The “Miracle” Workers:
When you’ve got a committed group of grassroots advocates and a City
Council willing to play ball, dreams really do come true!
Monday night a group of Save the Park and RMBA supporters went to City
Hall to lobby Councillors to approve our plan for a $2.4 million Miracle
Park on the site of the old Riverside Arena.
There was virtually no debate. Mayor Drew Dilkens and Councillors agreed, by a vote of 9-1,
that giving every kid a chance to play ball was the right thing to do.
They said yes to our Miracle Park.
Cheers rang out in Council Chambers and in the hallway outside, where an
overflow crowd was watching the scene unfold on a small closed-captioned
And so it begins, thanks to all of you, and thanks to a $500,000
donation by local businessman Rick Farrow. “Rick Farrow stepping up was
just the home run, the home run,” said Ward 6 Councillor Jo-Anne Gignac.
We owe Jo-Anne our deepest gratitude for convincing her fellow
Councillors that a Miracle Park in Riverside was more important than
building houses and storefronts, and for explaining that the field would
be available to children throughout the city.
RMBA past-president Bill Kell has been unwavering in his belief that
this project would become a reality, because Riverside families,
businesses and donors have worked so hard to make it happen. This is a
community that doesn’t take NO for an answer!
We’re off and running, and it won’t be long before construction begins.
Watch for further updates, and please … stay part of our team!
Miracle Field Communication Team