Artificial Turf Field Project Begins in Rahway River Park

Surveyors in Rahway River Park said they were there to lay out the preliminary fencing for the artificial turf field projects. Credits: Susan Roselli Bonnell
A layer of top soil had been stripped from a portion of the existing grass field.  Credits: Susan Roselli Bonnell
Early signs of construction in the Rahway River Park Credits: Susan Roselli Bonnell

RAHWAY, NJ – Despite a large grassroots effort to stop construction of an artificial turf field in Rahway River Park, work in the park has begun. The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders awarded a $3.5 million contract to Applied Landscape Technologies of Montville for "construction of artificial turf and sports lighting at Rahway River Park" during its Dec. 17 meeting.

According to county Communication Director Sebastian D’Elia, work in the park began on Monday, Dec. 21.

On Wednesday, surveyors were in the park and said they were subcontractors charged with laying out the initial fencing for the project. Earth had been moved earlier and a large pile of topsoil was mounded at one end of the field.

Sign Up for E-News

The project is estimated to be completed in July 2016, D’Elia said.

As recently as Nov. 16, project opponents asked the Clark Township mayor and council to intercede to stop construction of the facility, which is a joint venture between Union County and the City of Rahway. The Coalition to Save Historic Rahway River Park garnered over 5,000 signatures on a petition, produced lawn signs that sprang up throughout Clark and Rahway, created a website and social media presence, and attended numerous meetings in a year-long effort to prevent the construction project. 

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Upcoming Events


Tue, July 17, 6:00 PM

Westfield Presbyterian Church, Westfield

Youth Mental Health First Aid

Education Health & Wellness


Wed, July 25, 9:00 AM

Durham School Services School Bus, Roselle

Hiring Event Open House Durham School Services ...

Business & Finance


Sat, July 28, 12:00 PM

Clark Recreation Center, Clark

Clark PD vs Clark FD BBQ Cook-Off

Food & Drink Police & Fire

Emma's Brick Oven to Host Your Favorite Pup

July 13, 2018

This Tuesday, July 17, Emma's Brick Oven will host your favorite pup at Kids Night Out! Kids can also enjoy face painting from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.   Come enjoy great food with  and make memories with the family.  .  

Geoffrey the Giraffe Moves In To New Brunswick Children's Hospital

July 11, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Over a stretch of nearly 70 years, Geoffrey the Giraffe at Toys R Us stores was the symbol of happy times for generations of children, and now he may provide those same feelings for children coming to a hospital.

"From this day forward, Geoffrey stands tall in our lobby to encourage our smallest patients to smile when they enter our facilities," said John ...

Ready to Pay College Tuition Bills?

So you've applied and been accepted and your child is heading off to college shortly.    Are you ready to pay the bill that is coming soon?  Take a listen to Chris Curran's video below as he gives suggestions of what you should be doing now so you are ready to pay the bill and don't forget to check out his book College Funding ...

Open Letter to Cranford Planning Board

July 9, 2018

Open Letter to Cranford Planning Board:

As you know, Hartz is scheduled to go before the Planning Board on July 18th.  Since last year, Hartz has postponed their meeting numerous times with no pushback that we can see whatsoever from the Planning Board.  

We are asking the Planning Board to direct the planning board attorney to send Hartz’s counsel a letter requiring that ...


Jun 29, 1927 - Apr 23, 2018
Margaret (Peggy) Kirk Leonard passed away Monday, April 23rd, surrounded by her loved ones. Peggy ...
Read more