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[PHOTOS] Garwood Breaks Ground on Athletic Field Complex

Saturday's ceremony celebrated the start of construction on the long-discussed project.

Garwood officials and residents gathered at the borough's Little League Field to celebrate the groundbreaking of the long-discussed Athletic Field Complex.

The $3.2-million project includes a new multi-purpose turf field, field house with a full kitchen and activity space, upgrades and lighting for the existing baseball field, and a bocce court. It will be partially funded with $1.1 million in county and state grants.

Plans for the building of the complex have been underway for more than 10 years. The project wasn't approved without controversy: Several residents attended the council meetings proceeding the complex's final approval to argue that the field and the tax increase necessary to fund it were more than Garwood could afford.

But it was all smiles at Saturday's ceremony. Construction will continue through the spring.

John DiBattista December 08, 2012 at 08:37 PM
I can't beleve some of the comments here. I was born and raised in this town, and I knew Mr. Guerriero and he was one of the finest gentlemen that I know. When I was here, comments such as those above would never have appeared here
b paterson December 12, 2012 at 02:44 AM
Please, just everyone settle down. I'm only a resident but have been following this issue and been close to it for the last 15 years. We are all invited to the groundbreaking and nobody should show up aggravated. The anonymous posters are just blowing smoke for some reason. Thats what anonymity can do. The plaques and momuments will remain at the field when its done. They may be removed for the time during construction so they dont get damaged but they will be restored for the posterity of those in the past that gave their time to the youth and atletics of Garwood. Its not going to end up with just some generic name as "rec complex" or "athletic field". Maybe it will be referred that way out in the streets but the plaques will remain. The history of Garwood is rich and much should be saved to remind us. Unfortunatley the Lions Gazebo and the existing Homenik dedicated field house will be demolished. It is sad. But the names and plaques will still be at the field. And BTW, yes there are Guerrieros still here in GW! I personally am proud to know two of them. One just happens to be a Garwood board of Ed member for the last 7 years. And her mother was on the board of health for ages, and whe recently stepped down possibly due to health. The name is synonymous with volunteerism. See you all this saturday.
Joe Darcy December 16, 2012 at 12:10 AM
It is tragic that people neglect the memories of the founders of one of the best things in our kids lives. Shame on us if we do not take the time or effort to know the people who made this field possible.
KJS December 16, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Garwood has a history? LOL
john December 17, 2012 at 06:04 PM
Way too expensive an undertaking at a time when many don't have jobs or are underemployed and in foreclosure or property values are underwater. I can't wait to see the hit on our property taxes which are already overtaxed. Was an analysis done as to the benefit versus the cost? What percentage of property owners will have a direct benefit from this? Tax and spend is alive and well in Garwood.

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