Peters council may change ruling on spiked shoes

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After hearing from Peters Township School District cross country coaches and parents, Peters council members said Monday they may reverse course and allow athletes to wear metal spikes on the new $1.2 million athletic field in Peterswood Park.

Last month, council voted to ban metal spikes on the field, fearing that their use would void a warranty on the nearly $900,000 worth of artificial turf recently installed by United Civil Contracting and Developers of Ohio.

The field is used primarily by the township's youth soccer groups and lacrosse teams, which wear shoes with rubber spikes, but the school district's cross-country team has always used metal spikes. Ceramic spikes, coaches said, are more expensive and less reliable over rocks and rough terrain.

Team officials told council members that damage to the turf depended more on the length of the spike than the material they were made from.

Coaches suggested that metal spikes be permitted up to a length of three-eighths inches, and council directed township Manager Michael Silvestri to determine whether such a requirement would be feasible.

Coaches said they would ensure that athletes from other districts don't wear longer spikes on the field.

Runners can easily interchange spikes of various sizes and types on shoes.

Also Monday, council heard from township land use planner Grant Shiring, who provided an update on the new comprehensive plan.

Mr. Shiring said planners are in the research and analysis phase of the plan, gathering data about demographics, household spending and market conditions.

He said the township will host an open house from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Peters Township High School cafeteria to showcase the current findings and allow for public comment and ideas.

He said the township recently completed residential and business surveys that showed people were most concerned with traffic congestion, housing options and taxes.

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Janice Crompton: jcrompton@post-gazette.com or 412-851-1867.


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