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Synthetic Turf Council Donates New Playing Field to SafeHaven of Tarrant County

Monday, September 17, 2012  
Posted by: Terrie Ward, Synthetic Turf Council
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DALLAS, TX – On Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at Noon, the Synthetic Turf Council (STC), a non-profit trade association unveils a 5,700 square foot beautiful, safe, grass-like synthetic turf play field that it donated through the generosity of its members for the children of SafeHaven of Tarrant County. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will include Arlington Mayor Dr. Robert Cluck along with other local area VIPs, SafeHaven CEO Mary Lee Hafley, STC Chairman John B. Giraud and the Synthetic Turf Council President, Rick Doyle.

"We are committed to community wellness and environmental responsibility through the use of synthetic turf,” noted Rick Doyle, President of the Synthetic Turf Council. "Our members enthusiastically are coming together to build a play field for SafeHaven of Tarrant County, a shelter and support organization for women and children who are victims of domestic violence.”

For more than 35 years, SafeHaven has changed the lives of countless women and children caught in abusive relationships. SafeHaven’s goal is to end domestic violence through safety, support, prevention and social change. The organization has locations in both Arlington and Fort Worth.

"A child in an abusive situation often takes on a parental role in an effort to protect his or her mother,” said Mary Lee Hafley, CEO, SafeHaven. "A donated play field will allow a child to just be a child.”

Currently, synthetic turf is a rapidly growing alternative to natural grass applications by many playgrounds, schools and community parks in the U.S. and Canada in places where it is difficult or impossible to grow natural grass. Eco-friendly benefits include the conservation of more than six billion gallons of water annually and elimination of harmful pesticides and fertilizers.

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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