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Should Saint John’s change the field from natural grass to turf?

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Should Saint John’s change the field from natural grass to turf?

Will Boyer

Will Boyer

Will Boyer

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Converting the field to turf has been a long-talked-about subject at Saint John’s. Many parks and fields have recently switched from natural grass to turf. Every year before school starts, the field is redone with new grass. Switching the field to turf would eliminate this need completely, and by extension, eliminate the cost.

The final benefit of converting the field to turf would be that the school would get more use out of the field. Because when the field is wet, it can take up to a week to completely dry and for people to be able to go onto it. It also gets muddy, which can keep people off the field even longer. On the other hand, if the school had a turf field, it would dry very quickly, and the only time students wouldn’t be able to use it would be during rain.

Despite these benefits of getting a turf field, there would be a few drawbacks. One of those drawbacks would be the price. One square foot of turf can cost anywhere between $5 and $20. When compared to the price of sod, which is 12 cents to 40 cents a square foot, there is an obvious price difference, but after about eight or nine years, the price of the turf would have been as much as the price to put in normal grass over those eight or nine years. Another problem with turf is that not everyone prefers it over regular grass.

Fourth grader Brady Cole says he doesn’t like turf.

“You can get turf burns, and it’s harder,” he said.

Another fourth grade student, Hutson Ferrone, wants to switch the field to turf.

He said, “I don’t like falling in muddy grass… it’s easy to trip on.”

A poll of Mrs. Haley Mendes’s fourth grade class showed that 19 people would like it if the field were turf, and only one said it should stay as regular grass.

However, Principal Dan Schuh said, “I prefer real grass–it’s better for children to play on.”

Mr. Schuh also noted the high price of converting the field to turf, saying “switching would be very expensive” and “the cost would have to be reduced.”

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