Joyce Kilmer Park Home to New Futsal Court
New Brunswick Mayor Jim Cahill (L) with soccer great and Middlesex County native Tim Howard at the opening of the new futsal court at Joyce Kilmer Park.
NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ (January 20, 2021) – The artificial turf doesn’t have the same smell as fresh-cut grass, but the surface of the new futsal court, officially opened on Tuesday in Joyce Kilmer Park, will provide years of fun and enjoyment for New Brunswick athletes of all ages and skill levels.
Funding for the new court came from the Somerset County-based Players Development Academy (PDA). According to the organization’s website, the objective of the PDA is to provide a year-round soccer training program that will develop players to their greatest potential, focusing on top-quality instruction and exposure to the highest levels of competition.
Among the dignitaries present for Tuesday’s opening of the new court was New Brunswick Mayor Jim Cahill, soccer great and Middlesex County native Tim Howard, former NBA standout Randy Foye, and the PDA’s Boys Director of Coaching for the last 20 years Gerry McKeown.
“This is a fantastic day for the City of New Brunswick,” remarked Mayor Cahill. “Thanks to the Players Development Academy, (this facility) provides an opportunity for people of all ages to practice, hone their skills, learn the craft, get outside, become healthier and be energetic in their leisure-time activities. It’s a great opportunity for us.”
When asked what the new court meant for the City’s children, The Mayor complimented the facility’s amenities and ease-of-use. “It is something you can get in, you can kick the ball around, you can be efficient in your practices, and you can really sharpen your skills and learn the game without being on a very large field.”
The new court in New Brunswick is among a number of facilities that have been or will be built in several New Jersey cities, all at the expense of the PDA.
Use of the new futsal court is on a first-come, first-served basis and is governed by the existing rules of all other New Brunswick City parks.To learn more about all of the City of New Brunswick’s parks and gardens, visit www.cityofnewbrunswick.org/NBParks