LITTLE FALLS, NJ - The Township will receive a series of grants that will be put towards offsetting the cost to install synthetic turf at Duva Field.
According to Mayor James Damiano, installing turf has been in discussion by Township officials for some time, and he is glad to be moving along with the project despite the COVID-19 crisis. Council members adopted an ordinance issuing $3,000,000 in bonds, which will be offset by up to $1.15 million in grant funding to complete the installation of the field.
"We are now at the phase where the lines for the field are being discussed," he said, adding that there are discussions with the Little Falls Athletic Club and the Little Falls Football Parents Association for the line placement to accommodate all sporting needs, as well as the Township's recreation department to determine the appropriate size. Also in discussion is where each sport should be located on the field, including the set-up of bleachers.
During the Council's workshop meeting on May 4, Damiano said there was a need to fund the cost for the project up front, a portion of the costs being reimbursed by the grants, as is typical with all similar grants.
"There is a substantial figure that we have in various grants that can be applied towards this field," he explained. "We asked Passaic County for approval, including some Open Space funds we received last year to the tune of $250,000."
Damiano further added that the Township will receive an additional $150,000 this year in grant funding from Passaic County to be applied towards the project. Also received was a grant from Green Acres that will allow the offset of 25 percent of the total cost of the project up to $750,000, to further offset the cost.
"So we do have a substantial amount of offsetting grants that we are going to utilize towards the expense of this turf project," Damiano added."It's during a time like this that the residents, and the children especially, need something to look forward to once this COVID-19 virus is behind us, and sporting events and extracurricular activities are a great way to bring everyone together."
Council President Anthony Sgobba said that, along with council members, he was glad to see the Township was moving forward with the turf project.
"I'm glad to see this project come to fruition so that the constant athletic and other civic activities can take place on a quality field," he said.