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Veterans Park Fields to Cost $40K to Repair

The park, which has yet to be opened to the public, will “need significant additional work over time,” Newtown Township Manager Kurt Ferguson said.

Newtown Township will pay more than $40,000 to repair a park that has hardly been used by residents.

Township officials say they have to make repairs to the soil and grass at Veterans Park because the contractor for the project has walked away from an unfinished job. The township and the contractor, Adams-Bickel Associates, are currently in litigation over the $2.4 million contract for the park.

The park was officially dedicated in May 2011 but because of problems with the quality of the grass, the fields have only been utilized on a limited basis. The park, located off Durham Road across the street from Clark Nature Center, has six ball fields.

Township Manager Kurt Ferguson said if the township wants to see the park completed, it will have to spend the money because the contractor has explicitly stated it is not returning to the job.

The Board of Supervisors on Wednesday unanimously approved spending $40,498 to make necessary improvements to the park so the grass will grow properly on the fields. But they weren’t happy about it.

“I’m angry,” Board Chairman Mike Gallagher said, adding he wants to see children play on the fields. 

Township solicitor Jeffery Garton said the township can include the costs in its counterclaim.  

But $40,000 is just the half of it.

Ferguson said Superior Turf, a company the township will use to fix the fields, has said the park needs $14,000 worth of maintenance annually for three years to make the fields playable over the long term.

The fields “need significant additional work over time" including the addition of organic materials to sustain the grass, Ferguson said.

Council Rock Newtown Athletic Association used the park on a limited basis last spring, but it came with a $7,000 price tag. That’s the amount the CRNAA had to pay to build mounds and prepare the fields for play.  

stating the facts February 20, 2013 at 01:09 AM
They should re-name Helen Randle park to Joe Garvey Yards. He makes millions profit for running those tournaments for the lil' girls. He hardly pays any rent for the use of the fields. And, when there are tournaments, residents are told they cannot park for, or use the others amenities; play ground, basketball courts, walking paths!
the REAL VOICE February 21, 2013 at 12:47 AM
NOT SO! (NOT stating the facts) Newtown is built on rocks and clay especialy in that area. The land was NOT all a farm and then the illegal dumping by the connected people; and there you have it. You have to go Way back for that one ! Old BOS's involved !
Real Deal February 21, 2013 at 11:28 PM
Thanks Steven P.for recognizing the Volunteer Firemen, this BOS thinks the Sun rises and sets in a handful of overpaid Ambulance chasers,N.E.S.D. and thier Captain Noah Chief, looks good in his regalia, thats where it ends sad sad situation what they have done to a greta organization..
Newtown Resident February 25, 2013 at 06:03 PM
In addition to the fields needing work, the lack of use is beginning to create additional problems of grass starting to grow through the asphalt sidewalks, there is a drainage problem with water runoff from Leck's property washing out parts of park land, etc. The fields are definitely not playable as is with exception being the field repaired by little league. Does the $40,000 fix just the fields or repairs for all defective grass surfaces?
R U guessing ? February 26, 2013 at 06:59 PM
U, personally. PAY to get it fixed, not the taxpayers !

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