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Upgrades Planned for Votee Park Fields

Artificial turf project includes new drainage system, bleachers among host of improvements in town's main park.

New artificial turf playing fields at Votee Park touted as the "premier" football and soccer space in the area could be ready by mid-fall, officials said this week. 

The project, in the park's southern end, will allow one field to be shared for football and soccer games while the other will be used for soccer only, engineer Anthony Gianforcaro told the township council Tuesday. 

A new drainage system under the artificial turf will prevent flooding that has plagued the fields during even moderate rainfall. 

“After a severe rain and actually even during a rainstorm, you can play on this field and you won’t be trekking through large puddles and water like you would on a natural grass field,” Gianforcaro said. 

A walking path around the fields will also be replaced and six lighting towers constructed, he said. A scoreboard and bleachers will be installed under the proposal, and new trees planted. 

"Everything will be handicapped accessible," Gianforcaro added. 

An emergency generator will allow four lights to stay on during a power outage so players and spectators can leave safely, Gianforcaro explained. 

The state's Green Acres Program will provide $750,000 in funding for the turf project. Money is also available through the county and town's municipal open space trust fund. 

"Hopefully, we'll be in a situation where this project doesn't end up costing us anything extra than the grant money and the open space recreation money that we already have," said Deputy Mayor Adam Gussen. 

The long-discussed project in the park's southern end was put on hold when tests in 2011 turned up contaminated soil under the fields, leading officials to close the park. The park was reopened last year after state officials released a report saying the contamination didn't pose a health risk. 

, said environmental issues will not impact the field project. 

Work was expected to begin in late March or April and take six to seven months. Township Manager William Broughton said he hoped to have a measure approving the design plans ready for council soon.

"This is going to be the premier football and soccer field in the region," he said.  

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george reskakis dds January 11, 2013 at 12:31 PM
It is simply about time!
Bob Bryant, Jr. January 11, 2013 at 04:22 PM
I hope the plans include better lighting that meets the recommendations of the Illumenation Engineering Society for recreational and high school aged players. The current lighting has numerous dark gaps because of bad spacing and not enough fixtures.
John Santaella January 11, 2013 at 06:09 PM
Let's hope the Township Manager has these plans faster than he has the minutes of the Council ready.
NC January 11, 2013 at 07:25 PM
If it's anything like the new Overpeck soccer fields, it'll be a busy area, day and night. Should think about upgrading the concession stand or adding a new one while they are at it. I'm hoping the plan has a fence around the perimeter of the 2 fields, with oversize heights at each end so chasing down runaway balls will be a thing of the past. It will also keep spectators safely away from the sidelines if done correctly.
John Santaella January 12, 2013 at 04:03 AM
Let's hope the plans are submitted on time
Jim Dunleavy January 12, 2013 at 06:03 PM
The plans call for fencing, Bleachers and fields permanently marked for multiple sports. Lighting will be improved as well. This is a project long in the planning with many bumps along the way, but hopefully the town is ready to go and today's kids, and their kids will benefit from such a fine facility....the best in the area!
DMAB6395 January 13, 2013 at 07:06 AM
It's about time! Do you know if they will upgrade the parking & get a bigger & better concession stand?
John Santaella January 13, 2013 at 05:35 PM
@DMAB6395, what do you mean upgrade parking? Do you mean create parking within the park? That makes no sense. Why take parkland for parking. Oh, I see the connection now: 'parking, park'
joe bloe January 14, 2013 at 09:35 PM
And last but not least...this should be for Teaneck residents, only. Not for all the New York plates we always see parked and using our taxes paid park!
John Santaella January 14, 2013 at 10:45 PM
Sounds good joe bloe but as long as Teaneck is getting Green Acres money we cannot discriminate by limiting the use to Teaneck residents only.
DMAB6395 January 16, 2013 at 10:32 PM
joe bloe why should we keep it for Teaneck residents only? Teaneck residents & Bogota residents go and use the dog park in Overpeck. Be real...
John Santaella January 16, 2013 at 11:31 PM
@DMAB6395, in fairness to joe bloe, Overpeck is a county park. But Teaneck still receives Green Acre monies so it can't be selective.

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