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.