Ewing's Armstrong Park named 2016 ASA Complex of the Year
Release date: 11/1/2016
Armstrong Park to receive the 2016 Amateur Softball Association Softball Complex of the Year.
OKLAHOMA CITY — A history of hosting top-notch New Jersey ASA/USA Softball events has helped land Armstrong Park in Ewing, N.J. the 2016 Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball Complex of the Year presented by Stabilizer Solutions, Inc. Armstrong Park, operated by the Township of Ewing Recreation Department, will receive their award at the 85th ASA/USA Softball Annual Council Meeting in Shreveport, La. and will also receive approximately $2,000 in field maintenance products from Stabilizer Solutions.
“Congrats to Armstrong Park on winning the 2016 Complex of the Year award," said ASA/USA Softball Director of Championships Chris Sebren. "The Township of Ewing does a fantastic job of maintaining this elite facility and the hard work they put into the fields shows. Whether hosting a grassroots event, weekly leagues or a National Team tour stop, Armstrong Park offers its players, fans and umpires top-notch facilities and amenities.”
Previous award winners include Tyger River Park (Spartanburg, S.C.) in 2015, Arrowhead Park (Broken Arrow, Okla.) in 2014, Charlie McVay Complex (Roswell, N.M.) in 2013, the Botetourt Sports Complex (Botetourt County, Va.) in 2012, the James I. Moyer Sports Complex (Salem, Va.) in 2011, Veterans Park and Athletic Complex (College Station, Texas) in 2010, Heritage Park Softball Complex (St. Joseph, Mo.) in 2009, Twin Creeks Softball Complex (Woodstock, Ga.) in 2008 and Freedom Ridge Park Complex (Ridgeland, Miss.) in 2007. The Field of Dreams Complex (Las Cruces, N.M.) won the inaugural 2006 award.
Named after former seven-term Ewing Mayor C. Wesley Armstrong, Armstrong Park is home to three youth and two adult softball fields while also housing a t-ball field. With amenities such as bullpens for pitchers and catchers to warm up, outdoor batting cages and a press box for game day operations, Armstrong Park hosts a variety of events annually. In 2015, the USA Softball Women’s National Team held a tour stop at the park, where a packed crowd of over 3,735 fans enjoyed a doubleheader as the U.S. faced off against the New Jersey All-Stars.
“Our association is honored to accept this award on behalf of Ewing Township,” said USA Softball of New Jersey Commissioner Mike Warner. “They have welcomed us with open arms and continue to support our ASA/USA Softball programs each year. In 2017 and in a joint effort with USA Softball of New Jersey, we have plans on expanding the park and adding additional fields for future use. It's a very exciting time for our softball program in New Jersey and we owe a big part of that to the communities that show their overwhelming support.”
In 2016, Armstrong Park was the site of the Region 2 Qualifier for the 2016 ASA/USA Softball 14-Under Class A and Class B National Championship. Armstrong Park also hosted several elite youth fast pitch and adult slow pitch tournaments while also hosting the New Jersey Special Olympics Tournament in September. In addition to tournament play, Armstrong Park also holds weekly men’s and co-ed slow pitch leagues.
About ASA/USA Softball
Founded in 1933, the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball is the National Governing Body of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, ASA/USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than two million. ASA/USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won 10 World Championship titles as well as claimed eight World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about ASA/USA Softball, please visit http://www.asausasoftball.com/.