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Stop the Artificial Grass Field Proposed for Greeley

Perhaps you don't know this, but there is a group of people raising money for a plastic football field at Horace Greeley High School in Chappaqua. If they succeed in raising the money, they would be making a private donation to fund an “improvement” to public property. However, is this a truly desirable improvement? It’s bad for the environment, it’s not good for the players’ health, and it’s wrong to be putting sports competition on such a rarefied pedestal. Furthermore, in these hugely difficult budget times, it's just not right to place a million-dollar "sports" improvement ahead of any number of educational priorities that will help our district turn out tomorrow's innovators, leaders, artists and Nobel Laureates.

In essence, a group of private citizens have co-opted the Chappaqua Board of Education and have taken over a public field. They argue that the existing playing fields in town are over-used, and can’t be used in bad weather. Perhaps the answer to that is: don’t play. Would it be such a bad thing to get muddy on a wet football field, or to sit a game out because the field isn’t dry? Why is there so much attention being given to sports in the first place? They argue that all the other districts in the county have plastic fields. That sounds suspiciously like trying to keep up with the Joneses - without thinking about whether the Joneses have done the right thing.

There are many reasons that one might oppose an artificial grass field - player health and safety, environmental issues, finances, even aesthetics.

If you are opposed to the proposed plastic football field, please say so. Sign the petition, share the website ( and the petition with your friends, say your piece.

Real grass is greener, for us and for our children, and for the planet. The Pittsburgh Steelers play on grass. The New York Yankees play on grass. Mud’s good. Grass is good. Let’s call off the turf field.

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