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Improvements On Deck For Midland Park Recreation Field

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MIDLAND PARK, N.J. — The Johnny Vander Meer baseball field renovation project will be in full swing come 2016.

The $250,000 project will close the Dairy Street field for one year while a new grass field, baseball dugouts, lighting and foul poles are installed, northjersey.com reported.

The Borough Council at its Oct. 8 meeting approved a $10,000 proposal for a survey and drawing of specifications from the borough's engineering firm.

The project is being funded by the borough's open space grant fund, which has $207,000 in the account not including funds from property taxes, northjersey.com said. The borough will also apply for an open space grant from the county.

Midland Park this summer completed a $108,800 improvement project at the field, installing a retaining wall, sidewalk and fence, northjersey.com said.The pitcher for whom the field was named, Johnny Vander Meer, was the only major league baseball pitcher to ever throw back-to-back no-hitters. He lived for many years in Midland Park and would have turned 101 on Sunday.

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