Blanchard Valley Health System Miracle Park, a $1.35 million baseball field and playground for all abilities— is slated to open on Aug. 20 in Findlay.
Named in appreciation of its lead donor, Blanchard Valley Health System, Miracle Park will be made up of the Miracle Field baseball facility and Miracle Playground, located at the Marathon Diamonds near the Cube off North Main Street and County Road 99. The undertaking is a Fields for All Project, which aims to provide communities with recreational and sports facilities suitable for use by those of all ability levels.
“I’m delighted that our organization has stepped up as the title sponsor of the Blanchard Valley Health System Miracle Park,” said Scott Malaney, president and CEO of BVHS. “It’s our honor to be a part of something that will be a dream come true for those with special needs.”
Opening Day festivities begin at noon with a hot dog lunch catered by Bob Evans and Dietsch Brothers ice cream, followed by speakers and a 1:30pm ribbon-cutting ceremony. Six Miracle League baseball teams from the region are scheduled to play at 2pm.
A field for all
Miracle Field Baseball facilities have “adaptive gizmos” to facilitate batting and running between bases, Malaney said. Dugouts will be wheelchair accessible. The field itself will be made of a flat, rubberized surface suitable for use with wheelchairs, walkers, and canes.
Miracle Playground will be similarly accessible and contain sensory equipment and ramps. In the end, the hope is to create an inclusive recreational area where families can bring children of all ability levels to play together.
Big League Support
The MLB Cleveland Indians have signed on as sponsors, allowing Miracle Field use of their logo. The Indians also have offered Miracle League players club seats at three Indians home games, as well as on-field batting practice with Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor.
The completed Fields for All will be owned by the city— which has agreed to fund construction of on-site restrooms with the opportunity to rent-out the park for special events. Donations from the community are still being sought for “extras,” such as fencing and shade covering.