Doug McCrory


Doug McCrory



July 29, 2022

Sen. McCrory, Rep. Gibson Applaud $650,000 for Youth Athletic Fields in Bloomfield

State Senator Doug McCrory and Rep. Bobby Gibson, members of the Bloomfield legislative delegation, celebrated the approval of $650,000 in state funding by Governor Lamont and the State Bond Commission for the installation of light fixtures that will allow the athletic fields at Bloomfield’s Park School Complex (330 Park Avenue) to be illuminated at night. This improvement to the community’s athletic fields will support youth sports during the fall season and enhance a safe recreational environment for young people.

“One of the most important things, we can do for our young people is to provide a safe, fun environment for them to hang out with friends while supporting their personal growth. I’m excited that we have secured this state funding. It will give Bloomfield’s youth athletic teams more opportunities to partake in the sports that they are incredibly passionate about and learn skills they’ll use as adults,” said Sen. McCrory. “Thank you to Governor Lamont, the State Bond Commission, Rep. Gibson, and Mayor Danielle Wong for their partnership on the project. It is a great day for Bloomfield’s young leaders and amazing student-athletes.”

Rep. Gibson said, “Youth sports hold a dear place in my heart. I know firsthand how participating in athletics as a student can sometimes make or break your academic outcome, and how you will learn important skills you can carry on into adulthood. I am excited and grateful to have secured this funding for Bloomfield because it will broaden the opportunities that our youth athletic teams can offer, providing our students with even more resources to better equip them for the future. I want to offer a sincere thank you to Governor Lamont, the Bonding Subcommittee Co-Chairs, and my Colleague, Sen. McCrory for their continued dedication toward this initiative.”

“Youth sports provide a valuable opportunity for not only recreation but also for socializing, and this state funding will help ensure that children in Bloomfield continue to have a location where they can engage in play and recreational activities,” said Governor Lamont, who serves as chairman of the State Bond Commission.

The light fixtures project is the result of public feedback and a commitment to enhancing recreation opportunities for Bloomfield’s youth. The installation of the lights across the several athletic fields – consisting of two full-size soccer fields, one multipurpose field, a softball field, and tennis/pickleball courts at the Park School Complex – will benefit the ability of the Bloomfield Junior Soccer Association, the Raiders Football & Cheer, and the Jr. Warhawks Football & Cheer teams to play during the fall season.

Further, the upgraded athletic fields will be a boost for overall community use by permitting multi-field use. This simultaneous field use will accommodate hundreds of youth and adults congregating at the Park School Complex.