Middle of the Mitt Miracle Field
Update: MEDC Crowdfunding Campaign Earns $100,000 for the Miracle Field
Thanks to the generosity of the Midland community and donors throughout the state, the Midland Miracle Field has raised $100,000 towards construction of the field.
The first $50,000 was contributed by community members, with the second $50,000 coming as a matching grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)’s "Public Spaces, Community Places" program.
Said Director of Public Services Karen Murphy of the achievement: “Our organization has been overwhelmed by the incredible generosity of not only the Midland community, but the entire Great Lakes Bay Region and our friends and partners throughout the state. We are so grateful to the many businesses and individuals who have fallen in love with this project and pledged their support to making the Miracle Field a reality for children, adults, and families in our area. Thank you!”
To date, we’ve received $1.25 million of the $1.6 million needed to construct the Miracle Field. We will continue to receive donations from the community to fill the remaining $350,000 fund balance. Donations can be made online via the Midland Area Community Foundation via the "Donate Now" button above or via cash or check at the Midland Area Community Foundation to the "Central Park Miracle Field Fund".
Making Miracles Happen in Midland!
At the April 2, 2019 Parks & Recreation Commission meeting, the City of Midland Parks and Recreation Department announced plans for the creation of a Miracle Field in the City’s Central Park. A Miracle Field is a fully accessible soft-surface baseball field for athletes of all ages with physical and cognitive disabilities. The field will be designed as a poured-rubber, barrier-free surface to provide a safe, fully-accessible place for children with physical or cognitive disabilities to play baseball.
Once completed, the field will host the Middle of the Mitt Miracle League with players from Midland, Isabella, Clare, and Gladwin counties eligible to participate in both spring and fall schedules. In addition to hosting Miracle League games, the field will also be the site of a variety of other activities, including movie nights, veterans’ programs, holiday-themed activities, and other community programs. Restrooms and other amenities will also be available to be used by park visitors, concertgoers to the Central Park Bandshell, players on the Central Park pickle ball courts, and more.
Construction of the field, parking lot areas, restrooms, concessions, and other amenities is scheduled to begin in April with an estimated completion date in Fall 2020. Total cost of the project is estimated at $1.6 million, including a $100,000 endowment fund for future maintenance needs.
What a Miracle Field Means to Me - Carson
Carson loves baseball. Carson also has cerebral palsy, which makes playing baseball on a regular ball diamond very difficult. The Midland Miracle Field will give Carson and other kids with physical or cognitive disabilities a place to play baseball in a safe, barrier-free environment! Watch the video to hear from Carson about what having a Miracle Field in Midland would mean to him.
What is a Miracle League?
The Miracle League program is open to children and adults with physical and intellectual disabilities who want to play baseball! In a Miracle League game, every player hits, runs, and scores, and all players are "buddied" up with volunteer members of the community for each game. Buddies assist with the fundamentals of the game and help foster peer relationships - and have a great time, too!
Check out The Miracle League for more information on this amazing program.
How can I get involved?
Donate Your Dollars
On February 4, 2020, City Parks and Recreation launched a $50,000 crowdfunding initiative for the public to support the Miracle Field project. As a participant in the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC)’s Public Spaces Community Places program, the campaign will receive a matching $50,000 grant from the MEDC if the campaign reaches its funding goal, totaling $100,000 - essentially doubling your donation! Click the button below to be directed to the donation page.
Donations can be made to the crowdfunding campaign through Friday, April 3, 2020.Donations made by cash or check should be directed to the Midland Area Community Foundation and the "Central Park Miracle Field Fund", which can be processed by mail or in person.
Volunteer or Sign Up as an Athlete
In addition to monetary support, you can help the Middle of the Mitt Miracle League by following the Middle of the Mitt Miracle League on Facebook and by signing up to volunteer, participate as an athlete, or help with ongoing maintenance and construction activities! Click the black button below for involvement opportunities that do not involve monetary donations.
Generous donations by community partners have have put the project over the $1,100,000 mark to fund initial construction! Thank you to these community partners for their support of the Middle of the Mitt Miracle League:
- Charles J. Strosacker Foundation
- Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation
- Midland Area Community Foundation
- Michigan Baseball Foundation
- MidMichigan Medical Center-Midland
- Midland 100 Club Members
- Patricia and David Kepler Foundation
- Davis Family Endowment
Parks and Recreation continues to seek additional outside funding from local businesses and organizations who want to sponsor the Miracle Field. Click on the sponsorship brochure below to download more information on sponsorship packages.