Upper Township makes application to county Open Space board

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CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – Township officials last week made a presentation to the Cape May County Open Space board seeking almost $1 million in funding to improve the football field at Caldwell Park in Palermo.

Officials have plans to install new football bleachers on either side of the field and repair the dilapidated press box. Better ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) access will be provided as well.


The biggest addition would be the installation of artificial turf at the football field, which is necessary because of the use it sees.

Township engineer Paul Dietrich said Upper Township’s presentation is one of three seeking funding in the current round of funding.

“Hopefully we will get the funding or at least a portion of it,” he said.

The artificial turf will allow for more activities at the field. Along with football, lacrosse and Challenger Sports activities could be held there, according to officials.

The Cape May County Open Space and Farmland Preservation Program opened up funding to recreation and historical preservation projects last year. Formerly, the money was available only for open space preservation.

More than $57 million has gone to preserving open space and farmlands in Cape May County over the past 20 years.

Last year, Upper Township was approved for $220,000 in Open Space money for improvements to Amanda’s Field. The township used the money to complete construction of three baseball fields there.

Dietrich said the township is applying for $960,000 in funding for a second round of Open Space money.


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