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Artificial turf at 3 Forsyth County parks maybe slated for summer

by Aldo Nahed

April 02, 2013

FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Adding synthetic turf to three fields this summer was requested at the March 26 Forsyth County Board of Commissioners work session.

At the tune of $1.5 million in special-purpose local-option sales tax money, Commissioner Jim Boff wasn't thrilled with the idea.

"I don't see that they are worth $1.5 million for the fields," said Boff. "I'm not wildly opposed to it. If the rest of the group feels its valid paying that kind of money for the fields, I do not want to stop it, but it's not something that I can support."

Commissioners voted 3-1 at the work session with Boff opposed and Commissioner Brian Tam absent

Chairman Pete Amos said that although it seems like a lot of money, people will be able to use the fields more often.

The three fields would be at Coal Mountain, Joint Venture at Daves Creek and Sawnee Mountain. If bids come in and enough funds are available, commissioners asked that Fowler Park be considered the alternative.

Jerry Kinsey, the parks and recreation director, said in addition to park fields, there have been discussions with the parks and recreation board to turf high school fields.

"We're trying to get a turf field in each park and two in more populated areas," Kinsey said.

Kinsey said that artificial turf fields have benefits that include being able to use the fields year-round, while natural grass wears out quicker and needs rest time between usage.

"We will also save on maintenance," Kinsey said.