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Heavenly Farms Ballfield for Children with Special Needs

NJ Society of Municipal Engineers
Project of the Year Award

Project History:

Heavenly Farms is a 104± acre tract of farmland, recreation and open space areas currently being used or developed for open space and recreation purposes in the Township of East Brunswick, Middlesex County. A 25-acre portion of the overall tract is currently being developed for recreation purposes by East Brunswick Township with funding assistance provided by the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders through the Middlesex County Open Space and Recreation Fund.

Recognizing the issues facing the local special needs residents, the Township of East Brunswick approached the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders requesting their assistance to design and construct an ADA Accessible Ball Field for Children with Special Needs within the Heavenly Farms Site.

The Middlesex County Freeholders agreed to initiate the project and authorized Michael J. McClelland, P.E., P.P., & C.M.E. of CME Associates to investigate feasibility and prepare a Concept Plan to meet the special recreational needs of southern Middlesex County residents at Heavenly Farms Park. Simultaneously, Mr. McClelland coordinated with Township Officials to secure adequate funding from the Middlesex County Board of Chosen Freeholders to help facilitate the construction of the proposed improvements.

Client Requirements:

  • RESPOND TO THE REQUEST OF THE PARENTS OF CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS CONCERNING LACK OF LOCAL RECREATIONAL FACILITIES FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
  • ASSIST THE TOWNSHIP IN INITIATING DISCUSSIONS WITH MIDDLESEX COUNTY
  • INVESTIGATE FEASIBILITY AND PREPARE CONCEPT PLAN AND COORDINATE EFFORTS WITH MIDDLESEX COUNTY
  • ASSIST TOWNSHIP IN SECURING ADEQUATE FUNDING FROM MIDDLESEX COUNTY
  • FAST TRACK DESIGN, BID, AND CONSTRUCTION PHASE TO HAVE BUILT IN TIME FOR BEGINNING OF BUDDY BALL SEASON
  • INCLUDE OTHER SITE AMENITIES, INCLUDING EXPANDED ADA PARKING AREA, BARRIER-FREE ACCESS THROUGHOUT SITE AND COMFORT / CONCESSION BUILDING
  • REDUCE COSTS

Unique or Unusual Design Features:

  • REPRESENT THE TOWNSHIP BY INITIATING DISCUSSIONS, REVIEWING FEASIBILITY AND PREPARING CONCEPT PLANS, AND SECURING ADEQUATE FUNDING WITH MIDDLESEX COUNTY
  • UNIQUE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION OF A LIGHTED ADA ACCESSIBLE SYNTHETIC TURF BALL FIELD WITH MINIMUM FIELD SLOPES AND UNDERDRAIN SYSTEM
  • THE SYNTHETIC TURF UTILIZED IN THE DESIGN OF THE BALLFIELD WAS SPECIFICALLY SELECTED TO MEET THE NEEDS OF PLAYERS USING WHEELCHAIRS AND THE EXPECTED BALL SPEEDS COMMON TO BUDDY BALL LEAGUE PLAY
  • DESIGN INCLUDES BARRIER-FREE ACCESS THROUGHOUT SITE
  • COMFORT STATION/CONCESSION BUILDING CONSTRUCTED UNDER DESIGN/
  • BUILD PROCESS TO REDUCE CONSTRUCTION COSTS AND ON SITE CONSTRUCTION TIME
  • MINIMIZE ELECTRIC USE OF BUILDING

The Result:

Through the efforts of their Municipal Engineer Michael McClelland, the Township of East Brunswick and the County of Middlesex now have a new state of the art, barrier-free facility. It would have been difficult for this facility to become a reality if it were not for the Intergovernmental Cooperation of all agencies involved with the project.