Urbandale Miracle League Field

Nestled among standard little league fields at Northview Park in Urbandale, Iowa, a Miracle League Field slated for completion in Spring 2017 will help fulfill the needs of children and adults with special needs. More than 22,000 adults and 20,000 children with special needs live in the greater Des Moines area. Both Des Moines and Ankeny are currently home to Miracle League Fields, which can be found nationwide including Puerto Rico and Canada. Once complete, the Urbandale Miracle League Field will serve residents in the western Des Moines suburbs by offering both children and adults, who are unable to participate in mainstream recreational leagues, a chance to play.

Central to the design of Miracle League venues, the field will be made of a custom-designed, rubberized turf material that provides athletes with a flat, cushioned surface free of obstacles. An entrance feature designed to accommodate inspirational baseball quotes will also serve as a location for displaying donor information. Other improvements to Northview Park that will take place as part of the project include accessible parking, bus access, and an all-inclusive playground complete with a ZipKrooz® by Landscape Structures. In addition to softball and baseball, Urbandale plans to utilize the field to host kickball and other events for individuals of all ages and abilities.

Snyder & Associates, Inc. donated a variety of professional services to prepare design and construction documents for the park improvements. Fundraising to cover the $1.8 million project cost is currently underway, with just over half of the goal met. To help bring awareness to the project, Snyder & Associates created display boards on exhibit at Urbandale City Hall and Polk County Public Works. A 3-D model was also produced and used to create the informational video, which provides a virtual tour of the finished project.

Services Provided

Snyder & Associates has been an exceptional help with this unique project. Anticipating questions and needs during ongoing design and construction has been invaluable. Their attention to detail and level of interaction with all parties when needed has let us move forward quickly at the right times. Snyder & Associates knows what it takes to get this project from dream to reality and we are grateful we chose them to help us see it through.
- Robert Rice
Public Works Director, Polk County Public Works