NJ Green Acres Program Awards Kearny $870,000 for Construction of All-Season Soccer Field

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection Green Acres Program announced on March 31, 2009 that Kearny would be awarded $870,000 for the construction of an all-season soccer field at the Town's Harvey Field complex. The award consists of a $435,000 loan and a $435,000 matching grant. The new turf will allow for extended play and usage of the field. The project improvements also include new sidewalks, bleachers, lighting and signage.

According to Mayor Alberto G. Santos, the Town of Kearny's soccer fields endure rigorous use each season because of the popularity of soccer among Kearny boys and girls. Kearny has long been recognized as 'Soccer Town, USA.' It boasts various soccer program options run by autonomous youth soccer leagues as well as the Town's own recreation soccer program. "The participation level in Kearny's soccer programs continues to be very high. The installation of synthetic turf at Harvey's main field will significantly enlarge the practice and play time for the various soccer programs, meeting the growing needs of a very popular sport."

Public bidding for the project is scheduled for later this summer with work to be done after the conclusion of this year's soccer season.