Synthetic play fields are currently a big matter of concern. They appear among the hottest places in the city, on the same scale as parkings, supermarkets and big factories.
Source : Geoff Croft/NYC Parks Advocate
The number of synthetic fields is in progress, but many people are confronting this issue. People like Patrick Barnard from http://www.savewestmountpark.com and Guive Mirfendereski from http://www.synturf.org are constantly publishing news about this specific hot topic.
The westmounter group Savethepark! was particularly strong when the Westmount council announced the decision to construct a new synthetic field in Westmount Park. About this theme see the article : "grass warfare in Westmount"
The next picture shows the Jeanne-Mance park in Montreal, Canada. The difference between temperatures on natural and artificial turf reaches 4,6°C on June 27, 2005 (10:32am).
Source : Google Earth, 2007
Source : Pérez C., 2007
Recently, Save the Park! produced an excellent video about synthetic play fields on Westmount Park :
Last update: February 23, 2010