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University of Windsor

University to cover campus in artificial turf

The University of Windsor announced plans today to replace all green spaces on its campus with artificial turf.

The new surface is expected to prevent wear and tear on lawns, making them available for use more often. As a bonus, the high-tech material can be dyed to match the colours in the university's new logo.

"We have been getting a lot of complaints about the mud-holes created when people cut across the lawns. I call them the cow paths," said Dennis Hastings, executive director of Facility Services. "But people also complained when I put up fences to help cut down that traffic. I can't imagine anyone will complain now."

The polypropylene monofilament fibres are made from recycled materials and do not require watering, fertilizing or pest control.

"It is a perfect fit with our environmental pinnacle," said president Ross Paul. "This project will be my legacy to future generations of scholars and students at the University of Windsor. It will be a source of great pride to me if decades from now, students recalling Ross Paul will think: Oh yeah, the artificial turf guy."

Before and after: the UWindsor campus will display its true colours once lawns and gardens are replaced with artificial turf dyed to match the new brand, as shown in the artist's concept at right.

Installation of the new turf surface is slated for completion a year from today—April 1, 2009.