MIDDLETOWN, NJ — At the Monday, June 19th Regular Meeting, the Middletown Township Committee unanimously approved an amendment to the $5.15 million bond ordinance that was originally issued in December 2019 to install multi-use turf fields at Normandy Park and Nut Swamp School. The amended ordinance will now enable the Township to put the excess capital funds toward expanding the Normandy Park Improvements Project, which will include upgrades to the outdoor roller hockey rink, as well as installing new drainage and irrigation.
Over the last few years there has been a reemergence of outdoor roller hockey in our area. Playing ice hockey can be cost-prohibitive for some families, so the Township would like to offer a free public option for residents.
“There is a large and passionate hockey community here in Middletown, so we understand and appreciate the demand for an outdoor roller hockey rink,” said Mayor Tony Perry. “We will resurface the rink as well as repair the dasher boards, penalty box, and players’ bench. It will be great to see people of all ages be able to enjoy it again.”
Since 2012, the Township Committee, in partnership with our volunteer youth organizations and schools, has made significant improvements in capital facilities and field maintenance. The goal for the Normandy Park Improvements Project was for the Township to be able to serve a variety of sports and age groups with fields, parking improvements, and lighting within the same vicinity. The turf fields at Normandy are currently striped for soccer and baseball, while the fields at Nut Swamp are striped for soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, and football.
The Township will also put the remaining funds toward new drainage and irrigation. There are also potential plans to resurface the basketball and tennis courts to complete the project.