MIDDLETOWN, NJ — Year round sports availability is about to become reality at Normandy Park in Middletown as the Middletown Township Committee unanimously approved a $5.15 million bond ordinance to install multi-use turf fields at Normandy Park and to convert a grass field at Nut Swamp School to synthetic turf. The project is expected to begin in Spring 2020.

According to a news release by the township, by repurposing Normandy Park, the Township can get maximum utilization for both the school and recreational community and provide them with the amenities they need. The goal is for the Township to be able to serve a variety of sports and age groups with fields, parking improvements and lighting within the same vicinity.

As youth sports such as soccer, lacrosse and field hockey grow and become multi-seasonal, so does the demand for field space. “Constant overuse of the fields has caused a severe degradation of our current grass facilities,” said Deputy Mayor Tony Fiore. “Adding more synthetic turf fields allows the Township to ensure that both our grass and synthetic turf are in the best possible playing conditions for our young athletes and participants.”

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The new turf fields will be striped for soccer, lacrosse, field hockey and baseball. The roller hockey rink and basketball and tennis courts will remain at Normandy Park.

“We are proud to be able to utilize dedicated Open Space Trust funds to help provide our young athletes with state-of-the-art facilities that they need and deserve,” said Mayor Tony Perry. “These turf fields are an investment in children’s future and will be used for decades with minimal upkeep.”