School District looking into alternatives after latest crumb-rubber ban

Aug 23, 2018

The City Council this week again extended the ban on crumb rubber – synthetic turf made from recycled tires – within city limits, to February. It wants to get results of studies by the federal government and the state of California before making any decisions.

A previous extension expired Aug. 15.

The council approved the ban in December 2015, a few months after the school district opened two synthetic turf sports fields on the grounds of the former Woodway High School.

The Edmonds School District is waiting for a determination, as it wants to replace the baseball field at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

“The baseball field project is being designed to accommodate more than one type of infill,” district spokeswoman Kelly Franson said. “It will be bid to include an alternative to crumb rubber. We are currently going through the permit process. We have been through the design review board, and the project will go to the hearing examiner on Thursday, August 23.

“We are applying for a conditional use permit due to zoning issues concerning fence and lighting height. We will advertise for bids in late fall.”

The hearing examiner meeting is 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at City Council chambers, 250 Fifth Ave. N.




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