The Grand Opening for the Brax Stadium PPD Miracle Field and the Kiwanis Miracle Playground at Olsen Park took place on Saturday, August 3 in Wilmington.
The field has a special rubberized turf playing surface that enables individuals with mobility issues to participate in a variety of different sports. Bases are inlaid to allow participants utilizing wheelchairs and other mobility devices freedom to navigate. Unlike miracle fields in other parts of the country, the Wilmington field was built to accommodate adults as well as children. Users of the field include children from special education classes, nursing home residents, veterans programs participants including Wounded Warriors and Special Olympics athletes.
Adjacent to the Miracle Field is the Kiwanis Miracle Playground which is the largest accessible playground in the southeast. Earlier this year, 150 volunteers came out for playground build day. The playground was funded with a combination of Wilmington and New Hanover County bond funds, donations from the local Kiwanis Club and Wilmington Believes in Miracles campaign.
In addition to the Miracle Field and playground, the project includes a family restroom building and a fully accessible viewing stand.
History of the Project
The development of Olsen Park was a joint City of Wilmington/New Hanover County Parks and Greenspace bond project passed by the voters in 2006. The first phase of the project was the construction of 5 baseball/softball fields, parking, a picnic shelter, a concession building, infrastructure, roadways, landscaping and site amenities. Olsen Park is managed by the City of Wilmington.
Programming at the Miracle Field is managed by Access Wilmington (www.accessilm.org)