MIDDLETOWN, NJ: At their June 15th regular meeting, the Middletown Township Committee voted to proceed with the addition of synthetic turf athletic fields at Normandy Park, which will form the Normandy Park Soccer Complex upon completion. The project was contracted to Grade construction at a cost of $2.76 million, according to the meeting agenda. Deputy Mayor Anthony Fiore said that successful budgeting has given the township the opportunity to invest back into the community.
“One of the things I have been staunch on is our youth,” said Fiore. Committee members noted that the turf can be used for multiple sports, including soccer and lacrosse. Artificial turf is ideal for the new athletic fields because it can save taxpayers the maintenance costs associated with grass, which is easily torn up, according to the committee.
Other items covered by the meeting included a township budget amendment to accommodate reductions in revenue due to COVID-19, as well as the approval of the Riverview Medical Center Foundation fireworks display, which has been given a tentative date of Friday, July 3.
During the meeting, township residents also voiced their concerns over gatherings that have been occurring inside Swimming River Park over the last several weeks. Residents who live along Dow Avenue and Meadow Way in the township told the committee that people are using an unofficial entrance to enter the park in large quantities, sometimes approaching 75 people.
Evidence of alcohol use, fires, and theft have all been reported by residents, who also claimed that township police have been helpful in controlling the matter. Noise and traffic have also been problems. Mayor Perry ensured residents that he was closely monitoring the situation and would be in touch with police.