Long Branch: News reports around the country have interviewed people who believe that crumb rubber made from shredded tires and used as fill between artificial turf, are not as safe as the companies that produce them say they are. And it is not certain whether more tests will be run to get a conclusive answer to this. In the meantime parents are increasingly concerned about their kids that are playing sports on these fields.
Manahassett Creek Park has 3 fields that have this turf. Fields 4, 5 and 6. On Tuesday, as the, summer- like weather sent temperatures close to 80 with abundant sunshine beating down on those fields, a distinct scent of melting rubber could be smelt. Some Long Branch residents commented and voiced concern about not only the fumes but the fact that the "bead bugs," end up in the street gutters and around drains when it rains and floods the fields. "Where do they end up," wondered one resident.
Kids from around the country that play on this type of field, have said they get the beads in their mouths, cuts and scrapes and stuck inside their shoes, clothing and gear.
Long Branch Schools also have some fields with artificial turf with the beads as well as Ocean Township High School's Football Field. Shore Regional says as of yet they do not.