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Level Playing Fields and Family Ice Skating Facility

Middlesex County

The project consists of two specially designed playing fields, comfort stations in a multi-purpose building, a covered walkway, a general assembly pavilion area, and a new parking lot. The complex also includes a family oriented ice skating rink to compliment the facilities during the winter months when the playing fields are not utilized.

This unique recreational facility contains two fields, one for baseball and a second for soccer/football and other sporting events. The fields were constructed of a 3/8" thick molded and vulcanized rubber play surface to accommodate wheelchairs and other mobility devices and to prevent injuries. The use of this special surfacing material affords those individuals with special needs an opportunity to participate in organized team sports.

At the complex, visitors have access to a conveniently located multi-purpose building containing specialized restroom facilities, which far exceed conventional barrier-free guidelines. Every fixture and accessory included in the building was selected and installed with accessibility in mind. All stalls and clearances were constructed to accommodate the largest wheelchair or mobility device.

An overhead covered concrete walkway and pavilion is also provided between the parking area and the multi-purpose building. It contains three (3) accessible water fountains and electrical outlet stations for those requiring recharging of mobility devices.

An open-air ice skating rink is featured at the complex, located on the lakeside of the multi-purpose building. In addition to the restroom facilities described above, the building contains an interior lobby, concession stand and offices for the ice rink visitors and staff. It also houses the Zamboni ice maintenance machine and the ice making equipment. The rink, which was designed for family oriented ice-skating, has been fitted with a mechanical cooling system to allow for seasonal use. It was constructed with a concrete base floor, allowing the rink area to be used for other activities during the non-skating season. The rink is surrounded by a promenade that provides an overlook of scenic Roosevelt Park Lake.

The new parking lot includes thirty (30) handicapped spaces and forty-seven (47) regular spaces, a turnaround designed to accommodate busses, a bus drop-off area and lighting.