December 22, 2014
America’s children are getting increasingly less outdoor exercise, studies show. This problem, which contributes to childhood illnesses and obesity, is made worse with the approach of winter snow and ice. As the temperatures drop and snow moves in, traditional play areas of gravel, dirt and sod play simply become unusable.
The use of NewGrass® to create year-round play areas is one way families and schools from coast to coast have directly and successfully addressed the challenge of getting kids moving outside.
“We’ve had great success with NewGrass® on all kinds and sizes of play areas and in all kinds of climates and weather conditions,” says Gregory Goehner, Co-Founder of NewGrass, the artificial grass of choice when water conservation and being environmentally and eco-friendly are as important as having more green lawn to enjoy in any season.
A play area covered in NewGrass®, for example, is usable even after a snowfall, because it’s installed in a way that lets water simply drain through.
Installing NewGrass® in backyard play areas, school playgrounds and other settings is one way to act on the recommendations by Healthy Childcare.org in addressing the health, nutrition, physical activity, and safety aspects of children.
“Today’s children are four times less active in their day-to-day lives than their grandparents were,” according to the America Academy of Pediatrics. “That kind of statistic is troubling and calls for some parental intervention.”
A recent study published in the online JAMA Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine meanwhile found that nearly half of all U.S. preschoolers don’t even have one chance each day to play outdoors under a parent’s supervision.
“Preschool age children should get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity a day,” says the report’s author, Pooja Tandon, MD, MPH, of Seattle Children’s Research Institute. “But many preschoolers are not meeting that recommendation. Young children need more opportunities to play outdoors and to help them be more active.”
“NewGrass® is an eco-friendly, natural-looking and incredibly safe alternative to any other kind of surface under our play sets,” Goehner said. “It eliminates the kind of injuries a child can suffer from a fall on gravel, sand or dirt. NewGrass® is hypo-allergenic, doesn’t stain clothes and prevents dirt and mud from being tracked inside.
September 19, 2014
Venerated UCLA basketball coach John Wooden knew a thing or two about the power of small actions — and his wisdom could help ease California’s water shortage.
“It’s the little details that are vital,” said Wooden, who won 10 NCAA championships in 12 years. “Little things make big things happen.”
California’s water crisis is getting worse, and asking residents politely to curb their use of the precious commodity isn’t getting the job done. The state’s water regulators earlier this month approved fines of up to $500 a day for residents who waste water on lawns, landscaping and car washing. Why? Because a statewide survey by the same agency, the State Water Resources Control Board, found that water consumption statewide has actually risen amid the worst drought in nearly four decades.
It may not be long before other parts of the country face the same challenge. The oppressive drought in the United States ranges from the Missouri River to the Pacific Ocean and is affecting about one-third of the country and 73 million people, according to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture’s Drought Monitor report.
Maybe more Californians and people nationwide should take Coach Wooden’s advice and think small when it comes to conserving water. Want some examples? Consider using NewGrass® or another fully lifelike, water-saving artificial grass in small places.
Airbnb has selected to NewGrass for most of its pop-up parks at entertain events where it offers visitors and locals alike respite with what the company describes as “games, refreshments, unexpected acts of hospitality, and special events to attendees.”
Linden Park in Oakland, used by the North Oakland Community Charter School (NOCCS) for its recess, has turned a dry, hard-dirt play area into a safe, clean play area year-round thanks to NewGrass, installed by 1st Impression Synthetic Lawns & Greens.
“It’s a great project that we’re proud to be part of, and it really shows how small things can make a big difference, and in a lot of different ways,” said Jason Webb, president of 1st Impression.
In New York City synthetic grass provides the floor covering for Soaked, a skyscraper-topping, outdoor bar atop the Mondrian SoHo hotel. NewGrass® has provided the ground cover for Park Here, a 0.1-acre temporary indoor pop-up park in the Nolita neighborhood of Manhattan, north of Little Italy and Chinatown, and has landscaped balcony terraces of the ultra-modern Trump Place.
NewGrass has also been used as part of PARK(ing) Day, an annual worldwide event in which artists, designers and neighbors transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.
“We agree with Coach Wooden, that little actions can have a big impact,” said NewGrass President Gregory Goehner. “It’s like [State Water Control Board] chairwoman Felicia Marcus said when her agency approved the new fines: ‘Every action, from taking a shorter shower, to putting a lawn on a water diet, to replacing turf with drought-tolerant landscaping, contributes to every community’s water security.’”