But Centerville has joined the growing ranks of high schools around the nation that have replaced grass fields with a new generation of synthetic turf that sheds water, requires little maintenance and can be used around the clock by football, soccer and field hockey teams as well as bands and clubs.I remember that turf in the old days was rock-hard; or maybe that was cement-hard. Whatever; it was not a pleasure to play on.
Even though they're spending hundreds of thousands of dollars at a time when most school budgets are under pressure, schools from Ohio to California are putting in the new turf as a long-term investment. In many cases, they're getting help from boosters and other private donors.
Crushed stone provides the base for the newest generation of artificial turf. Small porous mats, to which the grass-like fibers are attached, are laid out and sewn together. Sand and tiny rubber pellets designed to simulate soil are poured over the top and settle at the base of the fibers.Perhaps the days of ruined knees and ankles are over?