And, of course, the debate last year was further fueled by this viral video, which was ostensibly about the gentrification tensions in the Mission and a battle between tech bros and neighborhood kids over playing time on a soccer field at Mission Playground, but which highlighted the scarcity of playing fields and the popularity among players of those with turf over grass.
Meanwhile, in the midst of our historic drought, turf has been getting plenty of good press, including from the New York Times. And the Chronicle notes that despite approving the money for the health study, the state will simultaneously continue to distribute millions of dollars in subsidies to install crumb rubber products on fields and playgrounds throughout the state.
Also, the cancer fear connected to turf fields led the city of Long Beach to decide last month that they would only use natural-fiber turf on city fields moving forward. Such natural fiber turf products are five times more expensive than the crumb rubber variety.