Midland Miracle Field - Middle of the Mitt Miracle League
What is a Miracle Field?
A wondrous thing is happening in Midland. In fact, it’s a MIRACLE. A Miracle Field, to be exact. A Miracle Field is a universally accessible soft surface baseball diamond that offers athletes of all ages with a cognitive or physical disability a safe and welcoming place to play ball without barriers. The rubberized surface of the 115’ diamond accommodates wheelchairs and assistive devices while helping to prevent injuries. And what’s more exciting is that each athlete is offered a community buddy, someone who assists athletes on the field as they bat, run the bases and field the ball, allowing parents and caretakers to cheer from the bleachers and enjoy the game. In a Miracle League game, everyone bats, everyone scores and everyone wins!
The Miracle Field is being built in Central Park in midtown, Midland. Cleverly named the Middle of the Mitt Miracle League, the league will be managed by the City’s Parks and Recreation Department and will offer a spring and fall league each year along with programs and special events. The total cost of this project is approximately $2.7 million dollars which includes $100,000 for an endowed maintenance fund.
We have achieved our fundraising goal for Phase 1 (field, dugouts, bleachers, accessible parking lot and restrooms) and we are seeking out the $500,000 needed to completely finish Phase 2 of the project (filling in hardscape areas, replacing the old parking lot, completing restroom facilities, concession area, play area and picnic shelter). The first phase of construction (field, dugouts, bleachers, accessible parking and restrooms) is nearly complete. We will play ball in spring of 2022!
Starting in spring 2022, the field will host the Middle of the Mitt Miracle League with players from Midland and surrounding communities. In addition to hosting Miracle League games, the field will also be the site of a variety of 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.