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Community Youth Teams Disappointed as Protesters Delay Field Project

Kinnelon, a small community in New Jersey will once again have to wait for their field to be upgraded to artificial turf after protesters were successful in convincing the board to postpone the project.

One concerned parent reached out to NorthJersey.com to share his discontent with the board’s decision.

The author goes on to say “I’ve lived here for 11 years and have seen not one new field, and there is no available land for sale to build any. Instead of false rhetoric and “science,” just let our children have the first-class field they deserve. We are constantly embarrassed by our appalling field conditions, and change needs to happen now.”

We have shared the full story below on our FieldTurf Blog, to see the full story click Here.

 

Faux turf supporters need to speak up in Kinnelon

 

Dear Editor:

Why does it seem the same very small group of people attend all meetings involving turf and are seemingly against anything having to do with turf fields? I’m not really sure.

What I am sure of is this: The reason you don’t see many turf proponents at these board, council, and other meetings is because we are with our kids at various sporting events in Kinnelon and neighboring towns, doing the right thing and supporting our children, so unfortunately most of us can’t make these meetings, however this must change!

The anti-turf folks have switched their opposition multiple times over the years. First, this minority claimed, “We don’t need fields.” Then it was “We can’t afford fields.” Next it was “It’s a misappropriation of funds to use money for turf fields.” Then it was “You can’t put it anywhere” and now finally it’s “Turf fields will cause cancer”?! What will it be next? Our children might spontaneously combust if they set foot on a turf field?

Also, please….can they stop with the scare tactics like bringing jars of crumb rubber to meetings! Maybe I should gather all the goose feces, pieces of glass, and large rocks we remove every year from our municipal fields and bring them to a meeting in a jar, or more likely a bucket. And do you know what? I am certain some of these objects will and do cause injuries to our players. The same cannot be said for the alleged “evidence” they continually bring to these meetings.

Another note about this crumb rubber…how did objectors get to the last turf meeting, or to work, or anywhere else outside their house? Did they walk or take a horse and carriage with wooden and steel wheels? Oh, they drove their car with rubber tires (like millions of other people). Really, so if they did and they’ve ever replaced the tires when they wore out, did they wonder where all the microscopic particles went as the tires wore down? Do they vacuum them up as they drive along? No, I doubt it and these particles simply go into the air and water just like other things in our environment. So should we ban rubber tires on cars and maybe use the type that Fred Flintstone had on his car, made out of stone?

Oh, or maybe they’d have us spend another $150,000 on a crumb-rubber alternative? OK that’s great, but then they will likely say, “Oh, we don’t have the money for that!” If this group thinks that’s the best solution and they are so supportive of our sports programs, then why don’t the five or 10 of them that show up at all these meetings put up about $15,000 each and we can be done with it?

Additionally, since they’re all allegedly experts on turf fields, why aren’t they consulting with the thousands of sports facilities across the country and the world that have turf fields and recommend that these fields be removed? I guess the proponents for turf in Kinnelon are all ignorant and only this group has the correct answers.

I also just found out recently, from someone who actually was able to attend the recent meetings, that through obsessed persistence against us actually ever having a turf field in Kinnelon, the BOE has been convinced to look at the crumb rubber issue again, and supposedly the Highlands Council has extended the review period another 60 days. I’ll relay this information to my son and daughter and also to all the members of the Kinnelon Youth football, lacrosse, and soccer programs.

So yes, residents of Kinnelon who were hoping for a turf field to happen this fall…it likely now will not happen because of the zealous actions of a few determined people who live in our town. It not only saddens me that we can’t get enough people in favor of turf to attend these meetings; it actually sickens me more to think these opponents think they are doing something good. They are not, and I am through letting these few people think their voice will be the only one heard.

I’ve lived here for 11 years and have seen not one new field, and there is no available land for sale to build any. Instead of false rhetoric and “science,” just let our children have the first-class field they deserve. We are constantly embarrassed by our appalling field conditions, and change needs to happen now.

Kinnelon sports parents should wake up. These people will not give up and must be stopped.

Robert J. Herrington Jr.,

Kinnelon



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