Deputy Kotfila Memorial Dog Park Honors Memory of Fallen Officer

August 9, 2017 (North Canton, OH) – ForeverLawn, the leading synthetic turf company, is honored to be part of the development of a special dog park project honoring the memory of Deputy John Kotfila, Jr., a police officer who lost his life in the line of duty.

Deputy Kotfila was 30 years old when he used his police cruiser to stop a wrong way driver on the Selmon Expressway, an act that saved at least one life but cost him his own. When the city of Tampa learned of the relationship that Deputy Kotfila had with his dog Dexter, they decided to build a dog park under the expressway to honor his memory and to recognize his contributions to the city.

The Deputy Kotfila Memorial Dog Park, built under the Selmon expressway, opened earlier this year. The dog park was a joint effort from the Tampa Hillsboro Expressway Authority, the City of Tampa, the Tampa Police Department, the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, ForeverLawn of Tampa Bay, the Mark Tucker Foundation, and Lema Construction. With separate areas for small and large dogs, the park provides hills, concrete pillars, and a special antimicrobial synthetic grass made specifically for dogs. The expressway provides cover and shade, which results in a cooler place for dogs and their families to play.

The surface chosen for the dog park was K9Grass Classic by ForeverLawn, the only knitted product in the industry, which offers superior drainage and does not require infill like common synthetic grass.

The park is the fourth dog park in Tampa to choose the K9Grass product, due to the success it has seen over the past seven years of experience working with the product.

Deputy Kotfila Memorial Dog Park

The surface chosen for the dog park was K9Grass Classic by ForeverLawn, the only knitted product in the industry, which offers superior drainage and does not require infill like common synthetic grass. The park is the fourth dog park in Tampa to choose the K9Grass product, due to the success it has seen over the past seven years of experience working with the product.

“We are just really proud to be part of a project like this,” said Chris Powell, owner of ForeverLawn of Tampa Bay. “It means a lot to the Tampa community, and you can just see from the turnout here at the grand opening—the police organizations, the news organizations, the City of Tampa—everybody’s really proud of this specific park for all it means.”

About ForeverLawn

ForeverLawn provides innovative synthetic grass products to create better landscapes worldwide. In areas where real grass is difficult to grow or maintain—due to high traffic or poor conditions—ForeverLawn offers a realistic alternative that is beautiful, functional, and durable. In addition to its superior landscape line, DuPont™ ForeverLawn® Select Synthetic Grass, ForeverLawn also offers specialty products including K9Grass®, SportsGrass®, Playground Grass™, GolfGreens™, and SplashGrass™.

ForeverLawn—Grass without limits.

See our Featured Project about the Deputy Kotfila Memorial Dog Park.


US Colonel’s Companion to Receive a Patch of Grass from Home

August 9, 2017 (North Canton, OH) – ForeverLawn, the leading synthetic turf company, had the opportunity this month to show appreciation to an active duty US Military Colonel—and his dog— serving in Saudi Arabia. Buckeye the Pug, the beloved dog of Colonel Kelly S. Rosenberger, will soon receive his very own patch of K9Grass, the artificial grass designed specifically for dogs.

Colonel Rosenberger learned about K9Grass on Facebook, and contacted ForeverLawn Pacific Coast about getting grass for Buckeye the Pug. Rosenberger is an active duty officer who recently moved to Saudi Arabia with his wife, three cats, and Buckeye the Pug. “There is no grass here and it’s freaking the pug out,” said Rosenberger. “So I want to build him a pet relief area.”

Buckeye the Pug

Carter sitting on K9Grass with a message to the troops

Since K9Grass is designed specifically for dogs, it’s the perfect artificial grass to give Buckeye the Pug the grassy comforts of home that he wants, with added benefits such as antimicrobial agents built into the blades and superior drainage to help with waste removal. Unlike other synthetic grass products that require infill materials to support the blades and weigh the grass down, K9Grass provides a unique construction that does not require infill, which is the most effective method for dealing with pet waste.

“We are all so appreciative of what you and the rest of our military do for us that we felt it would be a small but nice gesture to send you a 5’ x 7’ piece of K9Grass at no charge to you,” replied Ken Karmie, K9Grass brand manager and owner of ForeverLawn Pacific Coast. “I speak for all of ForeverLawn when I say we value and respect what you do. Thank you for your service.”

Buckeye the Pug’s K9Grass is currently on its way to Saudi Arabia, and Colonel Rosenberger plans to send an update to ForeverLawn showing the pug enjoying his new patch of grass. Since K9Grass is Made in the USA, Buckeye the Pug can rest assured knowing that his new grass is truly a piece of home.

