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UCC Potential New Track Field Angering Residents

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Cranford, New Jersey (My9NJ) - If you’ve driven through Cranford, New Jersey lately you’ll see signs posted all over that read: “Stop flooding, stop UCC Field”. So what is that exactly? It’s a track field that Union County College wants to install for their new track program.

However, residents like Marlene Buckman think this field is a bad idea because it will cause flooding.

“Union County College is taking down 700 trees on about 4.7 acres and they’re gonna build a combination soccer and track field. Our biggest concern is just the proximity to the houses, all the noise, the environment. They’re taking down 700 beautiful trees, they’re 60 foot beautiful trees, there’s lots of wildlife here and we also have flooding concerns,” she explained.

The Vice President and Executive Assistant to the President of UCC, Dr. Stephen D. Nacco, said that this field will actually mitigate flooding problems in the area. He said the bigger issue here is that the college has a new track team and they did really well last year.

“We’ve spent two-and-a-half years looking throughout the county for something we can use. Right now our athletes are at ten different locations for practice or playing the games and so every home game is an away game,” he explained.

The school has been working on this problem since 2011 and right now they are pretty much out of all other options.


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