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  • TOWNSHIP AWARDED $200,000 GRANT FOR BUNNING BASEBALL FIELD
    The Township Council is most pleased to announce that Medford has been awarded a $200,000 grant under the Burlington County Municipal Park Development Grant program to undertake renovations and upgrades to Bunning Baseball Field, located on Mill Street.

    Said Mayor Chuck Watson, a lifelong resident of Medford " the Bunning Baseball Field has a long and storied history in Medford, beginning with its construction by residents (along with Medford Park) in the early 1900's. It is reported that baseball players such as Cy Young played there back in the 1930's and 1940's on semipro adult baseball teams. More recently, MLB All-Star Mike Trout played there as a teen with a South Jersey stars travel team in the early 2000s."

    The grandstands are original to Bunning Field, estimated to have been built early in the 1900's. The Township is in possession of photos dated 1904 showing the grandstands, with tree trunks used as posts. Regrettably, the grandstands had to be torn down earlier this year due to deterioration of the wood. However, as stated by Deputy Mayor Brad Denn, "Given their history, they will be re-built to maintain their 1900's architectural and historical style, but will be constructed in accordance with current construction and handicapped accessibility codes."

    At the present, this field services the Memorial Middle School baseball teams; along with several other youth and adult independent baseball and softball leagues. The MYAA baseball program will also benefit from the refurbished major league size field.

    In 2015 the Township Council approved an agreement with the Medford Vincentown Rotary Club to help restore the grandstands and the surrounding Medford Park. The Rotary Club is committed to partnering with Township officials, such as offering the professional services of its members for architectural drawings, construction, etc.

    The County grant will allow for the installation of a new wooden fence in the outfield to replicate the original fence early 1900s; additional perimeter fencing, a new backstop, dugouts and batting cage a new irrigation system, the entire field re-sodded, and the Bunning Field sign will be restored. New signs for Medford Park will also be installed.

    In addition, given the anticipated increased usage of Bunning Field, the adjoining Medford Park parking lot areas would be redesigned and re-constructed to maximize parking, and the existing pavillion and comfort station in Medford Park would be refurbished.

    Should funding for these improvements exceed the County grants funds, the Medford-Vincentown Rotary has committed to help seek additional funding and sponsorships.

    Work is expected to commence in the spring of 2018.
    For more information or to be involved in this project, please contact Beth Portocalis of the Township Manager's office at bportocalis@medfordtownship.com or by calling 609-654-2608 x324.

    **Check out our official Facebook page for some of the old-time photos taken at Bunning Field**
  • TOWNSHIP AWARDED $78,000 IN COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT FUNDS FOR STILL PARK
    The Township Council is most pleased to announce that it has received a $78,000 Community Development Block Grant, administered by Burlington County, to make ADA handicapped accessible improvements to Still Park, (formally Cranberry Park), which is located behind the Medford Municipal Building and the Cranberry Hall Senior Citizens Center.

    Said Mayor Chuck Watson, "The grant funds will be utilized for the re-construction of code compliant handicapped walkways and handicapped ramp curb cuts to provide accessibility to Still Park, which is   bordered by Church, Filbert and Mulberry Streets in the historic Village section of Medford Township." This municipal park includes walking paths, a shuffleboard court, a butterfly garden gifted by the Pinelands Garden Club of Medford, sitting areas and some playground equipment.  It is utilized by both the senior citizens who visit Cranberry Hall and by neighborhood families.  An accessible picnic area is also proposed to be added as a part of this proposed project."

    Added Deputy Mayor Brad Denn, "Still Park is utilized by the senior citizens who utilize the adjoining Cranberry Hall Senior Center, which is open to any senior citizen who resides in Burlington County.  Neighborhood families also use Still Park.  The proposed handicapped ramp curb cuts will further facilitate access to the Municipal Building, the Senior Center and Still Park.   Due to the high utilization of this public park facility, including its use a senior citizens center, code complaint handicapped accessible walkways and curb cut ramps are required.  Reconstruction of the existing walkways and the addition of other walkways adjacent to the senior center and Still Park will allow the Township to expand the current use to all citizens who reside in the neighborhood. Currently, opportunities to implement outdoor programs is limited due to a lack of similar and accessible host facilities/park amenities in the Village."

    Mayor Watson continued "The Township Council renamed the Park in 2016 in honor of Dr. James Still, the noted "Black Doctor of the Pines," whose home and office were located in Medford.  The office still stands on Church Road and is owned by the State of New Jersey as a historical site.  The office is managed by the Medford Historical Society and their members as an African-American Educational Center.  Members of the Historical Society's Dr. Still Committee will be adding a monument/bust of Dr. Still with interpretative signage upon completion of the park construction next year."

    The Cranberry Hall Senior Center building and parking lots were made fully code complaint for handicapped accessibility under previous CDBG Grant awards, and with planned enhancements to the Still park area will be able to accommodate all residents and other visitors and offer expanded leisure opportunities.

    Work is expected to commence in the spring of 2018.

    For more information, contact Kathy Burger, Township Manager & Clerk, at kburger@medfordtownship.com  or at 609-654-2608 x334.
  • CONSTRUCTION STARTED ON BIKE PATH ON COW POINT PROPERTY
    Residents may be noticing the start of construction work in the "Cow Point" property along Stokes Road, which is dedicated as preserved open space. This project is to create a bicycle path from Branin Road up to the north edge of the property. A bicycle lane will also be added to the north side of Himmelein Road, and Taunton Boulevard will be restripped to add a bike lane from Himmelein Road to Tuckerton Road.  Minimal traffic interruptions are anticipated.

    This project is being funded via a $400,000 grant from the NJ Department of Transportation under the TEA-21 federal funding program to create alternative transportation opportunities.

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