Gunnell Oval Recreational Complex Kearny, New Jersey

Gunnell Oval Finished Drove Shot 2
Gunnell Oval Construction
Gunnell Oval Finished Drone Shot 1
Gunnell Oval Before

Project at a Glance

Second Place – 2021 NJSME Municipal Project of the Year

Town of Kearny

Kearny, NJ

Services Provided:
Recreational Facility Design
Utilities Engineering
Construction Management
NJDEP & U.S. Army Corp of Engineers Permitting

Construction Value:
$23 million

Gunnell Oval Recreation Complex
Kearny, NJ

Neglia Group provided various engineering services to the newly renovated Gunnell Oval Recreational Complex, which consists of fourteen acres of multi-purpose artificial turf fields.  The complex now houses two softball fields, two t-ball fields, three little league baseball fields, two pony league & high school baseball fields with 50/70 conversion options, and six overlaid soccer fields with varying sizes that addresses all age groups from U6 through high school and adults. Aside from the artificial turf fields, the complex offers a playground, two outdoor fitness areas, two basketball courts, a volleyball court, and a tennis court.  Adjacent to the playground is a picnic area and a two-story concession & broadcasting building with restroom facilities.  The volleyball court also has a nearby one-story storage building with restroom facilities. The existing skate park has remained a part of the complex.  A complete looping walkway has been constructed along the outer perimeter of the inner oval, along with interior walkways for full access to the different fields and amenities.  Sports lights have been constructed for all the fields within the inner oval and site lights have been constructed along all walkways, driveways, and parking areas.   Another key component of the project is the new stormwater pumping station located in the southeastern portion of the site which will drain the entire facility, along with East Midland Avenue, and discharge the stormwater directly into the Kearny Marsh.