CARTERET — Upgrades to Carteret’s Sullivan Field should be complete by the end of March, according to Mayor Daniel Reiman and the borough council.
“This is a town that relies heavily on its open space and recreation,” Reiman said, “both for passive and active recreation. Our sports fields in particular are utilized heavily by our numerous athletic leagues with participants of all ages. Sullivan Field had undergone the wear and tear that could be expected. We’re pleased to unveil this restoration to the community, along with upgrades that will ensure a longer lifespan and more enjoyable usability for our athletes.”
Officials broke ground on the project in October. Last year, the county authorized a $500,000 grant from the Middlesex County Open Space Trust Fund to facilitate the reconstruction of Carteret’s Sullivan Field baseball facilities.
Carteret Park, which hosts Sullivan Field, is the largest of ten municipal parks. Located adjacent to Carteret Middle School, Carteret Park plays home to a variety of athletic facilities including “Tomczuk Courts,” which underwent a $450,000 reconstruction last year, as well as Sullivan Field and Leniart Field.
Sullivan Field is used extensively throughout the year by a number of athletic organizations according to town officials, including the Carteret High School varsity and junior varsity teams, the Babe Ruth League, and adult softball leagues.
Reconstruction will include an upgrade to artificial turf as well as a new backstop, fencing, benches, and amenities. Reiman has also stated that provisions have been made for multi-purpose features including striping for a football/soccer field. The total cost for the project has been estimated at $1 million.
“Athletics can be the ticket to higher education for many of our youngsters,” Councilman and Parks Commissioner Vinny Bellino added. “Having sports facilities that complement our level of usage is a necessity, so we are more than grateful for the recognition and support of our grant providers.”
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