BCPS Invests in Student-Athlete Safety with New Synthetic Turf Fields

Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) is prioritizing the health and safety of its student-athletes with a $3.6 million investment in state-of-the-art synthetic turf fields. The initiative will see Deerfield Beach High School, Dillard High School and South Broward High School become the first recipients of these advanced playing surfaces after being identified as having some of the most significant issues with field deterioration. 

The decision to switch to artificial turf fields follows extensive research and discussions reflecting the District’s unwavering commitment to student safety. Synthetic turf fields are built with features that soften falls, reducing the risk of injuries, especially for the head. Additionally, the improved drainage systems allow the fields to dry quickly after rainy weather, minimizing disruptions. 

“By installing these new turf fields, we are creating a safer environment for our athletes to compete and train,” BCPS Superintendent Dr. Peter B. Licata said. “We believe this change will contribute to the overall well-being and athletic development of our students.”  

The change will also provide a benefit for physical education classes, marching bands and other recreational activities that utilize the fields. The new surface offers a safe and reliable environment that will enable schools to play and practice without having to take time off to resod and fix the fields, which saves time and money. At times, schools have had to resod the natural fields multiple times throughout the year, costing approximately $52,000 each time. 

“The convenience of being able to utilize our athletic facilities year-round will be a game-changer for sports teams and students who participate in other outdoor activities and rely on the use of the fields,” Dr. Licata added. “They will be a wonderful asset for the entire school community.”

Installation of the turf fields at the three high schools is expected to be completed in the fall of 2024.

 

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