Should My Turf Fields Be Natural or Synthetic? Learn About Both at #MACoCon

Are you looking to install or update your athletic fields? Not sure whether natural or synthetic turf is best for you? If so, make an informed choice by getting up-to-date on natural and synthetic turf fields and heat policies at the 2019 MACo Summer Conference.

Play Ball! What You Need to Know About Natural and Synthetic Turf


Your residents expect athletic fields and playground areas as part of the public services you provide. Done right, they can enhance the quality of life and health of your residents. Done wrong, they can cause a loss of investment and result in angry residents. Both natural and synthetic turf fields offer certain advantages and drawbacks. Regardless of your choice, you also need to have a heat policy in place to keep your residents safe while they play. Panelists will present the latest information about synthetic and natural turf, the importance of having a heat policy, and best practices for heat policies.


  • Rick Anthony, Recreation and Parks Director, Anne Arundel County
  • Jeremy Kortright, Parks and Recreation Division Director, Frederick County
  • Kathleen Burley, President, Maryland Association of County Park and Recreation Administrators, and Director of Parks and Recreation, Harford County


The Honorable Mary Lehman, Maryland House of Delegates

Date & Time: Thursday, August 15, 2019, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

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