Hilltop Park slated to receive a multipurpose turf field and upgraded lighting

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Hilltop Park in Princeton contains soccer, basketball, baseball and a skate park on March 17.

The plans continue for a multipurpose synthetic turf field and field lighting at Hilltop Park.

The Princeton Recreation Department is currently reviewing prospective engineering design firms for the project.

Hilltop Park is located across from the Princeton Community Village in Princeton. The 11.22-acre park on Bunn Drive contains a skate park, basketball court, grass soccer field, baseball field and playground.

According to officials, the Princeton Recreation Department, in coordination with the Princeton Engineering Department, propose to replace the existing grass soccer field with a multipurpose synthetic turf field for use as a soccer field, as well as a lacrosse field.

Officials added that additional proposed improvements include field lighting for the multipurpose field; upgrades to the existing baseball field lighting; pathway additions; and new fencing, benches and bleachers.

The proposed project at the park is estimated to cost between $1-1.5 million and will be aided by a Mercer At-Play Round 2 grant from the county.

The Mercer at Play grant allows municipalities to build or upgrade recreational facilities. The program was created by Mercer County Executive Brian Hughes.

He introduced the Mercer at Play program in 2006 to encourage new municipal recreational amenities for all ages.

That initial round of funding — $6.5 million in capital funds over three years – resulted in more than 30 projects across every municipality in the county, according to county officials.

The program was reauthorized in 2016, with $6 million in capital funds being made available.

The Mercer at Play 2 program allocates $500,000 for each township and $300,000 for boroughs.