In acquiring the Dix Drive In property on Route 206, as well as funding from a $250,000 Burlington County Open Space grant, the township plans to add new fields and amenities for the youth soccer, softball, baseball and field hockey organizations.
The long-term goal is to build a youth soccer facility at the Dix Drive In location, with a total of five soccer fields and recreation amenities. The building of the fields will be phased, with two or three fields hopefully available by the end of 2019.
“Specifically, we are happy to begin the process of bringing youth soccer back into the township,” Mayor Stephen Benowitz said in a statement. “With over 600 registered kids in the league, at all ages, this represents a big part of our youth participation. Bringing these games back into the township is something we have worked toward for a long time.”
Recreational amenities will include additional softball fields, new dugouts, benches and other amenities at Joseph Lawrence Park. These upgrades are in addition to the new concession building, which will be finished this year.
The new fields and amenities will allow for the youth sports organizations to expand and accommodate participants in the township’s growing softball organization. A walking/bike path will also be added to the fields, allowing for easier and safer accessibility for parents and children to the fields.
At Northern Community Park, the township is working with the little league on a new batting cage — with the possibility of expanding and upgrading the current fields.
New all-purpose fields will also be added to current recreation fields to accommodate the townships burgeoning field hockey program.
For more information on recreational improvements, call Bordentown Township administrator and acting director of community development, Michael Theokas at 609-298-2800, ext. 2012.