NJ Society of Municipal Engineers
Project of the Year Award
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.
Unique or Unusual Design Features:
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.