A unique league will soon give children and adults of all abilities the chance to play baseball in Hamilton county.
This citizen led initiative will work with the Miracle League to construct their first ball park in Tennessee. Chip Henderson, Chattanooga City Council said, "I think its going to be a tremendous addition to what we offer here in Chattanooga."
Chattanooga City council gave the go ahead to build Tennessee's first miracle league field at Warner Park. Henderson said, "Its been shown that parents will drive up to an hour and two hours to participate in the miracle league and play on the field, so we expect it to be a big draw not only for Chattanooga, but from the surrounding cities." The field will be similar to the Miracle league field that was built in Whitfield county, Georgia two years ago. Henderson said, "It will be very similar. One of the features that ours will have is a handicap accessible playground for the kids there. For the community to be able to come and play. There will be a lots of shade."
Chattanooga's Director of Recreation for Youth and Family Development Greta Hayes says plan details are still flexible. Hayes said, "It could be anywhere from having a stadium type atmosphere like we have at Frost stadium to just having accessible bleachers. There could be bathrooms in the dugouts or there could not." Representatives say that this project is a citizen led initiative and roughly 10-million dollars will need to be raised for the facility and equipment. Henderson said, "You know the donations from people around Chattanooga is really what is going to fund this." Construction on the field could begin as early as October if enough funds are raised.
A campaign will kickoff in the coming days for those that would like to donate to the miracle field.