About ForeverLawn

ForeverLawn provides innovative synthetic grass products to create better landscapes worldwide. In areas where real grass is difficult to grow or maintain—due to high traffic or poor conditions—ForeverLawn offers a realistic alternative that is beautiful, functional, and durable. In addition to its superior landscape line, DuPont™ ForeverLawn® Select Synthetic Grass, ForeverLawn also offers specialty products including K9Grass®, SportsGrass®, Playground Grass™, GolfGreens™, and SplashGrass™.

ForeverLawn—Grass without limits. www.foreverlawn.com


Brooklyn Locals Demand K9Grass

Comparison of K9Grass by ForeverLawn with pea gravel used at park
Photo Credit: Stefano Giovannini
Link to Source: http://www.brooklynpaper.com/stories/39/42/dtg-bridge-park-dog-run-grass-2016-10-14-bk.html

Artificial grass is becoming more and more popular in urban areas where there’s not many grassy areas, especially for dogs. Apartment dwellers with dogs in large cities like New York City often find that there just aren’t many good places to take their dogs for play and potty time. Dog parks are a great option—if you can find a nice one near you.

K9Grass is known around the country as the superior surfacing solution for dogs, making it the #1 choice for dog parks and potty areas. An article in the Brooklyn Paper out of New York, New York brings up an issue that Brooklyn locals have identified, and the solution they are demanding is K9Grass by ForeverLawn.

One local in particular, Sandy Balboza, brought up the issue of the gravel surfacing at the Pier 6 dog run in Brooklyn Bridge Park. Sandy sits on the park’s volunteer Community Advisory Council and has a 5 year old poodle who she adores.

Sandy and many other locals are claiming that the gravel used at the park is painful on dogs’ paws, and can also harbor bacteria.

Their proposed solution? K9Grass. The main draws are the turf’s attention to safety and its soft, natural feel.

The article says, “Park honchos asked Balboza and 11 others to come up with a report last year suggesting a replacement surface, and Balboza has since collected 200 signatures supporting a special dog turf called K9Grass”.

To learn more, read the full article on Brooklyn Paper.


Pet Surfacing Expert Ken Karmie at the Pet Boarding and Daycare Expo West

Dogs running and playing on K9Grass by ForeverLawn

ForeverLawn has conducted extensive research in order to develop the high quality artificial grass products that we offer. We are always using the latest, cutting-edge technology and design materials to stay ahead of the curve.

One of the innovators behind it all is K9Grass brand manager Ken Karmie. Featured in PRWeb, Ken Karmie was named the “pet surfacing expert”.

Ken will be speaking at the upcoming Pet Boarding and Daycare Expo West on May 4-7 in Burbank, California, presenting a seminar called “Considering Artificial Grass—All You Need to Know”.

“The K9Grass solution has been ten years in the making. We’ve eliminated infill, reduced maintenance, added antimicrobial protection, and changed the construction from a urethane backing to a knitted backing—all important components. I will be explaining all of this in detail in my seminar, as well as showing how dog facility owners can increase their revenues by installing K9Grass,” says Ken.

At the Pet Boarding and Daycare Expo West, visitors will have the opportunity to experience K9Grass up close with the expert. Among the latest advancements of K9Grass is the patent-pending indoor flushing system that allows K9Grass to be installed indoors. This is a revolutionary advancement that will change the way pet boarding and doggy daycare facilities operate. Ken will be speaking on these new features and more at the upcoming expo. 

For more details, read the full article on PRWeb.


K9Grass Mentioned In Philadelphia Magazine

Schuylkill River Park Dog Run with K9Grass by ForeverLawn

Philadelphia Magazine published an article called “Pets: The Complete Guide to Philly’s Best Dog Parks” in which they named the ten greatest dog parks in Philadelphia. One dog park stands out above the others on the list—Schuylkill River Park Dog Run.

This park is described in the article as “the fanciest of all of Philly’s dog parks” because of its $14,000 drinking fountain, sections for both large and small dogs, and best of all the features, the K9Grass artificial turf surfacing.

ForeverLawn has aided in the transformation of so many dog parks and other types of pet facilities with K9Grass, and it seems Philadelphia has fallen in love with the transformation at Schuylkill River Park Dog Run.

K9Grass offers superior drainage that other types of surfacing materials like wood chips or concrete don’t.

Owners that bring their dogs to the park are thrilled about leaving with dry paws, as opposed to the muddy, wet paws that they are used to at other parks or at home.

Rather than trying to grow and maintain natural grass, a nearly impossible task with so many dogs running around, dog parks like this one are improving the appearance of community areas with lush and green K9Grass.

