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WEST WINDSOR, N.J.—Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes received the “Outstanding Parks Award” from the National Softball Association of New Jersey (NSA) on behalf of the Mercer County Park Commission.

“This award reinforces what the citizens of Mercer County already know and enjoy – that the facilities here at Mercer County Park are second to none,” began Hughes.  “Since taking office in 2004, this administration has invested in our active recreational facilities and expanded recreational programs to provide the best possible quality of life for the residents of Mercer County.”

The Mercer County Park Commission was nominated for the award by Bruce Bechtloff, New Jersey State Director for the NSA, and was awarded the recognition at the NSA’s National Convention this winter.  The award was given for outstanding softball fields and facilities at Mercer County Park.  Bechtloff attended today’s event to present the award to Hughes on behalf of the NSA.   

Mercer County boasts ten yearly recreational leagues with 2,100 players participating on 116 teams, Hughes noted.  Additionally, Mercer County Park is host to the annual Trentonian Softball Tournament, the second-largest softball tournament in the country, scheduled for the first and second weekends of August, involving 6,400 players.

“In addition to the investments that we’ve made to our already outstanding Park Commission facilities, Mercer County has increased the number of recreational programs and leagues available to county residents and created a recreation event hotline, all to promote active recreation,” continued Hughes.  “Our recently proposed matching grant program to our towns for recreational facilities promises to be an exciting way to help our municipalities expand our residents’ recreation options even further”.