The 49.44 acres of property known as the Madison Recreation Center (MRC) was acquired on December 23, 2008 at a cost of $13 million dollars from Rock-Florham LLC, thereby preventing commercial office development.
The Borough of Madison acquired the land using the Open Space, Recreation and Historic Preservation Trust Fund and envisioned the development of active and passive recreation facilities on the property.
The development of two synthetic turf fields that includes regulation size football, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, baseball and softball fields on the site was completed early in 2012 — on time and under budget. The entire site includes lights for night activities, a parking facility and a field house donated by the MAF. The turf fields are located in the area formerly known as “the pit” on approximately 10 of the 49 total acres of the MRC.
The Borough of Madison approved a $3.5 million dollar short term bond to fund the construction of the site. A detailed fundraising plan is in place and the MAF is already making interest and principal payments on the note.
Please see the Fundraising tab for details.