Help Us Name Our Turf Tank!

Turf Tank

Help us name our mechanical maintenance team member! The Turf Tank is a GPS-enabled painting robot that has been striping athletic field lines across Grand Rapids since 2021. While the Turf Tank paints, our maintenance team's time is freed to perform other important tasks in parks.

Contest Details

March 4 - 15

Submit your entries in the form below to be considered for public vote. They can be silly, but must be family friendly to be considered.

March 18 - 22

Our favorite 10 names will be put to a vote. Check back on this page to vote!

Turf Tank FAQs

Is the Turf Tank replacing a human worker?

No. In fact, we're hiring more maintenance staff members this year than in past years.

How will the Turf Tank benefit the parks system?

Painting athletic fields across the city can be a time consuming process. The Turf Tank paints lines more precisely and in less time. While the Turf Tank autonomously paints lines, our staff can simultaneously perform other tasks like removing litter and cleaning restrooms. This will raise the level of service in our parks, allow us to get more done, and keep public spaces clean and vibrant.

It's estimated that the Turf Tank will save the department approximately $5,000 in annual labor and material costs. 

How does the Turf Tank work?

The Turf Tank is GPS-enabled. Unique athletic field dimensions and line patterns are created on an app linked to the robot. We set the Turf Tank on the field, select the pattern and the Turf Tank does the rest!