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Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) and Under Armour announced plans in early July 2015 to move forward with a significant partnership to enhance recreational opportunities for Portlanders.
The athletic apparel and footwear leader and PP&R will team up to enhance athletic facilities within the PP&R system. Duniway Park has been identified as a location for field improvements. Under Armour is leasing the adjacent building that previously housed the YMCA. Under Armour in partnership with the building owner will be making improvements to the building and building property. As part of the Under Armour WIN Global philanthropic platform, UA will contribute to the park system in Portland. WIN Global is dedicated to the provision of resources so that communities can provide access to sport, with a particular focus on young people. With its significant use for sports of all types, Duniway Park is a natural fit.
Portland Parks & Recreation, Under Armour and the community will work together to ensure that the improvements to the park provide benefit to all Portlanders and park users.
Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) is committed to providing safe and accessible recreational opportunities for all Portlanders. To that end, we are pursuing the installation of an artificial turf (crumb rubber) field for this project, while paying close attention to the national conversation surrounding artificial turf. The safety of our fields, along with every facility we own and manage, is paramount.
PP&R has a strong interest in conclusive research on crumb rubber infill; though right now such research is not decisive. We are monitoring as more research is done, always looking for improved technologies, and we will look for opportunities to collect data ourselves. Please note that the potential health concerns surrounding synthetic fields must also be balanced with both the dangers of uneven/waterlogged/baked-dry grass fields causing falls, broken bones and/or sprains, and also with the fact that in our climate, natural fields are unsuitable for use many months of the year.
We will continue to consult with other park associations nationwide to understand any other data available, and their decisions on crumb rubber.