Durability, minimal maintenance and year round access. Those are just some of the reasons that Vancouver continues to add artificial turfs throughout the city.
There are now a total of nine premium level play facilities, which can withstand deteriorating weather conditions.
“Artifical fields allow us to program the fields and allow users to access those locations year round with really minimal maintenance,” says Thomas Soulliere with the Vancouver Board of Parks and Recreation. “The grass fields, on the other hand, require extensive upkeep and rest periods that really have an impact on the amount of access that we can provide.”
Soulliere adds that each field is equipped with high mast lighting which enables athletes to play through every season, even when the sunlight is limited. The compacted gravel surface is also conducive to any weather condition.
“You can play in all weather, any weather condition. We have kids that are out there playing in the rain. If we get snow you can still play in it.”
Despite the amount of rain the city gets during the fall and winter seasons, soccer leagues are still eager to get out and play. And unlike the grass fields which get torn apart very easily in the soggy conditions, the artificial turf also provides a safe environment to play all year long.
“The even playing surface that you get with the artificial turf fields and the fact that that quality is maintained is really important to us,” explains Soulliere.