Memphis schools eye artificial turf

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) - A $6.6 million fundraising campaign is under way to upgrade athletic fields at city schools to synthetic turf.

According to The Commercial Appeal, officials believe artificial turf can help fight obesity by increasing the use of the fields that would be closed otherwise during rainy weather.

Twelve fields would be upgraded over three years.

Officials say maintenance fees would be decreased using synthetic turf.

Bids have already been awarded to Environmental Turf Services in Jackson, Miss., and Eagle Athletics in Florence, Ala. McWaters Construction of Memphis is the general contractor.

Information from: The Commercial Appeal,

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