Not only are these areas more appealing to dogs, but their owners love the fresh smell, too!

To learn more about the best dog parks in Philadelphia, read the full article from Philadelphia Magazine.


The New and Improved K9Grass by ForeverLawn

Dog laying on K9Grass by ForeverLawn

At ForeverLawn, we’re not just ahead of the curve—we’re defining it! That means that we are always improving our technology and manufacturing processes to create the best artificial grass on the market.

K9Grass, the first-ever artificial grass designed specifically for dogs, was released in 2005 and has since been installed in pet resorts, boarding facilities, veterinary clinics, dog parks, residential yards, and more all around the country. With over three million square feet of K9Grass installed, there’s no doubting that it’s the best product out there for dogs. But there’s always room for improvement.

ForeverLawn has since released a new and improved version of K9Grass that features a re-engineered blade structure and color that not only increases durability, but adds a cooling effect to the turf.

“We are continuously involved in research and development to offer our valued clients the best solution possible. K9Grass is the only product of its kind for pet facilities. No other synthetic grass offers the drainage, cleanliness, or durability of K9Grass, and it is the only synthetic grass that can be used in an indoor pet environment,” says Ken Karmie, K9Grass brand manager.

Other key features of K9Grass that make the artificial turf the leading choice for boarding facilities and dog parks around the country are its cleanliness, drainage, and no-infill design. With AlphaSan® antimicrobial protection built into the blades, the turf stays fresh-smelling and safe for dogs. Our superior installation methods make the turf 100% drainable to eliminate liquid waste, adding to the overall freshness of the product.

To learn more about the superior features of K9Grass by ForeverLawn and the release of the new and improved K9Grass, read the full article on PR Web.


LA Dogworks Gets Brand New K9Grass

ForeverLawn and LA Dogworks have teamed up again to install the latest and greatest K9Grass in their indoor dog park.

LA Dogworks has been internationally recognized as one of the best dog care centers in the world, and have become known as innovators in the world of modern, state-of-the-art dog care. LA Dogworks features a 2,500 square foot park covered with the dirt free, ultra high tech, safe and antimicrobial K9Grass Classic.

K9Grass by ForeverLawn is the artificial grass designed specifically for dogs. Unique features such as a knitted flow-through backing, durable blades, antimicrobial protection, and a no-infill design, make K9Grass the ideal surfacing option for kennels, dog boarding and pet facilities, dog parks, and vet clinics, both indoors and out.

Read the full article here.

About ForeverLawn

ForeverLawn provides innovative synthetic grass products to create better landscapes worldwide. In areas where real grass is difficult to grow or maintain—due to high traffic or poor conditions—ForeverLawn offers a natural-looking alternative that is beautiful, functional, and durable.

In addition to its landscape lines, ForeverLawn also offers specialty products including SplashGrass, K9Grass, SportsGrass, Playground Grass, and GolfGreens. ForeverLawn—Grass without limits. foreverlawn.com.

K9Grass – The artificial grass designed specifically for dogs!


K9Grass on the Cover of Pet Boarding & Daycare Magazine!

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The March/April 2013 issue of Pet Boarding & Daycare Magazine is now out, and features K9Grass on the cover! The cover story, “Artificial Grass for Dogs” by Ken Karmie talks about the benefits of artificial grass as an outdoor surfacing for pet care facilities.

Read the full article here.

About ForeverLawn

ForeverLawn provides innovative synthetic grass products to create better landscapes worldwide. In areas where real grass is difficult to grow or maintain—due to high traffic or poor conditions—ForeverLawn offers a natural-looking alternative that is beautiful, functional, and durable. In addition to its landscape lines, ForeverLawn also offers specialty products including SplashGrass, K9Grass, SportsGrass, Playground Grass, and GolfGreens. ForeverLawn—Grass without limits. foreverlawn.com.

K9Grass – The artificial grass designed specifically for dogs!


Hattie’s Doggie Day Care & Boarding Wins 2012 STC Field of Dreams award!

November 19, 2012 (Albuquerque, NM) – ForeverLawn congratulates Hattie Larlham Doggie Day Care & Boarding on winning a 2012 STC Field of Dreams award! We are proud that K9Grass by ForeverLawn has made a difference, and that we had the opportunity to help the Hattie Larlham organization continue their great work serving people with disabilities.

Hattie Larlham Doggie Day Care & Boarding in North Canton, Ohio, is not your average kennel. This field of dreams is a home away from home for dogs that features a unique artificial grass designed specifically for dogs; but it is much more than that. Hattie Larlham Doggie Day Care & Boarding is a place where adults with developmental disabilities can pursue a career in animal care and share their love for animals in a safe, nurturing environment. Job coaches work with the employees with developmental disabilities to teach them to care for the dogs. The employees gain self-confidence and improve their social and communication skills through their jobs duties.

