ROXBURY, NJ – Improvements to athletic grounds at Horseshoe Lake Park in Succasunna, including the creation of an artificial turf field, are on schedule, according to Roxbury Deputy Mayor Fred Hall.

Groundbreaking on the first phase of the project took place April 16. "Since that time, our contractor has made excellent progress toward completing this large and exciting project," said Hall in a statement.

He said the workers have removed the site's old softball backstops and fencing. "Outdated lighting was replaced with new Musco lights and grading has commenced for fields 1, 2 and 3," Hall added. He said drainage for the new turf field is being installed as well as the underground irrigation system for field #2.

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"To support the new lights and scoreboards, a new relocated electrical box has been installed and wiring has also been installed to provide power to these areas," Hall said. "We intend to relocate our existing scoreboard to field #2 and install a new scoreboard on field #1."

Additionally, footings for the fence that will surround the turf field have been installed, according to Hall, who said town officials anticipate that the turf field vendor will deliver the product during the third week of this month.

"This $1.5 million project is being funded through the township’s Recreation Trust Fund and will not impact general taxation in Roxbury," stressed Hall. "This project is part of the recreation master plan led by the township’s recreation advisory committee."

The Roxbury Mayor and Council gave final approval for the project in March. The work, which began May 1, includes new fencing, irrigation, field upgrades, removal of old backstops, grading, fencing, lighting, scoreboards and a new turf field. "It is anticipated that the project will take just over four months to complete," Hall said.

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