Business Advisory Council presents findings on artificial turf

The Milford Business Advisory Council (BAC), a group of local businesspeople, serves the Board of Education by researching the business aspects of special projects and providing recommendations to help the district.  Last night, Brett Bumgarner, BAC member, presented the Council’s findings on replacing the football field with artificial turf.

This project, if approved, would be entirely community funded through donations and business support.  No funds from the district would be used for installing the turf.  There are sound business reasons for replacing grass turf with artificial, including maintenance savings, fewer injuries, more consistent playing conditions, and the ability to generate income by renting out the field to community groups.  Many area districts are now using artificial turf and all feel the move was a sound one.

The Board’s decision on this project will be simply whether to allow the project to move ahead and for the Athletic Boosters to begin fundraising efforts, since no district funds will be used.  The BAC’s findings have been referred to the Superintendent’s Buildings & Grounds Committee for evaluation.  They will make a recommendation to the BOE at the March meeting.

5 Responses to “Business Advisory Council presents findings on artificial turf”

  1. Dave Cliffe Says:

    As a former college football player, high school assistant coach and current official, I disagree with the argument that artificial surface is a good idea. I dispute that it really results in fewer injuries. Until the last few years, I had the opportunity to officiate on alleged state-of-the-art surfaces and without exception I was more sore after time on those fields then on natural grass. If I feel that way as an official, I can scarcely imagine what the players who are landing on their knees and shoulders would say. Once the novelty of the artificial surface wears off, the boys would pine for the sod.
    In addition, are there really a lot of community groups requesting to rent the field? That sounds like turf-salesman puffery to me. What about security, replacement and maintenance costs of the field after it is rented out? Keep the grass!

    • andreabrady Says:

      Thanks for the comment, Dave. As the Buildings & Grounds Committee evaluates the proposal, it would be helpful for you to share your experience with them. If you’re willing, I can share contact info with you.

      • Dave Cliffe Says:

        Please feel free to pass along my thoughts to the Committee although I am reluctant to become immersed in the issue.

  2. Larry Deel Says:

    Relating to what Mr. Cliffe stated regarding injuries, the current trend in professional football is to move away from artificial turf. Of course those organizations have a much larger budget for upkeep of natural turf, but one of the main arguments I have seen is the reduction of injuries when playing on natural or some type of hybrid turf.

    As far as organizations renting the field, what organizations would be interested? Most local football leagues probably do not have the funds to rent the field.

    If artificial turf is what they want, I am all for the upgrade if it is done entirely with private funding.

  3. Amy Schroeder Says:

    Question: would a turf field be available for football or soccer practice? After the construction last year, Milford HS soccer teams lost some of their practice field space. Usually game fields are off-limits for practice, but a turf field should be OK for practice – either FB or soccer.

    As a response to an earlier comment, a large local soccer club CSA currently rents the Goshen and Loveland turf fields for soccer scrimmages and practices 4-5 nights/week in winter and spring (November, December, February and March) until the club’s grass fields open up. Even after the grass fields open, turf fields are often required as a backup if conditions are too wet for grass. Please refer to CSA’s website for contact information.

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