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City of Refuge Wins Community Park Category in STC’s 2012 Search for the Real Field of Dreams

Tuesday, November 13, 2012  
Posted by: Terrie Ward, Synthetic Turf Council
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ATLANTA, GA – Since 1997, the City of Refuge in downtown Atlanta has offered both life-saving resources and life building tools to individuals and families who have been living on the margin. The organization has programs that span multiple areas of need from food, clothing, and shelter, to job training, placement, housing, life skills, and transportation. As the Grand Prize Winner in the Community Park Category for the Search for the Field of Dreams, the children and families at the City of Refuge now have two brand new synthetic turf play areas. The national contest, conducted by the Synthetic Turf Council (STC), searched the country for the community park or school with the most compelling story behind its synthetic turf field or play area.

In an area of Atlanta where it is virtually impossible to play outside in a safe and secure environment, the City of Refuge through many generous sponsors including Synthetic Turf International, The Arthur Blank Foundation and the Peachtree Road United Methodist’s Women’s Association, was able to have two synthetic turf play areas installed in April of this year that accommodate children of all ages. The play areas are housed in a giant warehouse which is part of the 110,000 square-foot campus.

"The families and children of the City of Refuge are now able to enjoy green grass every day allowing the children to stay active and experience something that has been rare in their lives,” said Bruce Deel, CEO, City of Refuge. "Overall, this has been a great experience for all parties involved and the main part is that the lives of these families and children will be changed for the better.”

Other Real Field of Dreams winners include Top Winner Piqua High School in Piqua, OH, Athenia Steel Recreation in Clifton, NJ. The National Finalist winners included Hermleigh High School in Hermleigh, TX and Hattie Larlham Doggie Day Care & Boarding in North Canton, OH.

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

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