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Clover Hill Park Eyed for Sports Complex, Artificial Turf

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Clover Hill Park is a public park that is privately managed by Greater Flemington Soccer Club. Credits: Curtis Leeds / TAPinto Flemington file photo
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RARITAN TWP., NJ -  A group appointed last year by the Township Committee will present its plans for a 115-acre sports complex that would be built off Clover Hill Road here.

The presentation will be held at Committee’s regular meeting on Tuesday. That begins at 7 p.m. in the Municipal Building off Route 523.

The ad hoc recreation committee includes representatives from area youth sports organizations including Greater Flemington Soccer Club, Devils Lacrosse, Flemington-Raritan Baseball and Flemington Falcons. The groups claim to serve more than 3,000 children, according to a report filed with township officials.

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The report states that each group developed a “wish-list” and began by considering township- and county-owned properties.

Among the group’s “core principles” are multi-use/multi-purpose fields and artificial turf “to mitigate against weather-related cancellations.”

Their proposal also calls for lighted fields “to provide increased flexibility in scheduling” and “other amenities.”

The group wants to build the complex in Clover Hill Park, which is adjacent to property now managed under a lease granted by the township to Greater Flemington Soccer Club. The group’s plans include building soccer, lacrosse, baseball, softball and football fields; basketball and tennis courts; playgrounds; and concession stands.

Clover Hill Park is owned by the county. It offers mountain biking, cross-country skiing, fishing, hiking and horse trails and hunting. It is adjacent to the 437-acre South Branch Watershed Management Area.

In addition to Township Committee approval, county approval would also be required before anything could be built in the park.

 

 

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