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Jackson plans $2.9 million upgrade for sports fields

Jackson is planning major upgrades to its sports fields located at Jackson Justice Complex and Holman Athletic Complex. (Photo courtesy of the Township of Jackson)

JACKSON — Township officials announced $2.9 million plans for major upgrades and improvements to sports fields located at both the Jackson Justice Complex and the Holman Athletic Complex.

The project will begin with the removal of the existing turf fields in June. Work should be completed by the end of the summer, officials said.

The Jackson Justice Complex is located at 1 Jackson Drive and will have new synthetic turf installed on two baseball diamonds, one soccer field and the multipurpose/football field.

At the baseball diamonds located on the grounds of the Justice Complex, new shade canopies will be installed, while protective netting will be installed at the soccer and football fields.

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The Holman Athletic Complex, located at 133 Manhattan Street, will feature new synthetic turf and a protective netting system behind the goal posts installed on the multipurpose soccer field.

Several additional site improvements – such as repairs or upgrades to fencing, fieldstone, regrading, concrete sidewalks, cleaning of existing drainage infrastructure and installation of new storage sheds – will also be made to both locations, officials said.

Project work schedules have been coordinated to coincide with the end of certain sports seasons, while other sports activities that typically take place in Justice and Holman in early summer will be held at other locations.

Photo courtesy of Jackson Township

The Township of Jackson awarded two separate contracts, totaling $2,898,413, to perform these major upgrades and additional improvements. The first contract, for $2,055,913, was awarded to Shaw Sports Turf of Calhoun, Georgia.

In order to identify and secure well-qualified turf vendors, the township worked through a state cooperative, available to New Jersey municipalities, counties and schools, which consists of approved vendors by the state and approved by the state.

The second contract for associated field work, in the amount of $842,500, was awarded to LandTek Group, Inc. of Bay Shore, New York.

With the township overseeing the overall effort, the solicitation and tender process was managed by T&M Associates, the township’s go-to engineering firm.

Mayor Michael Reina said, “Investments in our recreational facilities are investments in our families and in our children. Here in Jackson, our sports complexes are very important to us. It’s where we come together as a community to enjoy sport, competition and exercise.

“It is here, on these fields, that we are building a stronger, happier, safer and healthier community. These are just some of the reasons why investing in our children is so important to the city council and to me,” the mayor added.


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