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Miracle League field plans moving forward

Posted: July 2, 2013 - 8:39pm

A handicapped accessible baseball field is closer to becoming a reality for Brainerd.

Officials are now seeking quotes for construction work for the Miracle League Field, which will take root at Bane Park.

Quotes are being sought for grading, an asphalt pad and walkway, fencing and the artificial surface for the field. In-kind donations are being requested as part of the bid process.

Widseth, Smith and Nolting is providing in-kind work for the design process.

“We’re getting very close,” said Brainerd Parks and Recreation Director Tony Sailer. “If the planets align right, we’re hoping to start construction (Sept. 1). That’s a big if. That said, we’re still seeking donations.”

About $142,000 of the needed $170,000 has been raised.

“We’re still hoping someone steps forward big time and helps out one way or another,” Sailer said.

Still, not everyone has heard of the field. Those who have, though, are in full support.

“It’s helping the disabled in our community,” Sailer said. “There’s far more (disabled people) than anyone can imagine. ... To me, this is going to be a glittering diamond in our parks system.”

■ Want to help?

Send tax-deductable donations to the Parks and Recreation Department at 1619 NE Washington Street, Brainerd.

Makes checks payable to the Miracle League.

JESSICA LARSEN may be reached at jessica.larsen@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5859. Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/brainerdnews.