General Information on Artificial Turf

The Public Design Commission is supportive of the use of artificial turf on sports fields and large multipurpose fields provided that:

  • the installation maximizes stormwater capture and detention;
  • 3 ½" to 4" caliper shade trees are planted around the perimeter of the field;
  • misting stations are provided at sports fields;
  • infill, where used, is specified in a light color; and
  • the artificial turf is recycled at the end of its useful life.

In general, the Commission discourages the use of artificial turf when it is used as a default in an over-programmed site that does not allow for adequate space or proper siting of viable natural turf.