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Saturday, September 2, 2006

September grass (fake)

The transformation of the asphalt schoolyard to a soccer field at our neighborhood Catholic school is almost complete. We've been following the construction on this blog since Fourth of July weekend; they got the artificial turf down this past week, in time for Labor Day and the new school year:

They've also re-laid a section of the blacktop for a basketball court, and a small piece of property is left over, reportedly for some kind of park-like area. It will be a pretty small park.

You talk about levelling the playing field -- they've definitely done that. As one can see, there's a bit of a slope on that block, and the retainer around the field accentuates it:

It won't be long before the kids are out there kicking and screaming off lots of energy. But they had better wait until things cool off a bit. Today at midday, it was mighty hot on that turf. And it's lot less cushy underfoot than I thought it was going to be. I don't think the knees of those uniform pants are much more secure than they were in the old days (three months ago).

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Looks like the kind of turf that has the little black rubber things in it, for cushion. Damn things get all up in your shoes and soccer socks no matter what you do. Still, I never got my knees tore up quite so bad on turf as I did on real grass.

I hope they put a guardrail around that retainer...looks like a good place for a fall. And some broken bones.


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