April 23, 2014 at 9:10 AM
SUMMIT, NJ - Work has begun on the Glenside Sports Complex which will add 55 new parking spaces next to the soccer fields.
Citizen feedback that parking was inadequate, creating a potentially unsafe environment during busy soccer and other sporting events -- especially on weekends -- was the catalyst for the improvements. Glenside is Union County facility, and a host of City staff and elected officials worked with County officials to develop the solution.
"This is a result of a solid effort on both the City and the County," said Dr. Robert Rubino, President of the Summit Common Council. "Within a month's time, we were able to go from an idea to implementation of the project. Hopefully, this is evidence that our outreach to the freeholders and the professional staff at the County is starting to bear fruit."
Rubino credited Summit Police Chief Robert Weck, Union County Deputy Manager Bill Reyes, and Ron Zuber, Union County Director of Parks and Recreation, for their efforts. Paul Cascais, Summit Superintendent of Public Works, has also been integrally involved in the process.
According to Summit City Administrator Christopher Cotter, “There was a concerted effort by elected officials, City and County staff, to address the critical need for additional parking at Glenside Field." Cotter added, "The lack of sufficient parking became a safety concern during sporting events when cars were being parked on Glenside Avenue, an extremely busy County road. A solution is underway today with a plan to add 55 much needed spaces in time for spring use.”