Work began last week to install lighting on the softball fields at Reichler Park, which should help meet the needs of the growing sport in South Brunswick.
Installation was scheduled to begin Thursday with the completion soon thereafter. Township officials said last week that the SBAA has also begun fundraising to add a scoreboard to the fields as well.
With the increasing popularity of the South Brunswick girls softball program, the project will allow night games at the park for the first time.
"We have about 400 to 500 girls in the program and their fields have never been updated," said Mayor Frank Gambatese earlier this year. "This goes a long way towards upgrading their fields."
that appropriates $2.9 million for the Reichler Park upgrade and an expansion of the South Brunswick Senior Center. Both projects will be funded by the township's Open Space Trust Fund, with Middlesex County providing a 50 percent match from county open space funds. The township will put up $250,000 from the South Brunswick open space fund for the Reichler Park lights, while the county grant will take care of the remaining $250,000 to pay for the project.
The township broke ground on the senior center expansion earlier this month, with a late-spring target date for completion.
"This project doesn't raise taxes and it has no impact on the general budget," said Public Affairs Coordinator Ron Schmalz earlier this year.
"With the lights at Reichler Park, there has been more girls getting involved in the softball program over the last couple of years, so this allows that program to expand further with more options for the girls’ teams."
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