NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The Borough Council accepted the recommendation of the Capital Improvement Committee Monday nighty and voted to allocate up to $435,000 from its capital budget to fund much needed changes to Lincoln Field.
Councilman Jim Madden said the focus of the improvements will be a sodded field large enough to accommodate soccer, lacrosse and football matches. The field will be unencumbered from the skin of two baseball fields.
One baseball field will be moved in its entirety from the northwest corner, the other field will be slightly pivoted. Both fields will have 60-foot paths.
Madden said a major priority in designing the recreation area was the safety of players and fans, as well as pedestrian and traffic safety. Existing fences will be extended, parking on the north side of Elkwood Avenue will be prohibited, additional parking will be created adjacent to the Municipal Center and a pedestrian crosswalk installed.
New drainage and irrigation systems will be installed and an existing children’s playground will be moved to a safer location and greatly expanded.
Madden said the cost of the field improvements would be kept down by coupling certain aspects of the construction with other borough projects and making extensive use of county and state co-op purchasing agreements.
“We learned a lot from our experience at Hillview Field,” Madden said in reference to the recently completed and opened filed on Central Avenue.
Borough Engineer Andy Hipolit said that with the council’s approval of the recommended concept, the borough was now prepared to issue bid specs with a selection to be made in late July. Construction could be completed by late October or early November, he added.