With the renovation project at Puopolo Fields underway, the large grass ballfields are being replaced with artificial turf. Resident MaryAnn O’Brien laments the changeover with this photo, saying “one of two grass spots (Columbus Park being the other) in the North End is being removed. It seems like a huge mistake to install artificial turf that raises the surface temperature and an odd choice for a city government that is claiming to be environmentally conscious.”
As concerns mounted at community meetings regarding the loss of natural grass, city officials defended the decision last Fall citing better drainage, more play hours and support by local sports and school groups. Langone Park’s little league field will stay natural grass.
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