Real or Plastic Grass at the Entrada?

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Tomorrow [Tuesday] the City Council will hear an appeal dealing with the Entrada's installation of plastic grass rather than real grass in a large open space.

It will be interesting to see if the City Council favors the use of plastic grass for real grass for this project and how this might affect other projects in the future.

For anyone interested in this, it is item 15 on tomorrows City Council Agenda.

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a-1513129265 Nov 21, 2017 10:27 AM
Real or Plastic Grass at the Entrada?

Plastic "grass" is bad news. It acts pretty much like concrete. Plastic grass heats up, reflects that heat, doesn't allow water into the watershed. Fake grass has been known to heat up to 150º F. It also out-gasses carcinogenic chemicals and eventually ends up in a landfill. Ugh.

RHS Nov 21, 2017 09:06 AM
Real or Plastic Grass at the Entrada?

Decades ago I watched as local governments in So. Cal. started "planting" plastic shrubs, grass and trees in medians as a cost savings effort. The turned pink and violet in a few years and were incredibly ugly--looked like planet Altair. Anyway, about a decade back we saw plastic "grass" come into favor again. It came apart at the seams, one couldn't clean it without water and it cost bucks and land fill to remove. Let's just accept that on planet Earth we should have a biologically appropriate environment. The only ones who seem to benefit from this continual plastic push is big oil and people who are conned into buying this inevitably awful product (often with government subsidies--ugh).

greytfull Nov 21, 2017 09:00 AM
Real or Plastic Grass at the Entrada?

As a garden designer, "plastic" turf is an anathema to me. There are so many beautiful, low-water usage alternatives. Installing it kills the soil, thus all the life and creatures in it, removes a feeding source for birds and bees, causes drainage problems, and ultimately, aids flooding. Bad stuff.

Lucky 777 Nov 21, 2017 08:21 AM
Real or Plastic Grass at the Entrada?

I remember being so shocked 40 years ago when I saw that the gas stations in Torrance had Astroturf in their curbside islands, and was told it was because the refineries there made it so polluted that no real grass would grow. Please, not here. But, as an aside to Rex, on the ceiling of my garage I have Astroturf studded with plastic dog shit. That is an appropriate place.

Concerned4Calif Nov 21, 2017 07:48 AM
Real or Plastic Grass at the Entrada?

I agree with Landshark. Private property - private decision. No wonder the City has no time to fix the streets or other problems. Next they will tell you what color to paint your bathroom - item 3 on next week's agenda.

Z Nov 20, 2017 03:55 PM
Real or Plastic Grass at the Entrada?

Plastic grass is good for the ground and environment and saves on water. Plastic people don't do well on organic ground covers.

SBCountyLocal Nov 20, 2017 03:29 PM
Real or Plastic Grass at the Entrada?

Staff seems to be giving the GO AHEAD to use Plastic Grass in the Staff Report. Staff Report: http://tinyurl.com/StaffReport-ProGrass Appeal: http://tinyurl.com/PlasticGrass-Appeal Meeting Location: 735 Anacapa Email City Council: hschneider@santabarbaraca.gov, jdominguez@santabarbaraca.gov, ghart@santabarbaraca.gov, hwhite@santabarbaraca.gov, rrowse@santabarbaraca.gov, cmurillo@santabarbaraca.gov, fhotchkiss@santabarbaraca.gov

Flicka Nov 20, 2017 02:19 PM
Real or Plastic Grass at the Entrada?

Plastic is bad for the ground and environment. We live too much in a plastic world. Lets stay real and organic as much as possible.

a-1513129265 Nov 20, 2017 01:22 PM
Real or Plastic Grass at the Entrada?

It HAS to be real grass. I'm all for conservation. All the city needs to do is to permit one less apartment unit, one-bedroom condo, or a single hotel room. I'd rather see a dirt lot rather than plastic grass.

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