WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. – Washington Township officials are hoping Memorial Field can hold out a bit longer.
"We're trying to get the field to playable conditions until the referendum in November," Councilman Peter Calamari said.
It''s not a sure thing.
The School Street field was aerated and seeded using a borrowed aerator from another municipality and paid for using general funds, Calamari said.
The township is currently waiting for a price from a vendor for the field's well irrigation system, Calamari said.
The field must be closed for two months this summer so sod can be put down, Calamari said. Officials are looking at July and August or August and September to have that work completed.
That means the men's softball league and summer recreation program will have to find another venue.
Officials are exploring alternate fields and are working with the swim club to host event.
“It’s obviously going to be very difficult for the field to recover. It really depends on Mother Nature," said local activist Jim Hanson, who's been documenting the field's conditions. "The heavy rainfall will wash the seed [and] the dirt away.
“I’m really concerned that the field won’t be playable at all.”
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