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Artificial turfs for sports parks

Actor: City of Helsinki   ●   Year: 2010   ●   Address: Mäkelänkatu 70, Helsinki, Finland

The Sports Department of the City of Helsinki has installed two artificial turfs at the sports parks in the Helsinki area.


At the sports park of Käpylä district, one turf was replaced by an artificial one and the sand field of the Vuosaari’s sports park got covered by an artificial turf.


Natural grass as a sports base requires a lot of intensive care which means regular watering and the use of fertilisers. This easily leads to the discharge of nutrients to the surface water systems and strains the environment. Sand fields as sports bases often require minerals, such as a rock salt to bind sand material to prevent excessive dusting of the sand. Also this can lead to the entrance of minerals to the water systems.

Using the artificial turfs does not strain the environment because it does not require the use of fertilisers or minerals. The load to the water systems caused by an artificial turf is non-existent compared to the natural turf.

Background information

The action is totally voluntary. The Sports Department of the City of Helsinki wanted to reduce the diffuse loading from the turfs and sand fields and to reduce the resources necessary for maintaining the sports fields. The artificial turfs are big investment for the department but the environmental and financial benefits are obvious.

Further information

Name: Hannu Airola   ●  Email: hannu.airola (a)   ●  Web page: