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Op-Ed: A Request to Reconsider Artificial Turf at Puopolo Park

North End resident John Modzelewski recently submitted a letter to Parks Commissioner Christopher Cook urging a reconsideration of the decision to use artificial turf at the soon-to-be-renovated Puopolo Park on Commercial Street. Read the letter in its entirety below. Click to enlarge.

Read an earlier letter by Modzelewski to the project manager, as well as a letter from Commissioner Cook last fall. welcomes commentaries on community issues via email to or through our Submit a Post online form. Opinions are those solely of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of or other writers on this site. Responses to this commentary can be posted below in the comment section.

2 Replies to “Op-Ed: A Request to Reconsider Artificial Turf at Puopolo Park

  1. I agree it is disappointing that we are replacing grass with turf. The one upside is that it may discourage dog owners from using the field as a dog park. And, hopefully, encourage them to take advantage of the Gassy dog park.

  2. I agree with Mr. Modzelweski, and I wish grass was an option or Parks & Recreations could come up with a natural option for the reasons noted in his letter. Although I do consider the wear and tear of athletic activities and I hope Parks and Recreation has done due diligence to assess all natural options, otherwise it runs counterproductive to all the other messaging the city promotes around protecting our environment.

    Also, I agree with Mr. Modzelweski’s concern about the lack of green space, vegetation, in the interior of the North End. Trees along Hanover Street never replaced, Copps Hill Terrace is a concrete wasteland (that would be a great option for vegetation, see Greenough Lane as an example, although that could use a little TLC, too), opportunities for more trees, bushes in Gassy Playground for sure, North Square rehab underway looks to include some vegetation, I hope that remains. Prado rehab near completion, thankfully trees remain.

    Thank you for posting this letter.

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