Carteret, NJ – Mayor Reiman and the Borough Council joined with residents, state and county dignitaries, and some of Carteret’s young athletes for a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 15, unveiling recently completed upgrades to Carteret Park’s Sullivan Field.
The new state-of-the-art sports facility was rededicated to Walter Sullivan (1903-1963), the field’s original namesake, who served as a Borough Councilman for 15 years, and with a range of civic, volunteer, and philanthropic organizations.
Construction on the project broke ground in October 2010.
Earlier in 2010, Mayor Reiman and Middlesex County Freeholder Ronald G. Rios announced that the County had authorized a grant of $500,000 from the Middlesex County Open Space Trust Fund to facilitate the reconstruction of Carteret’s Sullivan Field baseball facilities. One of ten parks registered with the D.E.P. on Carteret’s Recreational Open Space Inventory (R.O.S.I.), Carteret Park, which hosts the field, is the town’s largest municipal park. Located adjacent to Carteret Middle School, Carteret Park plays home to a variety of athletic facilities including “Tomczuk Courts,” which underwent a $450,000 reconstruction last year, as well as Sullivan Field and Leniart Field.
According to the Borough’s Department of Engineering, Sullivan Field is used extensively throughout the year by a number of athletic organizations according to town officials, including the Carteret High School Varsity and Junior Varsity teams, the Babe Ruth League, and adult softball leagues.
Reconstruction has included an upgrade to artificial turf as well as a new backstop, fencing, benches, and amenities. Provisions have also been made for multi-purpose features including striping for a football/soccer field. Total cost for the project has been estimated at $1 million.
“This is a town that relies heavily on its open space and recreation,” Mayor Reiman stated, “both for passive and active recreation. Our sports fields in particular are utilized heavily by our numerous athletic leagues with participants of all ages. Sullivan Field had undergone the wear and tear that could be expected. We’re pleased to unveil this restoration to the community, along with upgrades that will ensure a longer lifespan and more enjoyable usability for our athletes.”
“Athletics can be the ticket to higher education for many of our youngsters,” Councilman and Parks Commissioner Vinnie Bellino added. “Having sports facilities that complement our level of usage is a necessity, so we are more than grateful for the recognition and support of our grant providers.”
The Reiman administration has secured over $87 million in grants, donations, and endowments since 2003, with over $38 million in park upgrades alone.