NJ Society of Municipal Engineers
2015 Project of the Year
Honor Place - Category G
Being in need of new athletic field facilities, the Mayor and Township Council turned to the State of New Jersey and the County of Burlington for help. Through an intergovernmental agreement the largest remaining tract of open space in Delran Township was purchased. Said property, known as the "Myers Tract", was a 34 acre tract of land located in the central part of township next door to the Delran Township High School. The property was purchased using NJDEP Green Acres program funding covering 50% of the purchase price. The Burlington County Open Space program covered 25% of the purchase. The remaining 25% of the entire cost of the property was paid for by Delran Township Open Space Funds.
With the vision of a premier Township Sports Complex in their mind, and the need for additional recreation facilities within this growing municipality the Mayor and Township Council turned to Municipal Engineer Gregory R. Valesi and his staff to develop a plan that will turn their dream into a reality.
• DETERMINE BUILDABLE PROPERTY BASED UPON ENVIRONMENTAL CONSTRAINTS
• DEVELOP RECREATION CONCEPT PLAN TO SHOW MAXIMUM USEABLE PROPERTY
• SEEK ALTERNATIVE FUNDING TO BUILD THE PROJECT
• DEVELOP PHASED IMPROVEMENT PLAN BASED UPON AVAILABLE FUNDING
• INCORPORATE A "BUDDY BALL FIELD" INTO THE INITIAL PROJECT PHASE
• ACQUIRE ALL PERMITS NECESSARY FOR CONSTRUCTION
• PREPARE THE CONTRACT DOCUMENTS
• PROVIDE THE CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT
UNIQUE OR UNUSUAL DESIGN FEATURES:
• CONDUCT FLOOD HAZARD AND WETLANDS INVESTIGATIONS AND SECURE A STATE APPROVED FLOOD HAZARD AREA DELINEATION FOR THE SITE
• ASSIST WITH THE RESEARCH, APPLICATION AND ACQUISITION OF BURLINGTON COUNTY MUNICIPAL PARKS GRANTS
• DEVELOPED CONCEPT PLAN FOR MAXIMUM SITE IMPROVEMENTS
• DEVELOPED INITIAL PHASED IMPROVEMENT PLAN THAT FACILITATED CONSTRUCTION AT NO COST TO TOWNSHIP TAXPAYERS
• DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTED FIRST "BUDDY BALL" FIELD IN BURLINGTON COUNTY
• DESIGN INCORPORATED ALL SUBSURFACE UTILITIES WITHIN THE INITIAL PHASE OF CONSTRUCTION FOR MINOR DISRUPTION IN FUTURE
Delran Community Park would not have been a reality without funding made possible through the State of New Jersey and the County of Burlington. With the efforts of Mr. Valesi along with the Township staff, the Township applied for and received a reimbursable acquisition grant through the NJDEP Green Acres program. That grant combined with multi-year Burlington County Municipal Park Grants received enabled the park to be constructed with little burden on the Delran Township taxpayers. Therefore through the intergovernmental agreement, the property was purchased and the park improvements were initially constructed with major State and County funding. Delran Township is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the facility.
The long awaited Delran Community Park was formally opened in May of 2015. Through the efforts of Municipal Engineer Greg Valesi, along with the intergovernmental agreement of Delran Township, Burlington County, and various State Agencies, the initial phases of the project have been completed much to the delight of area residents and all who use the facility.