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.