioner.
Well they don't have a choice but to play on it since you make them apply for a permit in advance, nimrod.