On March 8, 2016 at 5:30 p.m., Mayor Alberto G. Santos and the Town Council will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly renovated Veteran’s Memorial Field Sports Facility.
Planning of the Veteran’s Memorial Field improvements began over one year ago when the Town identified significant recreational programming demands that would not be met for an extended period of time during construction of proposed, extensive renovations to the Gunnel Oval Recreational Complex redevelopment. As a result, the Town made the decision that renovating Veteran’s Memorial Field to increase field availability would be done first so that the demands of Kearny’s Recreation programs would be met when the Gunnel Oval is closed for renovations, which is now expected to take place in 2017.
The previous configuration of Veteran’s Memorial Field included one (1) dedicated Little League field, one (1) softball field, and one (1) football field which overlays the softball infield. The completed renovations increase field availability to two (2) Little League fields with 50’/70’ field overlay flexibility, one (1) softball field, and one (1) mixed-use football and lacrosse field which overlays both the softball and 2nd Little League field.
The construction contract was awarded at the July 14, 2015 Mayor and Town Council Meeting to Applied Landscape Technologies in the amount of $1,552,500.00. The Town funded this project through the Hudson County Open Space Trust Fund, the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, and a municipal bond ordinance. The project’s construction schedule was tightly monitored, beginning with a ground breaking at the beginning of August through completion of most construction items by the end November. The project was completed ahead of schedule and within budget. The timely completion of the renovations ensures that the Town is able to accommodate the Spring schedules of its recreational programs which include baseball, softball, football and lacrosse.
Mayor Santos explained, “Veteran’s Memorial Field was in need of updates and improvements. This project has been in the planning stage for several years and I’m extremely pleased that we are finally able to reopen the entire facility, in time for Spring. I’m sure that the athletes and their families who spend so many hours here will appreciate and enjoy the new facilities