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Synthetic Turf Applications Gain Popularity in Fitness & Wellness Facilities

Tuesday, January 8, 2013  
Posted by: Terrie Ward, Synthetic Turf Council
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ATLANTA, GA – With the New Year comes much attention to the number one resolution – get in shape and lose weight. Many fitness and wellness facilities are selecting synthetic grass for their weight training and workout rooms because of its resilience, durability, sound absorbing qualities, and good looks.

"While synthetic turf is typically identified with athletic fields or landscaping, many health clubs, wellness facilities, hospitals and senior living centers are beginning to use synthetic turf to enhance the safety and attractiveness of their facilities, and to make them more accessible to the disabled,” said Rick Doyle, President of the Synthetic Turf Council.

Extreme Sport Facilities

Oakland Raiders player, Jared Veldheer recently opened his PowerStrength Training Systems facility in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Veldheer and Performance Coach Mark Ehnis created the facility to help athletes unleash their full physical and mental potential. Together, they determined that synthetic grass would be the best solution for all of the heavy sled pushes, and agility and movement drills that take place in the gym.

"With all of the daily usage, the artificial grass still looks and feels great,” noted Veldheer.

Ken Karmie of ForeverLawn worked with Veldheer to complete the installation at the sports facility. "We are honored that Jared Veldheer chose SportsGrass by ForeverLawn as the turf choice for PowerStrength,” said Karmie. "We designed the synthetic turf for performance and durability, which is the perfect combination for Jared’s unique facility.”

Specialized Fitness and Recreation Facilities

A growing number of companies are installing synthetic grass for innovative and specialized fitness and wellness applications. Google recently contracted with Heavenly Greens in San Jose, California to install synthetic grass in its wellness center for its employees.

To give their patients and residents an outlet for all-weather and low maintenance recreation and fun, Scripps Hospital in San Diego, CA, Heritage Point Senior Living in Walnut Creek, CA, and a nursing home in Ft. Worth, TX turned to SynLawn in Dalton, GA to install synthetic grass putting greens.

People are finding new and creative ways to take advantage of the many benefits of synthetic grass. It’s a big reason why synthetic grass for landscape and recreation use has become the fastest growing segment of the market.

About the Synthetic Turf Council

Based in Atlanta, the Synthetic Turf Council was founded in 2003 to promote the industry and to assist buyers and end users with the selection, use and maintenance of synthetic turf systems in sports field, golf, municipal parks, airports, landscape and residential applications. The organization is also a resource for current, credible, and independent research on the safety and environmental impact of synthetic turf. Membership includes builders, landscape architects, testing labs, maintenance providers, manufacturers, suppliers, installation contractors, infill material suppliers and other specialty service companies. For more information, visit

Our Mission

To serve as the global forum to promote, develop, grow and advocate for the synthetic turf industry.

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