The ordinance was first brought to the council’s attention in late May during talks about the Meadowdale Playfields project. After one meeting, Councilmember Ian Cotton requested the council review an ordinance banning the use of crumb rubber due to public concerns about its carcinogenic properties.
The Lynnwood City Council later approved the Meadowdale Playfields project using crumb rubber with a 4-2 vote. Councilmembers Shirley Sutton and George Hurst cast the dissenting votes. Cotton recused himself due to a conflict of interest in the project, as his firm is doing lighting design work for it.
Discussions about the Meadowdale Playfields project included multiple hours of public testimony. Though all those who spoke said they supported the project, many parents and residents near the playfields spoke about their concerns about how the material may affect those playing on it and wanted to see an alternate infill used instead of crumb rubber. There were also several community members who said the need for an all-weather field was high, and so supported the project using crumb rubber.
To read the full ordinance to be reviewed by the council on Monday, click here.