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Artificial turf fields not a good use of money

Date published: 8/28/2014

Thanks for bringing to light the enormous amount of money that the Spotsylvania School Board is considering to pay for artificial turf for high school football fields ["Artificial turf beginning to grow on local schools," Aug. 24].

Is the county so flush with money now that they can spend $5 million on upgrading something that is not broken and benefits a very limited portion of the population?

No one wants their ox to be gored, but instead of replacing a football field where hundreds watch a game while about 50 people get some exercise, why not follow Fredericksburg's example and invest in the trail network so all can benefit?

Look at the people traffic on the Heritage Trail sometime! It is an amazing benefit to residents and is a tourist attraction in its own right.

As previously discussed in this paper and at county board meetings, Spotsylvania Greenways Initiative in conjunction with the county, some developers and the National Park Service have already worked out many of the preliminary ideas to connect the battlefields and other areas of interest with walking and biking trails that would improve the quality of life for the entire region.

You could probably build out the whole trail network for the money proposed to upgrade a few football fields.

Mental and physical fitness are both important. If you need to spend the money on a school or teacher pay, then do that. If, on the other hand, you want to improve the physical fitness of the county and attract tourism dollars, build trails versus plastic football fields.

Terrell Dorn