Montgomery Park Repurposed & Rededicated to Ted Lubas

Posted on May 29, 2019

On Friday, May 17th Montgomery Township’s Theodore J. Lubas Memorial Field on Rt. 601 near Carrier Clinic was rededicated to the memory of Theodore J. “Ted” Lubas. A ribbon cutting was led by Deputy Mayor Catherine Gural, a standing plaque in Ted’s honor was unveiled, and a Township Committee resolution honoring Ted was presented to his family.

“I am honored to be here to celebrate the long history of service and involvement the Lubas family has had in Montgomery. We are so pleased to honor the memory of Theodore J. Lubas, who did so much for recreation in our town. The Township is proud to have made much-needed improvements to refresh this park and meet the needs of Montgomery residents today,” said Deputy Mayor Catherine Gural.

The park, which has full field lighting, has been revitalized and repurposed from a softball field to a multi-purpose field for reservation by residents or organizations for any field sport. A new playground and grill have also been installed and are once again getting plenty of visitors. There are parking spaces for approximately 30 cars.

“The field got heavy use by softball leagues in the 70s, 80s, and 90s. But the Recreation Committee knew we needed to make a change 5 years ago when we weren’t getting any softball reservations anymore. With the field now reconstructed and grassed and still offering night lighting, it is being used more often.  Our hope is that groups such as flag football, soccer, and lacrosse will utilize it for practices.  And, of course, it’s still good for a friendly game of softball!” said Recreation Director Karen Zimmerman.

Anyone wishing to make a reservation can call (609) 466-3023 or go to Montgomery Recreation Dept.’s webpage at: https://recreation.montgomery.nj.us/register/forms/

The park has a long history, originally being built by a community volunteer effort over 60 years ago. On December 23, 1970, the Township Committee renamed what was then known as “Carrier Park” to “Theodore J. Lubas Memorial Field” and dedicated the field in Ted’s memory on June 4, 1972.

Ted Lubas played a vital role in the history of Montgomery Township sports, serving on the Township Recreation Committee from 1953 to 1962. In the 1950’s, he established the Harlingen Elementary School softball team for inter-school games and the Montgomery men’s basketball team for competition in the Princeton League.  In addition he found the original “Montgomery Nine” baseball team in 1957, which competed in the Tri-County League, representing teams from Mercer, Middlesex and Somerset Counties. In later years, Ted founded Montgomery’s Independent Softball
League which consisted of eight local teams, leading to the development of the town’s youth recreational programs.

Bill Lubas concluded: “The Lubas family and friends are enthusiastic about Lubas Memorial Field’s revitalization and repurposing, wishing to see it remain a vibrant park in memory of my father Ted, whose name became synonymous with sports in Montgomery over the years.”

Cutting the ribbon on the rededication of Montgomery Township’s “Lubas Memorial Field” on Fri., 5/17, were (front row, left to right): Recreation Committee member Peter Willis (holding ribbon), Recreation Director Karen Zimmerman, Deputy Mayor Catherine Gural, her daughter Sadie, William “Bill” T. Lubas, a son of Theodore J. Lubas, and Recreation Committee member Amy Schaefer (holding ribbon). They are surrounded by many other members of the Lubas family and friends, among them several of Theodore J.’s children: former Montgomery Township Mayor Theodore “Ted” F. Lubas of Belle Mead, and daughter-in-law Beverly, the wife of Edward (deceased). The revitalized park has just received many improvements, including a multi-purpose sports field, and a new playground and grill. (photo credit: Barbara A. Preston – The Montgomery News)