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Inner-city artificial turf parks

Make an alternative to asphalt playgrounds for Inner-city youth to play on, like artificial field-turf football fields.

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Artificial turf is a surfacing material used to imitate grass. It is generally used in areas where grass cannot grow, or in areas where grass maintenance is impossible or undesired. Artificial turf is used mainly in sports stadiums and arenas, but can also be found on playgrounds and in other spaces.

Artificial turf has been manufactured since the early 1960s, and was originally produced by Chemstrand Company (later renamed Monsanto Textiles Company). It is produced using manufacturing processes similar to those used in the carpet industry. Since the 1960s, the product has been improved through new designs and better materials. The newest synthetic turf products have been chemically treated to be resistant to ultraviolet rays, and the materials have been improved to be more wear-resistant, less abrasive, and, for some applications, more similar to natural grass.

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Which Nike Grind materials will your idea utilize?

  • Rubber Outsoles
  • Rubber Flashings
  • Rubber Granulate
  • EVA Foam Injection Scraps
  • EVA Foam Flashings
  • EVA Foam Sheets & Blocks
  • EVA Foam Components
  • Laminated EVA Foam
  • Laminated PU Foam

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What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Research & Early Testing

Describe your target market. Who will benefit from your product?

inner city children, cities with more asphalt playgrounds than grass

How will you scale your idea? Please describe in detail your plan to scale your concept.

partner with city youth programs and community & neighborhood groups

How is your idea innovative?

There are plenty of asphalt playgrounds in the city, i have yet to see one that is covered in artificial turf.

What inspired this idea?

dirving in one morning I witnessed a child fall off a swing and get scraped knees (and a hole in his pants)

Tell us about yourself and your team. What is your background and experience?

I have no background or experience in this

In what city are you located?


In what country are you located?


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Photo of Mark Kazemzadeh

This could be great for so many applications: not just playgrounds for kids, but also rooftop walking areas for employees, or inside schools buildings to simulate the outdoors (great for rainy days or dangerous neighborhoods).

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Thanks Mark, that's a great idea as well and would help expand the potential markets.

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