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Turf fields at Hillview & Kelly

From: domainremoved <Jennifer>
Date: Thu, 26 Jan 2017 21:26:42 -0800

>>>>> I am writing to you as concerned parent and citizen. I, and many other concerned parents, have sent this information to the Parks Commission as well.
>>>>> I was very happy to see the notice in the latest update from the MPCSD that the City is at least considering options to replace the crumb rubber fields at Hillview and Kelly Park. The turf fields cause serious concern among many of us parents. I hesitate to sign my children up for activities if they will be held at either of these fields - strongly preferring they be at Jack Lyle, Burgess, etc. We are involved in many youth sports organizations and ALL receive requests from parents not to schedule at Hillview/Kelly if at all possible.
>>>>> I am sure you have seen the research but here are 2 pieces that I have found educational as I try to keep my kids safe. It seems the City is following the approach of assuming the product is safe and then allowing the research to disprove that assumption. In the interest of protecting our children, I would think we would want assurances that product is safe BEFORE we subject our kids to it.
>>>>> The fact that there are signs posted all over Hillview advising users to wash their hands as soon as they leave the turf, should be enough to give us all pause about how safe it really can be. There are other options than crumb rubber with the same usability and much less risk.
>>>>> I hope that the City immediately prioritizes making these two venues safe for everyone - and does NOT need to wait for further reports.
Summary of Studies (including Yale, 2015) of Toxic Chemicals in Crumb Rubber of Artificial turf

http://www.toxipedia.org/display/toxipedia/Crumb+Rubber <http://www.toxipedia.org/display/toxipedia/Crumb+Rubber>
http://www.ehhi.org/turf_report07.pdf <http://www.ehhi.org/turf_report07.pdf>
>>>>> Here is another link to news clip:
>>>>> http://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Questioning-the-Safety-of-Synthetic-Turf-303540101.html <http://www.necn.com/news/new-england/Questioning-the-Safety-of-Synthetic-Turf-303540101.html>
>>>>> Other communities around the country are wising up and replacing their crumb rubber fields. Please consider being a leader in this matter and not wait for the worst to happen.

>>>>> Thank you,
Received on Thu Jan 26 2017 - 21:29:58 PST

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