It√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s official√¢‚Ç¨¬¶a vote by the Board of School Estimate Tuesday night squashed the million dollar basball park renovation at Montclair√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s Woodman Field. More than 30 trees, some dating to the 1850√¢‚Ç¨‚Ñ¢s, were saved in the process. The decision follows a recommendation from Mayor Ed Remsen Monday night to postpone ballfield improvements. √¢‚Ç¨≈ìA triumph of reason over extraordinary pressure,√¢‚Ç¨¬ù said Carl Kraus, one of many Champlain Terrace residents opposing the project. From The Star Ledger:
People opposed to the size and cost of the ballfield packed public hearings on the budget, citing such works of literature as the Dr. Seuss book “The Lorax,” a children’s tale in which the greedy Once-ler destroys a beautiful environment. The pleas did not fall on deaf ears.”It’s pretty remarkable that they were turned around,” Kraus said. “And I think it was led by the mayor, who had really searched himself.” The mayor is a baseball coach and an avid Yankees fan.
The makeover would have included a 40-foot fence, said to be taller than the left-field wall at Boston’s Fenway Park.
The ballfield still might undergo a renovation of some kind. “Whatever is done will be done in consultation with the residents,” Remsen said.