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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.

jason April 23, 2012 at 04:49 PM
fallen american hero's memorial park !!!! lets name somthing after people that have made the altimate sacrifice not corrupt politicians like toms river normally does ./
Lenny April 23, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Jason, that's not the point, I said there were two other fields and playgrounds less than a mile or so from that new one, and I don't know how many more there are in Toms River already. I don't understand the requirement of another play field, especially the overgrown size of that one.
jason April 23, 2012 at 04:52 PM
well again i am NOT part of either but my daughters both play travel ball !!! but the idea is for the leagues to be able to have tournaments . where teams from around the state as well as ny and pa come and play.. these tournaments can raise 40-50k for a league. which then 50 pct should go to pay for the lights and fields. thats the idea of it being so big anyway
JD April 23, 2012 at 05:01 PM
The girls softball is growing... and is in need of fields. They don't have enough fields and those that were used (ie. YMCA) were crappy. Due to the growth not only of rec softball but travel softball... the fields were needed.. Regardless of tournaments...
JD April 23, 2012 at 05:12 PM
A tournament can't raise that much money... most of the tournament fees go to ref fees, insurances, etc. As a rule of thumb, figure $200/team profit or about $20k for decent size tournament "IF" you have lots of volunteers!!!
JD April 23, 2012 at 05:14 PM
It can stimulate the local economy (hotels, eateries, etc) but most may stay at some motel/hotel in Seaside.... so no stimulus for TR.
jason April 23, 2012 at 05:16 PM
ok even 20k thats alot of money for a league.....lets face it if you have a child on a travel team it is costing u 1k a year , make these fees lower and the leagues can grow. that is the point of the tournaments ...
jason April 23, 2012 at 05:17 PM
jd i think u and i can agree that good can and should come from these fields . we just need responcable people to manage the funds and rules
JD April 23, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Yes, Which is why the TR Rec Director should be on EVERY Youth sport Board of Directors that are using TR fields.
jason April 23, 2012 at 05:34 PM
who is the rec director may i ask ?
Martin April 23, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Tax & Spend Republican Field.
I B buggin April 23, 2012 at 07:51 PM
I like that!!!
I B buggin April 23, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Where are there softball fields other that the YMCA? or Mapletree Rd. There are not enough to accommodate all the kids (girls) that want to play.
I B buggin April 23, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Eric J. Schubiger, Director (732) 341-1000, ext. 8428
Irene April 23, 2012 at 08:31 PM
Lenny, Are you kidding? What an ignorant, sexist thing to say. Obviously, you don't have children. In your opinion what should the girls do? Hang out with boys, smoke pot and make babies who will end up on the dole wasting taxpayers money? Yeah, playing recreational sports that teaches all the lessons that little girls need to be productive members of society is such a terrible thing. Loser. You probably don't even own a home and pay taxes.
Irene April 23, 2012 at 08:33 PM
I bet that most people who complain about it being a waste of taxpayers money don't own homes and pay taxes. I do pay taxes and am happy the girls will have a place of their own to play ball. How many boys ballfields do we have? About time the girls get one!
Robert Bressman April 23, 2012 at 09:36 PM
I own a home and it's right across from this mess they built. The boys little league has been left to fend for themselves, the league pays for everything, since the amount of money they have to raise to take care of the fields is so much, you have people like their ex treasurer robbing the league. Do you honestly think the town cares? right now the town is using open space tax to clean up the park, what happens when people wise up in this town and realize what was originally meant for buying open space is now part of the towns budget. Every Sunday the town sends a guy around to pick up the beer bottles and beer cans at skyview park, do you like having your tax dollars spent on that? This is supposed to be a park not a commercial enterprise, and it would seem all anyone is worried about is how much money is going to be generated from tournament, their hamburger hot dog stand and who is going to run it and grab the profits. When you bring this into a neighborhood and the people who are running this town tell you they're more concerned about the criminal element the park is going to bring and they believe the police can't protect an open field, you have to wonder, what price am I personally paying because they got a bright idea to build these fields. The attention span of this town is short, and the people that run the leagues could care less about the people who live around fields they play at, it's a business and it shouldn't be!
Can't shut me up April 23, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Maybe the tornados should've held a bake sale, shook the can at Shop Rite or did a car wash and paid for their own ball field.. Why should we the tax payers pay for such an extravagence. We have too many fields in TR. Maybe someone should've came up with a schedule and shared all. Pink Claws Stadium!!
max April 23, 2012 at 10:17 PM
they merged the two clubs to make more money and the people who sit high up, sit on a whole lot of money because of it, but yet they dont do anything with it and the fields still look bad
Laci April 23, 2012 at 11:43 PM
Brez, Look no further than the Toms River East Little League to see what your neighborhood will look like, down the road.
teatleytea April 24, 2012 at 12:23 AM
How about we call it the "Taxpayers Field". Because if it were not for the sucker taxpayers of this town the field would not exist!
teatleytea April 24, 2012 at 12:27 AM
Jason, The money that this black hole field makes goes right back to the softball team and NOT THE TOWN !!!!!
Greg April 24, 2012 at 12:38 AM
Yeah, he is the person who I would want to memorialize the field after. James D. Leonard was accused of being a child molester but, then again the girls had nothing to worry about he liked BOYS better. Looks real good for Toms River and Asst. Principal who was accused of molesting a special needs person and then a Superintendent who plead guilty of stealing 2.5 million dollars from the district.
Greg April 24, 2012 at 12:47 AM
There is a boys baseball field on Mapletree and then there is another baseball field over in East Dover. Yes, Irene I do live in Toms River and I own a house and pay property taxes!!
Jrzy Grl April 24, 2012 at 03:55 AM
wow they finally build the fields for the TR Girls Softball League that was promised many many years ago by the freeloaders just took them 20 plus years to build...hehehe
Catherine Galioto (Editor) 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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