I am glad to see the MDJ's stance on the City of Marietta's proposal to Astroturf Glover Park. In a constantly "growing green" society, I think this would be a drastic step backward to remove grass for something artificial. Though the grass requires care and attention, it, by far, is more aesthetically and environmentally appealing. Aside from concerts, the general public seems to be respectful of the grass and limit their foot traffic to the walks. I think tree and plant experts would agree grass is far more compatible with the trees than artificial grass.
As the courts ruled in 1969, the Glover family no longer has property rights to reclaim the park if the city violates its original deed, which was never their intent, but the descendants of Mayor John Heyward Glover, Jr. are very proud of what Marietta has done with one of its greatest assets. The city does a magnificent job of maintaining the park and I hope they will rethink this proposal.