Challenger Miracle Field of Greater Rochester — home of Challenger baseball and other adaptive team sports — will hold a groundbreaking ceremony at noon Aug. 6 at Ridge Park, 1000 Ridge Road, Webster.
The field is designed for individuals with physical and/or cognitive challenges and will be made with a rubberized surface that is fully wheelchair accessible.
The project includes a pavilion, concession stand, parking, accessible restrooms and a Play with Possibilities Playground. The playground is the only one of its kind in Monroe County and will allow typically-developing children to play alongside those with disabilities with full accessibility and sensory benefits to create an inclusive, ADA-approved play space.
The organization has raised over $700,000 toward the $2 million project and will begin construction on the field this fall. The facility will serve all ages and all abilities, like Mary Roko, age 10; and Keira Roko, age 6, both born with arthrogryposis, a rare condition that affects the joints.
“Being part of Challenger Miracle Field provides us with a sense of community and support,” said mom Chaney. “And everyone — people with all sorts of disabilities, sensory needs, mobility issues, any kind of disability — will benefit from this.”
The event is free and open to the public. For more information or to make a gift, visit rochestermiraclefield.org.