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Gaining Community Support for Turf

How administrators can build excitement and funding for a field.

Communicate every step. Keep the community aware at every phase of the turf field proposal and project, and keep costs transparent.

Negotiate with neighbors. Meet with communities adjacent to the field, who may be impacted by its use, early in the process to hear their concerns, and be willing to compromise.

Get involved with community groups and private fundraisers. Involve community groups and private fundraisers in discussions about the turf field, to increase the district’s chance of funding it without using taxpayer dollars.

Provide the facts. Inform the community with easily accessible research studies, expert opinions, and examples from other districts.

Understand the constituency. Consider your district’s priorities and funding chances in deciding how realistic it is to install a field, and how it will be used.