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What to Know About Natural Grass Fields in Recreational Facilities
If you are in the process of planning a new recreational facility, there are a lot of decisions ahead of you. One of the decisions that can prove surprisingly difficult is whether to use artificial turf or natural grass. In this blog, Sports Facilities Advisory will go over some things to consider regarding natural grass before you make a firm decision — from design and general care to potential environmental factors.
Cost of Installation
Artificial turf typically costs significantly more to install than natural grass. Depending on your budget, location, and whether your field is single-sport or multi-purpose, the additional cost alone could influence your decision. However, many artificial turf options are generally low-maintenance. This means that, beyond the initial cost, artificial turf may be the cheaper option overall.
Caretaking and Maintenance
With a natural grass field, there’s going to be ongoing maintenance and care to keep it in good condition. This maintenance will need to be carried out when the field is in regular use as well as during the off-season. Aeration, fertilization, seeding, mowing and off-season field covering are all important factors for ensuring the best field conditions for customers.
It might sound like a lot of work to maintain a grass field, but it does have some specific benefits. Grass and soil provide great natural traction, which improves the experience for players. Grass turf also reduces the chances of injury by providing better absorption for impacts.
Many of the benefits go beyond the experience of playing on natural grass to include wider environmental benefits. Grass absorbs carbon dioxide and produces oxygen, improving air quality. Natural playing fields can also be significantly cooler than artificial turf, and they can provide better erosion control as well.
Natural or Artificial?
Natural grass has some significant benefits, but whether or not it is the best option for your playing fields is going to depend on a number of things. Cost, purpose, and market demand should all be weighed along with the benefits to player experience and the environment. Your best option is to consult with a professional organization like SFA for advice and guidance on the kind of playing surfaces you should use.
Plan Ahead with Sports Facility Advisory
For the best in professional guidance when you are designing a recreational facility or sports complex, contact the Sports Facilities Advisory team. We provide major event centers with individualized assistance, from planning to opening and operation. We can help you lay the foundation for a leading recreation center.