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Thursday, September 29 2016 @ 09:34 AM EDT

Paramus Awarded U.S. Soccer Foundation Grant

Funds will go toward the installation of synthetic turf soccer field at East Brook Middle School

(PARAMUS) - The Borough of Paramus is proud to announce it has been awarded approximately $62,370 in grant funding, through the U.S. Soccer Foundation, which will be allocated towards the installation of a synthetic turf soccer field at the East Brook Middle School. The Borough of Paramus is one step closer to achieving its goal of adding an additional synthetic turf field to its open space inventory as a result of receiving this grant award. Officially notified in May 2014, Paramus is one of ten municipalities in the United States to receive a grant through the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s 2014 Safe Places to Play Grant Program.

“Our number one goal as a municipality is to provide the highest level of government services while yielding the lowest level of financial impact on municipal taxpayers” said Mayor Richard La Barbiera. “The provision of this grant award will provide the Borough with the necessary funding to complete this project in a cost effective manner.”

The Borough plans to couple the $62,370 U.S. Soccer Foundation Safe Places to Play Grant with an $83,626 Bergen County Open Space Municipal Park Improvement Grant it had also received in order to offset the costs associated with completing this project.

The proposed project came in response to the growing size of Paramus’s existing soccer programs. The Mayor and Council recognized that with over 1,200 children participating in the Borough’s recreation sponsored soccer programming annually, the need for this facility was present.

“Soccer is one of the fastest growing sports within Paramus,” said Mayor Richard La Barbiera. “As a result, it is the Borough’s obligation to ensure that we are providing ample facilities so our programs can continue to grow in an effective and efficient manner.”

The application that was submitted was specifically geared towards obtaining additional funding in order to offset the cost of constructing the proposed synthetic turf soccer field at the Middle School.   

by Mel Fabrikant

Mel is a longtime Paramus resident and has belonged to many Paramus organizations. He is responsible for bringing the Scholarship Show to town and seeing to it that the initial presentation went over well. His five offspring were brought up through the Paramus school system. In addition, he is a longtime Paramus Rotary member.

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