In 2010 CAF launched a Brick Campaign to complete the Shunpike Field Complex Restoration Project, with a specific emphasis on helping to fund the lights for the field complex. This large scale undertaking was selected as the second 3-way partnership between the Chatham Athletic Foundation, Chatham Borough, and Chatham Township, after the successful completion of Lum Avenue Field in 2008. As with the Lum project, CAF made clear its preference that the project serve as many programs as possible, have a positive impact for the children of both towns and be able to reduce the stress on other fields in town.
To raise the funds needed to complete this extensive project, CAF launched a Brick Fundraising Campaign where the donated and customized bricks would be used to create a beautiful courtyard within the new field complex. Two brick sizes were offered and sold to individuals, families, teams, businesses and community organizations. Benches, dugouts and bleachers could also be named and donated as part of the fundraising campaign. Once again, the community rallied around these efforts making the Bricks Campaign a tremendous success and allowed CAF to meet its goal in the spring of 2011.
The final complex will have a completely new look with defined walkways, improved backstops and fencing, larger dugouts, larger bleachers and spectator areas. New fields will consist of a large turf field similar to Lum Avenue, two natural grass baseball fields and a full sided natural grass soccer field. The entire complex will also be lighted offering the community extended playing time and night game options. The improvements also involve excessive stormwater management controls including a new network of stormwater collection pipes and inlets, water quality treatment devices, and provisions for groundwater recharge and detention.
The Turf field is now complete and open for business with the grass fields scheduled to be ready in the Spring of 2012. Improved and increased parking will be available this fall and the official ribbon cutting for the new complex will take place September 10th.