How long does it take for Seattle to put down artificial turf in a playing field? Seven years and counting. See the timeline . The city has faulted the Parks department for not involving citizens to weigh in with their opinions. Of course, the Parks department could've been thinking that since Seattle citizens voted to pay for park and playfield improvements, then they could go ahead and install artifical turf and lights. Not very inclusive of the Parks officials.
In true Seattle fashion the proiject became bogged down in meetings and oversight reviews. The result was a compromise to mitigate, if not minimize, the impact of having teams actually being able to use the playfield during the rainy months, which was the whole purpose of the improvements. The controversy is reported in the Seattle Times .
Questions: Is the type of grass found in parks and playing fields really natural and "green"? Are people who live next to the playing field upset that they they live next to a playing field? Is plastic grass and night lights a symbol of the man oppressing the people?