Joined by Recreation Department leaders, Hackensack Youth Soccer coaches and players, and dozens of residents, Mayor John Labrosse and the Hackensack City Council cut the ribbon on the newly finished turf field at Johnson Park on Tuesday afternoon. The field is zoned for soccer and field hockey.
The bulk of the funding for this project came from a $695,000 state grant. The turf field restoration compliments the beautification efforts of the Johnson Park Community Garden, which launched this Spring, with great success and full participation.
“Our two biggest priorities whenever building something to be enjoyed by children are safety and durability. This field checks both marks, and will be enjoyed by residents of all ages for decades to come,” said Mayor John Labrosse. “Kids in Hackensack deserve this field, and are going to get a lot of use out of this field.”
“Thank you to everyone involved in making this project a reality, it is something the community has wanted for a long time, and now, it can be enjoyed for years to come,”
said Councilman Leo Battaglia. “While we are responsibly redeveloping our downtown area, bringing exciting new businesses and things to enjoy, we are utilizing our open space to expand recreational opportunities.”
Youth soccer players were on-site, enjoying the field during the commemoration ceremony. Continuing Mayor Labrosse’s vision for expanded recreation opportunities, the completely renovated Mellone-Mariniello recreation center, which opened in August, will have an official welcoming ceremony and open house on Saturday, September 14 from 10:00am-3:00pm. The center is located at 116 Holt St.
Video of the Mayor and Councilman’s remarks can be found here.