I had the pleasure of spending the day with my grandson at the newly renovated Rehm Park. I have spent a lot of time at Rehm over 35 years of living in Oak Park. While my grandson had a great time, I was dismayed that the renovation included artificial turf. I understand that there is an argument for it requiring less watering and maintenance, but I am really hoping that this doesn’t become the norm for all the parks in Oak Park and River Forest. You may say it’s a safe alternative if you fall, but it really is harder on a body. This trend also seems to be seeping into residential backyards, which, studies have shown, decreases the value of a home. Artificial turf is not a sustainable surface, it is not recyclable, it is not environmentally friendly at all, and it is not better for athletes.

Cary McLean
River Forest, formerly Oak Park

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