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Second turf field believed to be free of lead

Steve Yingling

Polyethylene is the only artificial turf in town.

Gary Moore, city of South Lake Tahoe parks and recreation superintendent, confirmed on Tuesday that the Community Playfields is covered with the same type of artificial surface as the soccer/football field at the Community Youth Sports Complex.

The Center for Environmental Health divulged on Monday that an unacceptable level of lead had been discovered on some synthetic field surfaces. Nylon and nylon-blend fields are artificial field surfaces which have come under question. The coloring pigment for the nylon strands reportedly contains lead chromate, which can poison humans.

“In our opinion, there is no concern on both of our turf fields,” Moore said. “Basically, we use the same product, but it’s a three-year-old product.”

Moore said El Dorado County, which owns the land where the Community Playfields are located, will investigate further to ensure that the subcontractor installed the specified surface that was contracted back in 2005.

The surface for both playing fields was purchased form FieldTurf Tarkett, an artificial turf manufacturer in Montreal.

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The $465,000 polyethylene turf was put in 10 months ago at the Community Youth Sports Complex at South Tahoe Middle School. Even though the $400,000 turf is more than two years older at the Community Playfields, Moore said it is holding up well.

“We’re not observing any carpet wear or carpet bleaching from the sun,” Moore said. “There is a good possibility the longevity could be longer up here because the field has a blanket on it five months out of the year. It’s not like in Folsom, where the ultraviolet rays are beating on it for 12 months out of the year, plus we are shaded.”

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