TOMS RIVER – Governor Murphy, the Kane family, and a bipartisan group of local leaders today visited and toured the future site of the “Toms River Field of Dreams”, a soon-to-be state-of-the-art, fully-accessible, three-acre outdoor complex designed specifically to include individuals with disabilities. The complex is supported with $400,000 in funding proposed by the Governor and included in the Fiscal Year 2022 Budget. The Governor was joined on his tour by Toms River High School North teacher Christian Kane, whose ten-year-old son Gavin sustained severe brain trauma from a car accident in 2012 and who has advocated for the completion of the complex for many years.
“It is an honor to stand here today with Christian, Mayor Hill, and Councilman Turnbach to celebrate the Toms River Field of Dreams,” said Governor Murphy. “A short time from now, this complex will be open to serve individuals of all ages and abilities, especially disabled folks with limited access to spaces like this. I am proud that we could be a part of making this dream a reality for Gavin and so many other individuals who are deserving of a fully accessible recreational space.”
“Mary and I are extremely thankful for Governor Murphy’s willingness to assist our project with $400,000,” said Christian Kane, Founder of the Toms River Field of Dreams Complex. “After the pandemic our foundation lost significant pledged donations for the construction phase of the project. This allocation allowed us to hire new companies to ensure our dream of building a fully inclusive complex for those of any age and ability in Monmouth, Ocean, and Burlington counties.”
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Behind every number in our budget is a New Jerseyan like Gavin Kane.— Governor Phil Murphy (@GovMurphy) July 30, 2021
Proud to join the Kane family to highlight our investment in the Toms River Field of Dreams. This complex will stand as a model of inclusion and accessibility, and a statement to the beauty of dreams. pic.twitter.com/PMFeHxczOH