We’re moving on to the next step of our Miracle Park project now that Riverside Minor Baseball Association has officially signed a lease with the City of Windsor. On Oct. 16, 2017 councillors gave their stamp of approval and voted to lease the old Riverside Arena site to RMBA for $1 a year over the next 10 years. When that lease comes to an end, we can renew it for another 25 years to keep the Miracle Park dream alive.
Everyone involved in the project was thrilled to get the official go-ahead. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for us, a wonderful opportunity for the city, and now it lets us go forward with our fundraising campaign” said Miracle Park co-chair Bill Kell. The city’s endorsement means we can share our plans with the community and reach out to more donors and groups. About $750,000 of the $2.5 million has already been raised, but there’s lots of work still to be done.
The goal is to get the shovel in the ground by April or May of 2018 and launch the Miracle League in Riverside next September. Ultimately, the park will include the Miracle Diamond, an inclusive and accessible playground, a walking path and the relocated Riverside cenotaph.
“We could use your support” Kell told AM800 and its listeners after receiving the exciting news. You can provide that support by pledging today, by offering to help with fundraising or by attending our fundraising events.
Stay tuned for more updates as our project picks up steam!
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