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Melrose first to get new artificial turf

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A Memphis high school became the first in the Bluff City to roll out new artificial turf Wednesday.

Melrose is the first of twelve schools to get the carpet over the next three years, part of Memphis City School's revitalization plan to strengthen schools.

"The student athletes deserve nice and good things to play on," Memphis City Schools Athletic Director Smokey Gaines said.

School leaders say it's an expensive endeavor that will cost thousands of dollars, but the new turf will eventually be a big savings when it comes to maintenance and safety.

"It's going to give us better balance on the field and we can practice better in the rain," Melrose student Blarrington Ellis said. "There won't be a lot of mud puddles."

The improvements will help develop students' skills and passion on the field.

"If we can keep kids active and busy they score better in every area, get into less trouble and become better citizens," project manager Tim Cowan said.

"Melrose has been a winning team for a long time, so for us to have this turf on the field shows the body of our work," Ellis added.

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