SPRINGFIELD, NJ — The Chisholm Park upper softball field will soon be receiving some much-needed renovations. At a township committee meeting earlier this month, the committee approved a resolution to award a contract for the field’s renovation.
When completed, according to the township, the project will address drainage and playability concerns that caused the frequent cancellation of softball activities after rainfall which often in the complicated and schedule-rending rescheduling of practices, scrimmages, games, and clinics for Springfield and visiting softball players, coaches, officials, and families who use the field on a regular basis.
In a post on the township website, Adam Lieb, Director of Recreation said he was optimistic about the possibilities a full renovation could provide.
“I’m excited about this project for many reasons,” Lieb said. “The upper softball field sits right outside my office and it’s very frustrating to see the build-up of water almost every time it rains. Our Department of Public Works staff members do a terrific job removing the water and preparing the field, but we still lose a day or two.
“As a result, the softball program is inconvenienced, which affects many, many people. The township spends considerable funds every year to upgrade playgrounds, parks, fields, and the Chisholm Community Center. This project is a worthwhile use of our funds and efforts because it will benefit a popular and growing youth sports program.”
The $13,000 project includes the following work to be completed by Advanced Athletic Services of Allamuchy, New Jersey:
- Layout correct field dimensions
- Excavate and replace sod where infield meets outfield
- Laser grade existing infield mix at consistent elevation
- Spread new infield mix to achieve proposed finished grade
- Grade and groom infield to a smooth finish
- And spread infield conditioner
One of the organizations who will be using the new field when it is finished is Springfield Girls Softball Inc., an organization that partners with the recreation department to provide year-round outdoor and indoor softball opportunities for children from pre-k through high school.
In the same post, Jen Cataldo, president of Springfield Girls Softball Inc., said, that she and the rest of the board were beyond thrilled to have the field project underway.
“The Springfield Girls Softball board and I are thrilled that the upper field project is approved and will be underway shortly,” Cataldo said. “Anyone who has passed by that field days after a rain storm knows how dire it is to get it fixed. We are so grateful to the Springfield Township Committee and the Springfield Recreation Department for making this a priority for our girls.
“After witnessing our girls thrive playing amidst a pandemic this summer and fall, we realize how important it is for them to get back to doing what they love in a safe manner. It was devastating to lose our spring season this year, but the coming spring looks promising and having the field ready for play is truly a gift for the girls.“
The project is set to be completed in the first quarter of 2021, weather and contractor scheduling permitting. Residents who have any questions can contact the Springfield Recreation Department at [email protected] or (973) 912-2227.