Work started just two weeks ago to replace the 16 year old, worn-and-torn Astroturf at Cadman Park, and impressive progress can be seen already. The new turf is much more plush. Gone are the thousands of crumb rubber bits that your kids dragged home in the crevices of their shoe bottoms, their socks, their hair, their nostrils. One neighborhood kid got a crumb stuck in his ear and needed a doctor to fish it out. We’re sure there are other stories out there. No more of that.
There’s been a lot of controversy over the years about this field. But, once the turf wars piped down, the park has been a mostly harmonious refuge for nannies to gather with children in their care, immigrants from all over the world to play futbol together, parents to let their toddlers run free, and local students to recess.
But wait, there’s one controversy that’s been stubbornly ongoing….