FAIRFIELD, NJ — The much-anticipated phase two improvements to the Fairfield Recreation Complex are expected to begin this summer at the end of June or early July, according to Mayor James Gasparini.

He explained that this phase is still in the preliminary stages and that the township will release a final rendering of the renovations once all changes are approved and finalized. 

"There is a process involved with these types of renovations, including mapping and deliniation surveys," said Gasparini. "We are still fine-tuning all the changes."

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Gasparini confirmed that the majority of the changes in phase two will be to the playground and the bocce and basketball court area.

"Phase two will benefit many different age groups and include new bocce ball courts and a new seating area with a water feature (i.e. fountain) to create a calm and tranquil atmosphere for our residents," he said. "The playground will include new playscapes for different age groups and rubber matting in place of the mulch."

He also said that this phase includes the expansion of the library parking lot. The township plans to move the existing basketball courts to this area so that it's away from the new playground and bocce ball court area, he said. Improvements are also being made to the tennis area during this phase.

"Phase 2 was very well thought out and will greatly benefit the younger children as well as senior residents," said Gasparini. "There is also a play area for children with disabilities."

Phase two improvements have not gone out for bid yet, but the mayor said that engineering and architecture work has already begun through Petry Engineering and Solutions Architecture, respectively.  

Gasparini anticipates that phase two will last approximately three months from start to finish. There will be no additional cost to taxpayers for the improvements and the changes will not affect summer camp, he said.

Although the township has not begun planning for phase three, some of those plans will include improving the existing fields and the Van Dessel house. According to the mayor, this will inlude the addition of three turf fields. 

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