County joins Woodbury in Groundbreaking for New Soccer Complex
(Deptford, NJ) – Gloucester County Freeholder Director Stephen M. Sweeney, Freeholder Joseph Brigandi Jr. and Freeholder Helene Reed joined Woodbury Mayor Rob Curtis and Council President Barry Sloane for the official groundbreaking of the new Woodbury Soccer Complex today. The complex is located just over the border of Woodbury in Deptford Township.
Gloucester County purchased the 13-acre tract of land for Woodbury with the county’s Open Space funds for $320,000 in 2001. Woodbury will build two competitive fields and one practice field on the site using Green Acres funding they acquired from the state.
“This has been a long process for Woodbury, but we are all happy to be here today to get this project underway so the children have their own fields to play on,” said Freeholder Director Sweeney. “There are over one hundred children who participate in Woodbury Soccer Association and they play on little league fields or where ever they can, now they will have a place they can call their own,” Sweeney said.
Freeholder Joseph Brigandi said, “This project has been a cooperative effort from the start between Woodbury, Deptford and the County. We commend Mayor Curtis and Council President Sloane for finally being able to get this Complex off the ground.”
Construction of the complex is expected to be completed by the end of the year and the facility should be ready for use in the fall of 2008.
Woodbury Mayor Curtis said that Woodbury has appreciated the cooperation of Deptford Township. “Woodbury is a community that doesn’t have any available open space of its own to build fields on for our kids. This purchase by the county and the cooperation of Deptford was the only way Woodbury could have its own soccer complex. Our kids deserve this and we are grateful to everyone who has helped us make this happen.”
Mayor Curtis said that Woodbury is currently applying for additional funding from Green Acres to build a concession stand, restrooms and a paved parking lot at the complex.
Curtis said that when the soccer fields are not in use by Woodbury, or there are no scheduled events, that they will be open to all residents. Scheduling of the Woodbury Soccer Complex will be done by the City of Woodbury.