A Miracle League player in Des Moines, Iowa (WHO-TV).
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The West Michigan Miracle League is almost ready to open for business.
After a year and half of planning and fundraising, director Tony Comden says the League has enough funds to begin construction this spring and begin play on or around September 21.
Comden says more than $600,000 has been donated and pledged. Construction costs are about $540,000. Reserve funds will be used for operational costs in future years.
The field is an expensive one to build. 15,000 square feet of a special surface must be installed to allow children with walkers and wheelchairs to play. The cost is more than $100,000. Other expenses include a sidewalk, asphalt pavement, a family toilet, metal roof dugouts, and landscaping.
The Miracle Field will be part of the Art Van Sports Complex on Ten Mile Road in Plainfield Township.
Miracle League National Project Director Johnny Franklin was in Grand Rapids Thursday to meet with developers and tour the site. "There are so many positives that come out of being with the Miracle League," Franklin told WZZM. "The spirit of the people involved. The hearts, the generosity. It's obvious that you have great people running the organization and a great community supporting it and funding it. I've already asked if I can copy it (the West Michigan Miracle League's project plan) and use it in other places as well."
To learn more about the West Michigan Miracle League visit its website.
WZZM 13 Sports Director Tom Clyde is a member of the board of directors for the West Michigan Miracle League.