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Tuesday, May 02, 2023, 07:00pm
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Town Forum – Artificial Turf Fields.  
As Town Meeting considers a warrant article to study the use and new installation of artificial turf at Town facilities, residents and Town Meeting Members are encouraged to attend a facilitated presentation and Q&A to learn about artificial turf. The in-person forum will be held on Tuesday, May 2, 7:00 p.m. at Town Hall Auditorium. Panelists will be announced in April. This discussion is being co-sponsored by Arlington's Park and Recreation Commission and Conservation Commission and will be facilitated by the Consensus Building Institute. Add to your iCalendar.  

Learn about Artificial Turf:

Health impacts of artificial turf: Toxicity studies, challenges, and future directions, Murphy and Warner, Aug. 7, 2022.

Boston bans artificial turf in parks due to toxic ‘forever chemicals’, The Guardian, Sept. 30, 2022

New study casts doubt on safety of synthetic turf, March 15, 2022,

A TANGLED TIMELINE, The Philadelphia Inquirer, March 7, 2023.  [A history of artificial turf, Monsanto in the 1960s to suspicious brain cancer cluster in the 2020s]

Artificial turf was once touted as a “magic carpet.” But some scientists are sounding the alarm because it typically contains “forever chemicals.”

Athletic Playing Fields: Selecting safer alternatives. TURI, Toxics Reduction Institute, UMass Lowell

Artificial Turf Industry organizations:

Location Arlington Town Hall Auditorium, 730 Mass. Ave.