The Town of Kearny has opened the newly renovated, $24 million Gunnel Oval Municipal Sports Complex. The lead engineer on the project was Neglia Engineering. Work on the renovation began approximately 18 months ago.
The construction was performed by Tomco Construction of Mt. Arlington. The new recreation complex includes two field houses — one having a concession stand and a broadcast booth. The other will house athletic equipment. There are two softball fields, two large baseball fields suitable for high school and Pony League action, three Little League baseball diamonds and six soccer fields of different sizes overlapping the baseball diamonds. The complex also features two, T-ball fields for the kiddies.
There are volleyball, tennis and basketball courts, two fitness areas and a skate park. The entire complex is suitable for night action, as it is lined with tower lighting.
According to Kearny Mayor Al Santos, the town made sure that the new construction included the installation of storm water management controls, as the 23-acre site is low- lying, with 16 of the acres used for actual recreational activity on artificial surfaces. The project included a new drainage system with a water detention system and a state-approved, water discharge system, all intended to eliminate flooding both at the complex itself, and along East Midland Avenue where homes exist.
The town was able to raise the location out of a flood zone by bringing in clean fill during construction and making sure the design allowed treated, stormwater ran into the freshwater, Kearny Marsh.
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