City of Ottawa set to replace 'sandpaper-like' Minto turf after just 2 years - Ottawa - CBC News

By Kate Porter, CBC News Ottawa, February 7, 2017

The City of Ottawa is looking at replacing up to $500,000 worth of artificial turf at Minto Field behind the Nepean Sportsplex, just two years after it was installed.

The turf, installed in 2015, was intended for field hockey, soccer and football.

But some of the young athletes soon began complaining of cuts, scrapes and ripped equipment after falling on the surface some described as feeling "like sandpaper."


Even thought the turf at Minto Field is being replaced after just two years, the ward councillor doesn't consider the replacement project a complete waste of money.

That's because the underlay that was also upgraded in a bid to prevent concussions will remain, Coun. Keith Egli said.

The city may also redeploy the scratchy turf at other city facilities such as lawn bowling greens, batting cages or putting greens, where athletes don't typically fall or skid, Egli said.

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