ELIZABETH, NJ—March 30, 2012— Mayor J. Christian Bollwage joined Councilman-At-Large Frank Cuesta, Councilwoman-At-Large Patricia Perkins-Auguste, Council Members Manny Grova Jr., Nelson Gonzalez and William Gallman as well as Freeholder Daniel Sullivan and other City Officials at the ribbon cutting for the new synthetic turf fields at the Elizabeth Waterfront.
“This initiative creates a safe and durable site for children and adults throughout the Greater Elizabeth area to play soccer and football,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage, “The completion of these fields supports our vision to create exciting recreational opportunities and increase athletic services for the community; maintaining the City’s status as a premiere destination.”
Elizabeth’s youth leagues and sports programs continue to be among the best in the State. In order to continue elevating skill levels and enhancing talent, athletes deserve to be provided with the best resources and locations available. Through this turf revitalization, these fields represent the conditions found on professional fields, providing the youth of Elizabeth with the proper training environment to achieve a promising future.
“As population increases, the need for community and youth recreation continues to grow,” said Manny Grova, Jr., Councilman of the First Ward. “These new synthetic turf fields supply people of all ages with a fun and beautiful place to play, while meeting the rising demand of these two popular sports.”
This project was part of the City’s ongoing efforts to improve and increase recreational opportunities throughout neighborhoods. The City of Elizabeth already has numerous well-visited parks and more than fifteen playgrounds.
Over ten recreational leagues already utilize this site including: the Merlin Youth Soccer, America’s United Soccer School and the Elizabeth Youth Soccer Club.
As the fourth largest municipality in New Jersey, creating, expanding and enhancing parks and playgrounds provide additional community services and greatly contribute to an improved quality of life. The City of Elizabeth remains dedicated to the development and renovation of recreational sites within the municipality.
This project further supports and complements the City of Elizabeth’s Go Green initiatives, as it preserves recreation and open space as well as contributes to a greener tomorrow.
Funding for this project was provided in part through the Union County Kids Recreation Trust Grant.