Tennis courts project hearing to be held

Not immune to pandemic price hikes and record-high inflation, Bloomingdale officials want Passaic County’s permission to repurpose open space funding to pay for a long-delayed project.

Passaic County officials agreed to schedule an April 12 public hearing to field comments on shifting a $125,000 grant earmarked for DeLazier Field to help rehabilitate the tennis courts at Walter T. Bergen Middle School.

Mayor John D’Amato said the estimated cost for the rehabilitation of the tennis courts has more than doubled since a pre-COVID quote. The decision is to prioritize that project regardless, he said.

“The tennis courts and the pickleball and all that stuff, we feel the entire community would benefit from that versus two bathrooms at DeLazier,” he said.

The project, including new asphalt, netting, lighting and striping, was estimated in June 2019 to cost about $163,000, records show. Passaic County officials subsequently granted $99,000 for the project. The funding has sat idle amid the pandemic.

Bloomingdale Borough officials want to rehabilitate and add lighting to the tennis courts at the town's Walter T. Bergen Middle School, but a recent price hike has them going to the county to request a grant reallocation.

The borough received the money for tennis courts from the county’s 2019 open space grant program. The $125,000 was awarded from the 2020/21 program for bathroom renovations and further grandstand renovations at DeLazier Field.

DeLazier Field dates to the 1940s. Hemmed in by a suburban neighborhood hugging Union Avenue, the field was the home of the Bloomingdale Troopers.

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