The City of Ferris proudly announced its commitment to community health and safety by opting for a safer infill alternative for the new artificial turf installation at Earline Jackson Park. The decision comes amid concerns about potential health risks associated with traditional crumb rubber infill made from recycled tires.
Artificial turf, recognized for its low maintenance and durability, has been under scrutiny due to studies highlighting the presence of substances like heavy metals, PFAS, phthalates, and PAHs in crumb rubber infill. These substances have been linked to various health risks, including cancer.
John DeLeon, Assistant City Manager & Chief Operations Officer of Ferris, explained the city's proactive approach, stating, "Our decision to opt for a safer infill material, utilizing organic materials, reflects our dedication to the well-being of our community, particularly our children who are the most frequent users of these playgrounds."
The move is not just limited to Earline Jackson Park but marks the beginning of Ferris's broader commitment to creating safer recreational spaces. The alternative infill chosen by the city offers comparable durability and maintenance benefits while minimizing exposure to potentially harmful substances.
City Manager Brooks Williams emphasized the city's priority on citizens' health, especially the youth, stating, "In the City of Ferris, we prioritize the well-being of our youth above all. Our focus is clear – the health and safety of our young people. We believe firmly that removing even the potential risk associated with these materials is not just a precaution but a necessary step towards ensuring a safer future for our children."
About the City of Ferris
Situated in the heart of North Texas, the City of Ferris is a thriving community known for its commitment to quality of life, inclusive values, and fostering a sense of belonging for all residents. With a rich history, vibrant cultural scene, and a wide array of recreational opportunities, Ferris is a place where community thrives, and diversity is celebrated. Learn more at www.FerrisTexas.gov