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Battery Park City Sustainable Synthetic Turf Ball Fields

Sustaining downtown sports

New York, New York

Grass ball fields in Lower Manhattan, right between Warren and Murray. But, because of new construction, this public-access recreational spot in Battery Park City was losing daylight hours—and those remaining hours had heavy demand. Our challenge was to rebuild the fields in the most sustainable way possible. And reorient them for maximum space. Every extra square foot of green counted as one more child who could play.

Synthetic turf was our answer. But it wasn’t just any market-brand turf. Our landscape architects and civil engineers struck up a conversation with our sustainability analysts and toxicologists—and together, they created a combined turf system not available in the marketplace. This custom system will be 100 percent recyclable at the end of its useful life.

That turf, plus our stormwater design (with a storage tank and diversely planted bioswale), upgraded the Battery Park City ball fields into a great addition for public sports in New York City. Two little league fields designed back to back with an overlapping soccer field. Great flexibility for the next generation. 

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