By Sylvia Flores, Assistant CCS Director
(August 26, 2013) – Artificial turf, a surface of synthetic fibers made to look like natural grass, is an innovative product that started to become widely known in the ’60s. This product provides several benefits including lower maintenance costs, increased playability with fewer injuries (due to the field’s even playing surface and durability), and environmental benefits (i.e. they are pesticide-free and save on water).
City leaders, with continued passion for and focus on community parks, are constantly striving to improve our park system, to provide the highest quality of outdoor space for the residents of our World Class City. To this effort, the soccer field at Senator Gwen Margolis Park, and now, the Chief Fred Maas Baseball Field at Pelican Community Park, have been newly renovated with artificial turf. The baseball field gets a tremendous amount of use throughout the year, between the NSE/SIB K-8 School Physical Education Classes, the After School Program, the City’s recreational/athletic programs like baseball and instructional soccer, as well as competitive baseball through the North Miami Beach Little League. This new turf will provide for extended durability to survive all of the usage throughout the year, with a great looking field, still intact.
Both Sports Fields will have designated usage times free and open to residents, but will also be available for rent, for organized activities/events, through the City’s Sports Field Rental Permit program. For more information, please contact Lester Alexander, Athletics Coordinator, at 305.792.1799.