Lakewood Township Introduces Plans For New Indoor Sports Fields

At their recent meeting, the Lakewood Township Committee introduced plans to finance a 75,000 square foot indoor sports dome, to be paid for by selling nearly $5 million in bonds.

The money raised by selling the bonds will be used for the “acquisition, construction and installation of an artificial in-filled air structure for use as an outdoor sports field,” with a total appropriation and estimated cost of $4,856,000.

The use of the dome, which will be built at the John F. Patrick Sports Complex, will be primarily recreational, with the option for community events to be held there as well, Mayor Ray Coles told TLS.

“An indoor sports field will be a great option for cold weather days, but also for hot summer days,” Coles explained.

In addition, the township will also be able to potentially hold public events there as well.

The financing plan was approved unanimously on its first reading and is expected to be approved at its second reading in March.

If approved, the project would be put out for bid.

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  1. And who’s going to use an indoor sports dome in Lakewood? The community doesn’t believe in sports or having their children play and let’s face it they are whose important in Lakewood.

    • Really, you are asking who will be using the sports dome?? This indoor sports dome will be beneficial to both public schools students and private school students. Hoping it gets approved at it’s second reading.

    • What about smaller parks in multiple locations ??

      Well that wouldn’t have the glamor !

      Oh, many more average children will be able to PLAY SPORTS there as well.

  2. Maybe the 6800 children in the public school system might find this useful. You need to realize Lakewood is not exclusively one demographic. Even so I would prefer to see this money being used to lower taxes or repair roads first because there are many areas of recreation for the children around town. At least that’s what this same Township committee told use a few years back when we asked them for more local neighborhood parks.

      • Wow. That response is exactly what causes problems. Basically you are saying 6800 kids don’t matter because they aren’t in the majority. Imagine if Jackson, Toms River and other towns adopted your mindset. I bet you’d be here screaming how unfair it was.

  3. uh?
    what about a playground, why do we all have to shlep to modern huge playgrounds in Toms River and Brick

    an indoor huge playground would help thousands every day, while an indoor field helps 20-50 a day

  4. do u people have any idea what a bond means ? we can barely afford to keep our streets paved , also it will tie up that entire area with massive traffic. its one lane each way each way and chestnut and oak and yale and oak and vine will be a nightmare anytime there is event . The infrastructure around that area can not handle events of that size complex

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