Las Vegas, NV — As local municipalities, city and state governments look for cost-effective ways to go "green" and save money, SYNLawn artificial grass continues to emerge at the forefront of the conservation push. Officials of South Las Vegas city, Henderson, NV looked to SYNLawn to replace several of Henderson’s parks and playground areas, converting them from hot rubber surfaces to a cooler, safe and more durable surface with SYNLawn’s artificial grass playground products.
So far, two parks in the area (Whitney Ranch and Black Mountain) have been converted from the rubber surface to SYNLawn with a 3rd (Sun Ridge Park) scheduled to be completed this month.
Rusty Ferdinand, Parks and Facilities Coordinator says the rubberized material previously used in the Henderson city parks would split, crack, peel and fade in the extreme heat within a 5 year period. Replacing the old material with new rubber can be quite expensive, on average costing approximately $40,000 to $50,000 per playground. In comparison, SYNLawn’s turf is cheaper, lasts longer, and is backed up with a manufacturer warranty ranging from 7 to 12 years depending on the product.
Adding to the value of converting to SYNLawn, many local authorities are offering residents who make the switch enticing rebates to help with the initial cost. For example the Southern Nevada Water Authority (www.snwa.org) offers residents $1.50 for the first 5,000 square feet converted, $1 for every square foot beyond that, per property, per year. The water authority estimates that 65 percent of the Las Vegas southern valley’s water use is residential, of which 75 percent is outdoor use, thereby drought restrictions were passed including turf limits prohibiting new grass in front lawns, and limited new grass use in side and backyards not to exceed 50 percent, or 100 square feet.
"The water authority really tries to get people to use as little water as possible," says Liz Mullany of SYNLawn Las Vegas "Plus, it’s the only home improvement project that people get paid to do. People can do this great home improvement and save on their utility bill."