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Diamonds at Arrowhead Park

TOWNSHIP OF EVESHAM

NJ Society of Municipal Engineers
Project of the Year award

PROJECT HISTORY:
Despite the large amount of land dedicated to Open Space and recreational use, one deficit faced by the Township of Evesham was the lack of appropriate dedicated baseball facilities. Many of the existing facilities were not regulation size and lacked amenities such as lighting, seating, restroom facilities and parking. Additionally due to the geological subsurface conditions of the Township, many of the existing ballfields cannot properly drain stormwater after a rain event consequently leading to the cancellation of many scheduled games.

Recognizing the community value of a properly designed facility dedicated to the burgeoning youth baseball and softball organizations within the Township, the Mayor and Township Council pursued the construction of such a facility. They turned to Consulting Engineer Gregory R. Valesi of CME Associates and the "Diamonds at Arrowhead Park" project was born.

CLIENT REQUIREMENTS:
• DESIGN AND BUILD A YOUTH BASEBALL/SOFTBALL COMPLEX FOR THIS GROWING COMMUNITY
• UTILIZE AN EXISTING TOWNSHIP OWNED OPEN SPACE TRACT CENTRALLY LOCATED NEXT TO THE MUNICIPAL COMPLEX
• OBTAIN THE REQUIRED APPROVALS FROM THE APPROPRIATE GOVERNING AGENCIES
• MAKE SURE THE FIELDS DON'T FLOOD
• FULFILL THE NEEDS AND WANTS OF THE LOCAL YOUTH SPORTS ORGANIZATIONS
• HAVE FACILITY CONSTRUCTED AND READY FOR THE 2014 YOUTH BASEBALL/SOFTBALL SEASON

UNIQUE OR UNUSUAL DESIGN FEATURES:
• CLOVERLEAF FIELD ORIENTATION DESIGN OF 4 COMPLIANT YOUTH BALLFIELDS
• ADJUSTABLE BASE PATH LENGTHS UTILIZED TO MEET BOTH LITTLE LEAGUE AND CAL RIPKEN LEAGUE REQUIREMENTS
• PAINTED BASES INCORPORATED INTO THE TURF OUTFIELDS PROVIDING 8 ADDITIONAL FIELDS FOR THE VERY YOUNG BASEBALL/SOFTBALL, T-BALL LEAGUES
• UTILIZE THE DESIRED TOWNSHIP OPEN SPACE TRACT AND MAXIMIZE THE DESIGN WHILE PROTECTING EXISTING WETLANDS
• CONFORM TO STRINGENT GUIDELINES AND OBTAIN APPROVAL FROM THE NEW JERSEY PINELANDS COMMISSION
• ELEVATE EXISTING SITE IN ORDER TO PROPERLY CONSTRUCT A DRAINAGE SYSTEM THAT WILL ALLOW THE FIELDS TO PROPERLY DRAIN AND BE READY FOR PLAY MOMENTS AFTER A RAIN EVENT
• UTILIZE CENTRALLY LOCATED NETTING SYSTEM TO PROTECT SPECTATORS FROM BALL BATTED OUT OF PLAY
• UTILIZE NATURAL PINELAND PLANTINGS WITHIN THE SITE AND SURROUNDING NATURE TRAILS
• TOWNSHIP PRIDE IDENTIFICATION THROUGHOUT THE FACILITY THROUGH THE USE OF FENCING WINDSCREENS AND TWO SIDED BACKLIT ENTRANCE SIGN
• FAST TRACK CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT SCHEDULE THROUGHOUT SNOWY WINTER MONTHS TO HAVE FACILITY READY FOR 2014 SEASON.

THE RESULT:
As one passes beneath the two-sided illuminated Township of Evesham sign at the entrance to the facility, they feel a sense of community pride as they look upon a complex they are so proud to call their own. The Mayor and Township Council have received nothing but praise from the public including the youth sports players and their parents. They feel they have arguably the finest facility in the State and hope to one day host regional, state and even national youth tournaments.

On May 7, 2014, township residents poured out to their new facility for the ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony. The township youth baseball and softball teams wore their team jerseys to represent the team effort it took to bring this state of the art facility from thought to reality. Through the efforts of Consulting Engineer, Gregory R. Valesi, the Township of Evesham has realized its goal of a youth based baseball/softball facility that will serve the needs of this growing community for many years to come.