Bring on the snow cones! Until now, not everyone could enjoy America's favorite summer past-time in Lake County. However, the opening of a special new field has created new opportunities.
The Miracle Field at Lake Idamere Park, opening this Saturday, features a custom-designed, cushioned, synthetic surface that can accommodate wheelchairs and other assistive devices, allowing persons with mental and physical disabilities the opportunity to play baseball or traverse the five-lane track.
New additions to the Miracle Field include pavilions, shade structures, spectator bleachers, benches and picnic tables. The field is directly next to Lake Idamere Park’s Boundless Playground, a unique play area created to assure that children with special needs are able to play in a safe space.
“At the Miracle Field of Lake County, children and adults who use wheelchairs, crutches or walkers, will be able to enjoy playing America’s favorite pastime, a dream many with physical challenges are not able to realize at a traditional baseball field,” said Bobby Bonilla, Division Manager of Lake County Parks & Trails.
The field was made possible with the support of the Lake County Board of County Commissioners and funding through the penny sales tax, a state grant, the Miracle League Fundraising Committee and the Education Foundation of Lake County, at a total cost of $640,000.
“To be able to put a smile on their face, and in some small way improve their quality of life, even for only a couple of hours at a time, means more than anything money could ever buy. I am so very proud of Lake County and the individuals who stepped up and made the commitment to making this facility a reality,” said Tony Ferris, president of the Miracle League of South Lake County. The first Miracle League field opened in Conyers, Georgia in April 2000, and today, there are more than 240 such fields across the country serving 200,000 children and adults.
The Miracle Field's ribbon cutting ceremony is planned for Saturday, March 12 at 9 a.m. at Lake Idamere Park at 12335 County Road 448, Tavares. For more information contact call 352-253-4950 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.