Pasadena — Editor's note: Pasadena ISD initially said the Astroturf came from the Astrodome but that was incorrect. It was only stored there.
PASADENA, Texas - Artificial turf from NRG Stadium now has a new home at a Pasadena Independent School District elementary school.
Two rolls of AstroTurf were installed on a school playground.
It’s a new addition to the Freeman Elementary School playground principal Mike Van Loenen is proud to show off.
Van Loenen spotted the rolls of turf in a video of the dome’s ‘Domecoming’ event in April.
He felt it could help fix an area outside the school under two big trees.
“We have been talking about ways we could get this area covered,” Van Loenen said. “Purchasing turf was very expensive and I came back to my campus and I talked with my assistant principal about it and she said 'What’s the worst they could say is ‘No?’”
He reached out to Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and Precinct 2 Commissioner Jack Morman who immediately offered to donate the AstroTurf.
Van Loenen said, “You know I said, ‘Hey, it’s a 4,000 square foot space. However much you should give us we’ll make do with. We’ll just appreciate what we get.’ He emailed me right away and he said, ‘How about 6,000 square feet.’”
Freeman Elementary will recognize everyone who helped make this place a little better for students including maintenance crews next month.