First Look: Mayor Reina Announces Completion of Turf Field Replacement at Field of Dreams

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JACKSON TOWNSHIP, NJ – It’s a multi-purpose youth sports facility located adjacent to the Lucy N. Holman Elementary School and today, it’s truly a Field of Dreams.

Mayor Michael Reina today said work has been completed on the field used by the Jackson AYF football and cheer teams, Jackson Lacrosse, and both high schools.

“It’s an exciting time for our town’s youth sports programs as we have invested into their future and the future of the children who play on them,” Reina said. “We allocated $2.9 million for improvements at the Holman Complex and Justice Complex, and we’re just getting started.”

In addition to the turf fields at the two complexes, Reina said the Bartley Road softball fields will soon be receiving lights so the girls in the softball program at Holbrook Little League can play night games.

“This work should begin soon,” Reina said. “All of the equipment has been ordered.”

Reina said he has been in constant contact with sports leagues in town for years and the project is a culmination of all of the work done by his administration and volunteers from the leagues to create a concise plan on how to move forward to continue to provide quality athletic facilities to township children and families.

“We’re on budget and on schedule with all major improvements being made at our sports complexes,” said Jackson Township Mayor Michael Reina. “The new turf field is already installed at the Holman Complex and we’re making great progress. It’s an exciting time for Jackson Township and for all our residents who will enjoy these upgraded facilities for years to come.”

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Earlier this year, Reina and the township awarded two separate contracts, totaling $2,898,413, to complete these major upgrades and improvements.

The first contract, in the amount of $2,055,913, was awarded to Shaw Sports Turf of Calhoun, GA. To identify and secure well-qualified turf vendors, the township worked through a state co-op, available to New Jersey municipalities, counties and schools, which consists of state-vetted and state-approved suppliers. The second contract for associated site work, in the amount of $842,500, was awarded to LandTek Group, Inc. of Bay Shore, New York. The solicitation and bidding process was managed by T&M Associates, the township’s engineering firm of record.

As site work and synthetic turf installation continue at the sports complexes, the township asks that all residents avoid these work areas throughout the duration of construction.