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September 2003

Ford Teams Up with Indiana DEM to Improve School's Athletic Fields

Beech Grove Middle School athletes taking to the field will have a softer turf to land on this school year, thanks to a $15,000 grant from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) with matching funds from the Ford Motor Company.

IDEM Commissioner Lori F. Kaplan, representatives from Ford, Beech Grove City School Corporation officials, and several state representatives watched as the recycled waste tire “crumb rubber” was installed on the field.

“Using crumb rubber to augment the surface of the Beech Grove Middle School playing field will serve two excellent purposes,” said IDEM Commissioner Lori F. Kaplan. “We will keep about 100,000 pounds of waste tires out of Hoosier landfills while the recycled rubber will make the ground softer for athletes, especially those involved in contact sports such as soccer and football. We couldn’t ask for a better combination.”

Incorporating particles from scrap tires reduces soil compaction and improves the health of the grass. It also makes a more desirable playing surface, reducing water puddles by drawing moisture down into the soil.

IDEM’s Waste Tire Management Fund and Ford Motor Company have given these types of grants to five schools in Indiana. These schools include:

• Ben Davis High School, Marion County: awarded $30,000 for one football and one soccer field.
• Beech Grove City Schools, Marion County: awarded $15,000 for one athletic field.
• Decatur Central High School, Marion County: awarded $ 15,000 for one football field.
• Lake Central School Corporation, Lake County: awarded $15,000 for one football field.
• Taylor University, Grant County: awarded $15,000 for one football field.


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