Asphalt to Turf
To meet the recreational demands of our growing population, the Mayor has accelerated the conversion of 26 asphalt multi-purpose fields to synthetic turf. During the last period of major parks expansion, we constructed parks facilities that addressed the interests of the time, including baseball diamonds and basketball courts. But the majority of the then-new additions were multi-purpose fields made of asphalt that could not accommodate a range of games.
Today, we do not have enough grass fields to accommodate the growing demand for soccer fields, and those we have are quickly worn by intensive use. Other games like field hockey, cricket, and rugby have also emerged as major recreational interests for New Yorkers.
The new turf fields can host a greater range of games, including contact sports, and can better absorb frequent and intensive use. At the same time, by using the most advanced design and technology, the synthetic fields will decrease our overall use of lawn mowers and pollutant pesticides.
Under PlaNYC, this initiative has received $29.2 million to convert 26 fields throughout the five boroughs. The fields have been completed and opened to the public.