Hattie Larlham Doggie Day Care & Boarding prides itself on providing individualized attention to each dog. The cage-free pet boarding operation also generates vital revenue for the non-profit organization that provides care to 1,500 children and adults with developmental disabilities in the area. Hattie Larlham’s services not only benefit the people the organization serves, but also their families, loved ones and communities.

The facility has 22 rooms for the dogs to stay in, three air-conditioned play areas inside and two outdoor play areas featuring our K9Grass . In the past the facility utilized a variety of surfaces such as black top, natural grass, and pea gravel in the outdoor pet areas, but these all had drawbacks due to the particular challenges of high-traffic dog areas.

When Rick Parson, regional director of Hattie Larlham Doggie Day Care & Boarding, learned of K9Grass, it was something he knew would offer countless benefits to his facility. Being a non-profit organization that barely broke even, Hattie Larlham did not have a budget for K9Grass. Parson saw that the added cleanliness offered by K9Grass would be a big plus to his customers, and would also provide more sanitary conditions for his workers. The soft surface was more comfortable for the dogs and the caregivers to sit, roll, and play on than any of the hard surfaces they had used in the past, and in a facility like his where pets and people have such close contact, this was an important consideration. To help support this worthy community resource, we donated a large portion of the project to accommodate the facility’s limited budget.

“We now have 40 individuals with disabilities employed at the facility, and have been able to provide 40,000 hours of fair wages for these great people,” said Parson.

“The only way we can continue to provide these services is by increasing our revenue, and it’s a struggle just to break even. Thanks to this donation, our facility is better, cleaner, neater, and our customers love it. Today we have 30 dogs in the facility living in harmony and hanging out with the individuals. K9Grass has really changed our lives.”

According to Parson, what makes the facility truly unique and different from other kennels is the contact the pets have with the people who care for them. It’s a win-win situation for both the caregivers and the pets, and also provides peace of mind to pet parents looking for a safe, loving place for their pets when they are traveling or need a helping hand. “It makes people feel good to know that they are helping others in their community who need it, and that their pets are also benefiting,” said Parson.

This mission of caring for people with developmental disabilities began when founder Hattie Lena Gadd Larlham took a neighbor’s child who was born with inoperable hydrocephalus into her home to provide care. Word spread about what she was doing, and the demand for care led her to take more children into her home. Before long, she had a waiting list of 100 children, leading her to form the Hattie Larlham Foundation.

Today, the organization provides residential care to 130 children and young adults at the Hattie Larlham Center for Children with Disabilities in Mantua, Ohio, and to adults at community-based homes located throughout Ohio.

Hattie Larlham Doggie Day Care & Boarding has been recognized for its work by a variety of sources. In 2010, the facility won the award for best pet boarding in the Akron-Canton Fox 8 Hotlist. Additionally, Hattie Larlham Doggie Day Care & Boarding was singled out as the winner in the pet boarding category in the 2010 Beacon’s Best awards voted on by the readers of the Akron Beacon Journal.

About ForeverLawn

ForeverLawn provides innovative synthetic grass products to create better landscapes worldwide. In areas where real grass is difficult to grow or maintain—due to high traffic or poor conditions—ForeverLawn offers a natural-looking alternative that is beautiful, functional, and durable. In addition to its landscape lines, ForeverLawn also offers specialty products including SplashGrass, K9Grass, SportsGrass, Playground Grass, and GolfGreens. ForeverLawn—Grass without limits. www.foreverlawn.com.

K9Grass – The artificial grass designed specifically for dogs!


ForeverLawn Rolls Out K9Grass at the 22nd Annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade

October 17, 2012 (New York, NY) – Tompkins Square Park, a vibrant park in the heart of the East Village, will host the twenty-second annual Tompkins Square Halloween Dog Parade on Saturday, October 20, from Noon to 3:00 p.m. Home to the first dog park that the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation ever built, Tompkins Square Park currently contains the largest dog run in New York City. The dog park runs entirely on community donations for its upkeep and financial support, which is made possible by Friends of First Run, a 501(c)(3) organization designated by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation for the support of Tompkins Square dog run. This year, in addition to the creative canine costumes, fun, and prizes, the event will give New Yorkers the chance to see, touch, and experience an exciting pet surfacing product that offers significant benefits to dogs and their pet parents: K9Grass by ForeverLawn. Participants and spectators will have the opportunity to walk and play on K9Grass with their dogs in the judging circle, where the grass will be on display.

