Kimbell Park reopening with new turf, batting cages

Kimbell Park will be the fifth in The City to reopen with a new synthetic turf playing field when park officials have a free barbecue for its debut Sept. 19.

 Crocker Amazon, Franklin Square, South Sunset and Silver Terrace have already had their controversial makeovers through a $50 million Recreation and Park Department project; half the tab was picked up by nonprofit the City Fields Foundation.

The synthetic turf however has stirred major debate because it increases playtime and saves water but could also pose other health risks that real grass would not with time.

After Kimbell reopens at least two remain: Mission Playground and the mother of all the projects, the Beach Chalet soccer fields.

And while Mission Playground is on track for its renovation, there’s no telling what will happen with the soccer fields at Beach Chalet.

The barbecue for Kimbell is at high noon, and City Fields Foundation took the liberty of pointing out perhaps one of the most important details; it will have free batting cages.

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