2012 Turf Field Development Program Now Accepting Applications

Notice of Intent to Apply due November 1.  Applications due November 15.

The Department of Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS) is now accepting applications for the 2012 Synthetic Turf Field "Mini-Grant" program.  Through this program, which is funded by the Athletic Services Application Fee, community based athletic organizations can apply for one of two "mini-grants" of $175,000 towards the development of synthetic turf rectangular fields.

The purpose of this program is to provide opportunities for athletic organizations to submit proposals to partner with the county to develop synthetic turf fields or convert existing grass fields to synthetic turf on land owned by Fairfax County, the Fairfax County Park Authority (FCPA), or Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS).  Athletic fields with a synthetic or artificial turf surface are more beneficial to Fairfax County than natural grass surfaces for several reasons. Despite high up-front costs, synthetic turf fields have lower maintenance costs. The wear and tear on the surface is minimal, even with high levels of usage. Because of their superior ability to drain water, the fields can be used year-round and in almost any kind of weather. Further, synthetic turf surfaces provide storm water management benefits to the area by effectively managing rainwater.  In the long run, synthetic turf fields will save the county maintenance costs and increase the inventory of field space available for community use. Industry estimates are that synthetic turf surfaces have an average expected lifespan of eight to ten years.

For more information, please call 703-324-5533 or email AthleticServices@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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