Artificial city

Carmel replaces grass with artificial turf at Midtown Plaza

With little chance of growing real grass, Carmel plans to install artificial turf next week in Midtown Plaza and along Elm Street just east of Monon Greenway, the city announced Friday.

The city has awarded the project to Clinton-based White Construction Inc., which is handling the excavation, and Louisville-based ForeverLawn, which will install the sod starting Monday.

The turf will cover approximately 2,835 square feet at Midtown Plaza and approximately 1,275 square feet along Elm Street.

The estimated cost of the project is $147,238, according to Dan McFeely, spokesman for the city of Carmel.

A city press release said attempts to grow natural grass in Midtown Plaza have failed since it opened in May 2019.

“The new turf, when installed, will have the appearance of natural grass, be cushioned for delicate joints, and will significantly reduce labor and maintenance costs compared to actual turf expenses,” the release reads. hurry.

Midtown Plaza, which cost $23 million to build, is located along the Monon Greenway in central Midtown, south of the Sun King Spirits Distillery and Food Hall.

The green square, which includes benches, tables and swings, is an interactive play area for children and adults.