Jumpstart Commits to Miracle Park
The City of Windsor and Farrow Riverside Miracle Park Organizers are celebrating a funding windfall thanks to Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities.
Back in February of this year, the City in partnership with the Riverside Minor Baseball Association applied for a Jumpstart Accessibility Grant in hopes of securing financial support for some of the inclusive elements being installed at the Miracle Park within the Riverside Baseball Park.
Local officials have since learned that the application has been approved, and Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities is providing 354,000 dollars!
“Through Jumpstart’s Inclusive Play Project, the Charity is always looking for opportunities to help improve accessibility and inclusivity for kids across Canada. The Miracle Park Project embodies Jumpstart’s pursuit of inclusive play, with added features and improvements sure to expand the park’s impact beyond Windsor and the surrounding community for years to come.” – Scott Fraser, President, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities
The Riverside Minor Baseball Association has raised over 2 million dollars in private funding to help bring the dream of the Farrow Riverside Miracle Park to fruition and are further committed to contributing an additional 200,000 dollars to this project.
This spring, the City made upgrades totalling 1.5 million dollars to the existing on-site washroom facility with a complete remodel that included fully accessible washrooms and change rooms, and the City will spend another 150,000 dollars with Jumpstart to complete more work in the park.
“Partnerships, like the kind offered by Jumpstart and the Riverside Minor Baseball Association help to bring the community together to re-imagine our recreation spaces for the next generation of children and youth. For parents in Riverside, Miracle Park is providing safe and accessible play structures with new sporting facilities to become available in early 2021,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens.
The Jumpstart Accessibility Grant will help pay for:
- New pour in place rubber surfacing on the Miracle Diamond
- A new multi-use wellness track around the park
- 3 fully accessible baseball themed workout stations
- New bleachers with shade sails at the Miracle Diamond
- New accessible dugouts with player’s benches
- 4 covered accessible picnic tables
- 3 years of Miracle League Association membership fees
“Riverside Minor Baseball is honoured, excited and proud to partner with Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities and the City of Windsor in this grant award to provide opportunities for those with physical and cognitive challenges. The creation of the Park and Sport Field will be transformational and not just for the kids involved. We are changing the fabric of the community. We will be learning to see these players as kids with different abilities. It is an education for the entire community and then a lot of fun for the kids. The Jumpstart Grant will also allow us to concentrate our fundraising efforts to support our financial commitment to the other elements in the Farrow Riverside Miracle Park and the operation of the Miracle League of Riverside Baseball”, said Co-Chair’s Rick Farrow and Bill Kell.