RANDOLPH, NJ - The Randolph Recreation Committee started their new year by reviewing 2017 successes and introducing two new members. With the finalization of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan last year, the group looks forward to seeing their input funded and implemented.

Committee chair Joseph Nazzaro mentioned several improvements specifically, including sportsmanship signage installed at all the fields, a new policy to manage conflict from dual sport participation and providing input for the development of a new park on Calais Road.

“This committee makes a difference, and you need to be here and be part of it help us do that,” Nazarro said, adding the three first-place awards from the Morris County Park Alliance proves the “outstanding rec department staff” in Randolph.

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Newcomer Julie DeLorenzo introduced herself during Thursday’s meeting. She lives next-door to councilman Lance Tkacs, who encouraged her to consider the Recreation Committee.

“I helped out last year with the snack bar, and anything that needs to be done basically,” she said. “We’re just having a lot of fun in Randolph, and really enjoying ourselves.”

DeLorenzo volunteers throughout the township, and just took over as the crossing guard in Ironia this month.

Recent college graduation Sean Potter also joined the Recreation Committee this year. He grew up in Randolph, attending Center Grove Elementary before moving to the Ironia area. While attending Manhattan College, he participated in the Board of Trustees, and wanted to be involved in that type of volunteering when returning home.

Councilman Jim Loveys will be the council liaison to the Recreation Committee this year, and updated the committee on the turf field replacement at Freedom Park this year as part of the Recreation Master Plan.

Additionally, the engineers plan to complete the design phase for the park on Calais Road by the end of January, with the goal of going out to bid in February. With the various approvals needed before construction begin, Loveys reminded the committee that these projects “realistically never go as quickly as we hope.”

2018 brings capital improvements to the trail system through recommendations in the Trails Master Plan, as well as a new entrance/exit traffic pattern at Freedom Park.

Since Thursday’s meeting did not have a quorum, the members followed an informal agenda and were not able to take action for approval of meeting minutes. Nazzaro emphasized the importance that “all committee members commit to attending meetings and being involved,” in order to have productive meetings throughout the upcoming year.