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Softball Complex Awaiting Name, Opening Day

Construction nearing end as township looks to name new softball complex

In addition to some finishing touches, it needs a name and an opening day.

The new Toms River softball complex on North Bay Avenue needs to be named, and a grand-opening ceremony will be planned, said Toms River Mayor Tom Kelaher.

Some of the ideas include naming the complex “Veterans Field.” Many of the other parks in Toms River are named for the section of town they are in or a nearby landmark. The 26-acres softball complex is the site of the former Epstein and Frankenburg farms near Whitty Road.

— for $3.5 million —  is being partially funded by a $750,000 Green Acres grant, officials said previously, and the additional cost will be paid out of Toms River's open space tax fund.

What to call the complex is currently being discussed, Kelaher said. "We're tossing some ideas around, but that's still got to be decided," he said.

The township hopes to have a special event surrounding the park's opening. However, the date hasn't been decided.

The township would like to have representatives from the multiple softball leagues in the township — whether youth, travel or adult recreation leagues, and those who play on school teams — attend the grand opening, said the mayor.

The complex has four fields and a tot-lot t-ball field, plus a winding walking/bike trail throughout the campus, with the softball fields arranged like a cloverleaf, officials said. A playground and concession stand is also on site.

The Toms River Recreation Committee and the recreation department are the most involved in the planning, said the mayor.

The committee meets monthly. The next meeting is tonight at 7 p.m. in town hall.

Catherine Galioto April 24, 2012 at 08:58 AM
The other softball fields existing in Toms River are the schools' fields, and the softball fields at Shelter Cove. Winding River may be "adult softball" fields.
Bob Hockenfrocken April 24, 2012 at 01:49 PM
If the Township Recreation Mantenance Department is responsible for maintenance, it will look like a dump by the fall. Just like Skyview, Winding River, Shelter Cove and Riverwood.
Bob Hockenfrocken April 24, 2012 at 01:52 PM
getinvolved1 is right. If the Township didn't purchase this, a private investor would have, and could have built something far worse. It's a ballpark for God's sake, get a grip!
Project Bluebeam April 24, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Jesus, can't you recognize sarcasm?
Robert Bressman June 18, 2012 at 06:28 PM
Bob, when the town decided to get this land, an acre was going to for $200,000, they rezoned the land so you could only build if you had 3 acres of land, also they passed an ordinace that you couldn't build anything within 50 yards of the power lines, please tell me what developer was going to buy that property? The acres next to where the softball fields are, do you know how long that property has been for sale? getinvolved1 should get involved.


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