Work has begun on the Gunnell Oval Municipal Sports and Recreational Complex reconstruction project. On January 8, 2019, Mayor Alberto G. Santos and the Town Council passed Resolution 2019-56 which awarded a contract to Tomco Construction Inc. of Mt. Arlington, New Jersey in the amount of $23,666,666.00 for the project.
The primary objective of the project is the reconstruction of the Gunnell Oval as a modern artificial turf sports complex. The project also includes new storm water management controls that minimize the impact of frequent flooding at the complex and surrounding neighborhoods due to the influence of the Kearny Marsh. Also included are the construction of two field house buildings, a playground, volleyball court, outdoor fitness area, tennis courts, parking lots and sidewalks. Existing skate and basketball areas are to be maintained.
Upgrades and improvements were financed by funding from the Department of Environmental Protection Green Acres program and by the New Jersey Water Bank (NJWB). The NJWB is a State Revolving Fund program jointly administered by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) and the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust (Trust) and uses a combination of funds provided by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, the DEP, and the Trust to provide very low interest loans to borrowers for environmental infrastructure projects. Upgrades were also financed by funding from the Hudson County Open Space Trust Fund and New Jersey Green Acres Program.
The proposed stormwater management controls include the direct collection of runoff through the artificial turf underdrain system, establishing on-site detention systems, the construction of two water quality devices in compliance with NJDEP regulations, and improved discharge capabilities through the construction of a new stormwater outfall.
The Town’s progress underscores Kearny’s commitment to this project, which entailed several years of planning and design with the stated goal of a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose recreational facility that meets the needs and interests of residents. The planning phase of the project included several public meetings at which Mayor Santos and the Town Council received public comments on proposed designs and features.
This story will be updated periodically with new videos depicting construction progress at the site.