I’ve followed the Edmonds School District’s proposed use of crumb rubber on Woodway fields under the Inter-Local Agreement (ILA). After listening to a consultant at a City Council study session, I have questions:
- Crumb rubber contains toxins. Does a child have to get sick before considering safety?
- Cancer is a concern. Is that gamble acceptable?
- Why does the District resist investigating alternatives?
While proponents cite safety reports, many parents are unconvinced.
Council Member Adrienne Fraley-Monillas was told by the District Superintendent that opposing crumb rubber will effectively terminate the District/City partnership. I find that a dangerous stance. Crumb rubber is unregulated and the jury is still out on safety.
This is not limited to Edmonds. Burien reversed course on crumb rubber in 2014 over safety concerns. Los Angeles chose not to install it for the same reason.
I applaud the Council’s caution. Our legislators should examine crumb rubber under the Children Safe Products Act. Meanwhile, if waiting is an ILA deal breaker, I would ask the City not to enter the agreement.
I urge the Council to work with the Verdant Health Commission on finding alternatives. Our children need safe fields. We owe them our due diligence.