A groundbreaking ceremony to officially begin construction of a Miracle Field and Kiwanis Playground was held on June 15 at Olsen Park.
About the Project
The goal of the Miracle Field and Kiwanis Miracle Playground at Olsen Park is to offer dedicated space to play sports, promoting physical activity, camaraderie and teamwork for children and adults with disabilities, as well as for volunteers, family and spectators. The field will be accessible to all children and adults. The Miracle Field will have a rubber, non-latex surface that is safe and accessible for people with mobility difficulties. Bases are inlaid to allow wheelchairs and other mobility devices freedom to navigate without obstruction. Other users would be special education classes, nursing homes, veterans' programs and Special Olympics athletes. In addition to the Miracle Field, the project includes a playground large enough to accommodate over 150 children at one time.
The majority of funding for the Miracle Field comes from private donations and the donation of services from local contractors. The Wilmington Believes in Miracles Campaign has set a fundraising goal of $1.2 million for the design, permitting and construction of the field, playground, and associated site amenities.
The Wilmington Kiwanis Club has contributed $75,000 toward the playground to date, in addition to the $75,000 from the 2006 Parks & Greenspace Bond that was allocated for the playground. So far, the Miracle campaign has reached approximately 90% of their goal and the Kiwanis Club has reached their goal.
Construction is expected to be complete this fall.
Call 341-3237 or visit miracleleaguewilm.org for more information.
Visit the Olsen Park web page.