Thursday, December 1, 2011
Proposals Expected for Garwood Athletic Field Complex
Garwood is inching ever closer to realizing grand plans for the future athletic complex at the Little League Field. The borough council is preparing to examine proposals from contractors interested in taking on the estimated $2.1 million dollar project, according to borough officials. The site was approved last year by the planning board, but, since then, not much tangible progress has been made, according to observers. The massive overhaul of the site is expected to include new indoor and outdoor amenities. The project would also erase the Gazebo at the site, a structure some have argued is a town landmark.
The Garwood Planning Board unanimously approved the capital plan last December while under the watch of a Democratically controlled government body. Site plans say the complex may include an updated baseball field, a soccer and field hockey field, a painted basketball court, a regulation-sized bocce ball court and walking trails. Two buildings will also house a community room and a place for Seniors to gather, but no indoor basketball courts. Plans for an updated complex were first discussed in earnest in 2005.
Initial plans mulled a June 2011 groundbreaking for the site, that deadline has come and gone.