K9Grass is an artificial grass designed specifically for dogs by ForeverLawn, the leading synthetic grass company. ForeverLawn developed the specifically-engineered grass to solve the many problems that dog use brings to common pet surfaces such as natural grass and gravel, and it has been performing exceptionally well in parks, dog boarding facilities, veterinary clinics, and backyards nationwide for many years. “Dogs need a clean, safe place to exercise and play, especially in the city where most people don’t have yards,” said Susan Alexander, owner of ForeverLawn Metro. “Tompkins Square Dog Run was recently upgraded to a gravel surface for improved drainage, which is so important in an area where liquid waste exists. K9Grass provides the same drainage benefits as gravel, but offers many more valuable benefits to the park. The green K9Grass surface beautifies the park, provides a soft, cushioned surface for dogs’ paws and joints, keeps dogs cleaner by eliminating the dust and dirt found in gravel surfaces, reduces costly and time-consuming maintenance, and stays even and consistent since it is not prone to holes from digging or displacement of gravel. It is performs well in all types of weather, so it won’t turn to mud when it rains.”

K9Grass by ForeverLawn provides a safe, durable, attractive solution for dog park developers that allows the parks to stay open year-round, in all types of weather. Several key features are responsible for the durability and weather resistance of K9Grass that address drainage, waste management, and cleanliness. These features offer superior alternatives to other surfacing options such as natural grass, concrete, or gravel. Unlike these common park surfaces, K9Grass can be installed both indoors and out.

Immediate and effective drainage is critical in areas where many dogs are depositing liquid waste. K9Grass offers an exclusive knitted flow-through backing for immediate drainage. This unique backing allows liquid waste, as well as rain, to drain through effectively, maximizing cleanliness and resistance to weather.

Managing solid dog waste effectively is also key to keeping a dog park clean, sanitary, and inviting for park users. K9Grass has been specifically engineered with a short, dense blade structure that simplifies the identification and removal of solid waste. K9Grass also provides an infill-free system to avoid trapping waste in the grass. Most artificial grass products require infill material such as sand or rubber to support the blades, which may lead to odor and unsanitary conditions. Not K9Grass. The dog-focused design of K9Grass greatly improves the cleanliness of the park. For added protection, K9Grass provides antimicrobial agents built into the blades.

Many dog parks across the country are choosing K9Grass for its weather resistance, cleanliness, durability, and beauty, including Central Park Dog Park in Fremont, Calif., the largest dog park in the country. “We did extensive research into the best surface for the Central Park Dog Park, including site visits to other dog parks in the Bay Area, to see how other synthetic turf products were performing,” said associate landscape architect Mark Mennucci. “We wanted to avoid muddy, unsanitary conditions, improve permeability, reduce heavy odors, and maximize the time that the park would be open to the community. We felt K9Grass allowed us to meet our goals, and cut down on costly maintenance. We have received excellent feedback from park users about the K9Grass.”

The City of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Department chose KGrass for their Schuylkill River Park Dog Run late last year, after their Design Concept Team found it to be “the best and safest surface available.”

Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa, Fla., is considered the crown jewel of the city’s urban parks. The dog park features K9Grass, which integrates perfectly with the riverwalk, the Glazer Children’s Museum, the Tampa Museum of Art and downtown, giving dogs a safe, green place to exercise and play. Get details about these and other dog parks utilizing K9Grass.

While more and more dog park developers are choosing K9Grass for their projects, the product is also available for veterinary facilities, backyard dog runs, dog boarding facilities, and even indoor dog facilities. The K9Grass patent-pending indoor flushing system provides an effective way to create an indoor area for dogs with soft, attractive K9Grass. ForeverLawn also offers unique portable in-home solutions to urban pet parents who don’t have grass for their pets, including their popular K9Grass Mats and K9 Potties. For more information about K9Grass, visit k9grass.com or call Susan Alexander of ForeverLawn Metro at 646.719.2000. The ForeverLawn Metro offices are located at 77 Water Street, 8th Floor, New York, NY 10005.

About ForeverLawn

ForeverLawn provides innovative synthetic grass products to create better landscapes worldwide. In areas where real grass is difficult to grow or maintain—due to high traffic or poor conditions—ForeverLawn offers a natural-looking alternative that is beautiful, functional, and durable. In addition to its landscape lines, which include the premium DuPont™ ForeverLawn® Select Synthetic Grass products, ForeverLawn also offers specialty products including SplashGrass, K9Grass, SportsGrass, Playground Grass, and GolfGreens. ForeverLawn—Grass without limits. http://www.foreverlawn.com.