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Two Oradell Little League Fields Getting 'Needed' Improvements

Several improvements are being added to two Oradell little league baseball fields. Photo Credit: Rob Monaco
Former Oradell resident Chris Barnes, bottom row second from left, played Tanner "Bad News Bears." This 1974 little league team played at Hoffman Field. Photo Credit: Jay Haviland
Oradell's little league baseball players will soon have two, new fields to play on. Photo Credit: Rob Monaco

ORADELL, N.J. — Oradell officials and community members are taking the first swing at renovations to two little league baseball fields — both set to reopen in less than two weeks.


Hoffman Field will reopen in just over a week after being closed for renovations since late August.

Spearheaded by Councilman Michael Staff, a $40,000 open space grant and approximately $100,000 taxpayer dollars funded the improvements to Hoffman Field which include:

- a new drainage system in the infield

-a Cooperstown-approved pitcher's mound

-a knee wall along the back of the field and new bleachers

-a fixed-lip in the infield

-a new handicapped parking spot near the base of the field

-a concrete a path leading from the parking lot to the field.

-seeding of the outfield in Spring 2016

Staff hopes to host tournaments at the U9, U10 and U11 little league baseball field.

"A lot of work went into this big project — bringing Hoffman field forward and modernizing it and getting better usage out of it," he said. "It really needed it... it was tired."


Muehleck Field will be closed Nov. 7 while the field is ripped up and re-sodded. The sod being laid is the same sod that was used in Yankee Stadium — East Coast Sod — longtime Oradell resident and project organizer Jay Haviland said.

Haviland and other parents of the borough's U12, U13 and U14 little league teams raised $6,000 for improvements to the Muehleck Little League Field.

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