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Surrey Opens Twelfth Artificial Turf Field

October 03, 2011

For immediate release

Surrey, BC - The City of Surrey officially opened its 12th artificial turf field on Saturday afternoon (Oct.1st) at Tamanawis Park. This is the second full size artificial turf field hockey pitch for Tamanawis Park in Surrey.

“We are proud the City of Surrey is home to the largest number of artificial turf fields in Canada,” says Mayor Dianne Watts. “The opening of this latest field in Newton kicks off Active Living month in Surrey and represents another investment in sport and healthy living. We are committed to engaging our youth and ensuring they have ample opportunities for physical fitness activities to help them stay healthy and active.”

“The Tamanawis Park New Turf and Field House project is an important initiative for our community: socially, as an investment in our youth, and economically, by establishing Surrey as a center for sport tourism” said Councillor Mary Martin, Chair, Parks, Recreation & Culture Committee, during the official ribbon cutting ceremony.
Upon completion, the Tamanawis Park project will be considered one of the premier facilities within North America for the sport of Field Hockey, ready to accommodate future provincial, national and high level international matches.

The turf is very specific to the sport of Field Hockey and its playability is ensured due to the installation of a high pressure irrigation system that is used at the start and mid-point of games to water-down the field, so as to maximize the roll of the ball on the turf.

Artificial fields are more environmentally friendly and sustainable than grass fields that require fertilizer and regular watering.

By investing in artificial field turf field technology for fields like this, it is estimated that we are providing the sporting community with an equivalent usage of seven natural grass sport fields and ensuring opportunities for year round and inclement weather usage for many years to come.

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For more details contact:

Laurie Cavan
General Manager, Surrey Parks Recreation and Culture
(604) 598-5765