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Somerset County Athletic Complex Earns State Recognition

The athletic fields at the Torpey Athletic Complex in Bridgewater have earned a statewide award for excellence. Credits: Courtesy Somerset County Park Commission

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Baseball Field at the Somerset County Park Commission Frank “Nap” Torpey Athletic Complex in Bridgewater is the recipient of the 2017 Sports Field Managers of New Jersey “Field of the Year” award.

The 2017 award complements the 2013 award for the softball field, and is the second time that the baseball field has earned the honor, having also been recognized in 2011. The award criteria is based on playability and appearance of the playing surface, maintenance procedures, and physical improvements.

The Torpey Complex consists of one lighted grass baseball field, one lighted grass softball field and a state-of-the-art synthetic turf multi-purpose athletic field with seating for 1,500 programmed for seasonal sports. All fields are available for rental for tournaments, league play, and practice.

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Additional amenities at the complex include a 10,000 square foot building that includes a climate-controlled press box; two team lockers rooms with bathrooms; large public restrooms; a concession area; and a staff support area and office.

“This award is a tribute to Athletic Field Specialist Dave Kuczynski and the Torpey staff,” said Pierce Frauenheim, deputy director/Maintenance for the Park Commission. “We are proud to provide a facility that is used virtually every day during peak seasons and even more proud of the fact that it is in the same great condition today and the day it opened.”

Kuczynski, former groundskeeper at TD Bank Ballpark, home of the Somerset Patriots, is also responsible for field preparation at the recently opened Mountain View Park in Hillsborough and North Branch Park in Bridgewater.

The SFMANJ is an organization committed to enhancing the professionalism of athletic field managers in New Jersey. Goals include improved safety, playability, and appearance of athletic fields at all levels.




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