WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -  Mayor Paul Sarlo addressed the public at the Borough of Wood-Ridge Council meeting Wednesday evening concerning the plans for upgrading Donna Ricker Field at Wood-Ridge High School. The turf is being replaced, and other upgrades will be made at the field while the project is being done.

Sarlo noted that the field was last done in 2008, and “we have gotten just about everything from it.”  Sarlo noted that the high school uses the field for football and soccer games, and the recreation department uses the field for football in the fall as well, while the spring sees baseball and softball using the fields as well.  

He also noted that in 2008, the Board of Education and the Borough reached an agreement that transferred ownership of the field to the Borough.  As part of the beginning of the Wesmont project, Sarlo was able to have the developers make upgrades to the field, including adding the current artificial turf.

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He noted that with the borough also committing resources to the recreation complex down in Wesmont Station, he wanted to make sure that this project was taken care. A bond ordinance (2019-18) was passed later in the meeting, allowing the town to issue bonds up to $1,050,000 for the project.Sarlo also noted that through the NFL and Jets, the Borough would be receiving a $500,000 grant to help offset the costs of the project.

Additionally, two resolutions were passed concerning the project. Resolution 177-2019, which awarded the contract to Athletic Fields of America for the improvements, while 178-2019 awarded the contract to Neglia Engineering Associates for Coordination and Construction Management of the Donna Ricker Field Improvements passed the council unanimously.  

Sarlo stated he believed that with the upgrades at Ricker Field and the new, state of the art complex being built at Wesmont, that the Borough’s Athletic facilities were in good shape for the future.


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