ROSELLE, NJ – After four and half years, of planning, Roselle Public Schools hosted the official groundbreaking ceremony of the Arminio Athletic Field.
The groundbreaking initiated construction of the new football, track and field facility. The facility will feature a weight room, lockers, bathrooms, as well as a meeting space. Other amenities will include a concession area and a “Walk of Fame”— a special space of recognition of former Roselle Ram football players.
“Today we gather for this joyous groundbreaking ceremony marking the construction of our new football field and track,” said Andrea Staten, councilwoman of the third ward and mistress of ceremonies for the afternoon. “Today is not only a big day for us but more importantly for our students, who will reap the benefits of this amazing new complex.”
The ceremony took place on the current football field, which stood outdated and with holes in the grass. Many in attendance questioned how the Roselle Rams could win as many times as they have on that field.
“I do not know quite frankly, [just] walking across this field, how the coaches and the athletes did as well as they did,” said Mayor Christine Dansereau.
This project has been a goal of not only the council and school board, but also the community. Many shared personal reasons for attending and even remembered their days on the field.
“My own children played on this field,” said Council President, Kim Shaw. “My daughter was a high school cheerleader, my son played football for the Rams and so I have been out here Sunday, Saturday week after week; for years. This is something we wanted for our kids for a long time.”
The current field holds memories and records that members in the community will not forget. It is where Roselle became a family.
“Roselle is where champions are made; we are Ram tough and Ram ready,” said Staten.
Before the shovels went into the ground there was a special recognition to Valerie Hurling Hall who is a resident of Roselle. She sold her house for needed space in the recreation project.
“Ms. Hurling Hall owns the house right behind the field, and trust me this project would not be possible if Ms. Valerie Hurling Hall did not allow us to buy her home,” said Assemblyman, Jamel Holley.
Assemblyman Holley has also procured 1.2 million dollars from the State of New Jersey to assist in the recreation of the new complex.
The ceremony concluded with the shovels being dug into the ground while the athletes, current and past, gathered around.
“I cannot wait to see what this new field looks like and the results it’s going to help us achieve,” said Roselle Schools, Interim Superintendent, Dr. Richard Corbett.