Starting April 29th Common Ground Park will be closed for approximately three weeks while a new artificial playground surface is installed. Common Ground Playground opened in February 2009. The playground surface in the park is artificial turf specifically manufactured for playgrounds by ForeverLawn.
The play surface at Common Ground has failed after four (4) years into the eight (8) year limited warranty provided by ForeverLawn. ForeverLawn has determined that the failure is not due to excessive wear and tear, misuse or abuse of the turf. They feel that the fiber deterioration is uncharacteristic of their product and unique to our site, leading them to believe that there was a production problem with the particular run of turf received. Therefore they have agreed to warranty the entire ½ acre of artificial playground surface in the park.
The original cost of the material and installation of the artificial playground grass was $224,425. ForeverLawn has agreed to replace the turf product at a cost to the City of $22,000. They will remove and install the new turf for an additional cost of $25,000. Staff has recommended a product upgrade to a more durable material at an additional cost of $13,200. The upgrade is treated with antistatic technology and antimicrobial protection which was not available when the original product was obtained. The upgrade also has a secondary layer of heat set textured nylon monofilament which provides a higher yarn count and additional face weight that should make the product more durable.
The limited warranty for the replacement turf is six (6) years from the date of installation. Turf replacement funds were obtained from the Common Ground Endowment Fund that is held at the Community Foundation of Greater Lakeland. Signs have been posted at the park announcing the closure. For more information regarding City of Lakeland Parks go to www.lakelandgov.net.