Little Silver playing fields will get an upgrade in the fall when the borough begins to install irrigation wells to improve grass conditions, according to the borough's recreation director.
Wells will be installed to water fields at Point Road School and Little Silver Firehouse, according to Recreation Director Doug Glassmacher, as well as the plantings at Memorial Park along Prospect Avenue.
"Over the past few years, recreation participation has increased significantly," said Glassmacher. "We have more participants than ever before."
The borough has budgeted $58,000 for the new irrigation system, according to Little Silver Borough Administrator Helen Gormley, adding that the wells cost $29,400 to install.
Glassmacher said the wells were not only a long-term investment but would allow the borough to create a better playing turf on those fields.
"It's a simple formula: You need the irrigation system to grow great grass," said Glassmacher, adding that well-fed sprinkler systems are already in place to water Sickles, borough and library fields.
"We are generally considered to have great fields," said Glassmacher of the borough, "and this just continues it."