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Chatham Cougar Field Still Closed, But Project is Moving Forward

The new scoreboard at Cougar Field, courtesy of the Chatham High Athletic Boosters, is up Credits: TAP Chatham
The new snack shack is being shifted to a new position at Cougar Field Credits: TAP Chatham
A few finishing touches are being done on the new bleachers at Cougar Field Credits: TAP Chatham
The new press box at Cougar Field is ready for Cougar Weekend Credits: TAP Chatham
The three-quarter mile cinder walking/jogging path will run along the perimeter of the practice fields next to Cougar Field Credits: TAP Chatham

CHATHAM, NJ - Scott Sibbald of Catcord Construction doesn't want Chatham residents thinking that Cougar Field is now open for business because he still has a long "to do" list. But he did say it is "progressing" when he was asked where everything on the $1.5 million capital improvement project stood on Monday.

The new bleachers and press box are up; the new scoreboard funded by the Chatham High Athletic Boosters is in place; the foundation of the new snack shack is built and the three-quarter mile cinder walking/jogging path is nearly done.

"All of this construction leads to very different facilities than we've had," Chatham Superintendent Dr. Michael LaSusa said. "The scoreboard looks terrific, which the boosters provided for us, the press box is coming along. The walking path is not done, the concessions are not done, the fencing is not done. All the macadam is gong to be replaced and the parking lot is going to be reconfigured."

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Materials for the new snack shack, which has been shifted away from the entrance to Cougar Field, are expected to be delivered soon. The cinder path that runs along the perimeter of the practice fields next to Cougar Field still needs some tweaking.

New telephone poles with reflectors are yet to be placed in the parking lot. There will also be a new black fence that will surround the entire field.

The Chatham football team, which has been practicing behind the high school, is expected to move to the practice field next to Cougar this week.

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