MIDDLETOWN, NJ:  A global pandemic can't stop Middletown Township from providing top-notch sports and recreation amenities for the community's children. The Township broke ground on the Normandy Park Improvements project on Wednesday, July 15th. The project includes installing four youth-size synthetic turf playing fields at Normandy Park and also replaces the existing grass field at the Nut Swamp Elementary School, with a synthetic turf playing field.

The new fields at Normandy Park will be striped for lacrosse, field hockey and baseball, and the Nut Swamp Elementary field will be lined to accommodate a full-size soccer field and three youth-size soccer fields. All the new field activity will require additional parking needs. The plan includes expanding the parking lot at Normandy Park, and upgraded lighting will be installed. 

Middletown Township Mayor Tony Perry commented to TAPinto, "The Township Committee and I are very excited to begin work on the Normandy Park Improvement project. It’s so important for the Township to continue to invest in our parks and youth athletics. Despite COVID-19 we are not slowing down any of the projects we started earlier this year, and we look forward to unveiling a much improved Normandy Park. "

Normandy Park will be closed during construction, however the basketball and tennis courts will remain. Next phase plans could possibly be improvements to the roller hockey rink. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.