To develop and support a quality, unique, inclusive and barrier-free baseball facility to support Winnipeg’s growing need for meaningful recreational experiences for children, youth and adults of ALL abilities especially those living with disabilities.
The new facility will encourage growth within baseball programs and provide a platform to impact persons of all abilities, including those living with disabilities, and their families as a whole, by providing a field and associated facilities that are safe, barrier-free and catered to specific needs, thus empowering all users through the organized sport of baseball. The facility would also offer a hub to promote physical literacy, the Long Term Athlete Development and The Performance Pathway models for athletes of ALL levels and abilities. This facility, perhaps most importantly, increases Winnipeg’s capacity for programming and with safety, inclusiveness and accessibility as the driving force, improves our community’s access to quality leisure facilities and programming for persons of all abilities.
· Flat and compact surface infield made with an artificial turf that is wheelchair/mobility device friendly. Bases and pitching mounds are integrated as graphic elements onto the surface so that there are no raised obstacles
· Dugouts that are covered to protect players from the elements and enlarged to accommodate the movements of wheelchairs and other mobility devices, providing the opportunity for all players to sit with their volunteers and teammates
· Accessible bullpens/batting cages that provide safe skill development.
· Bleacher/viewing areas would also be covered, accessible and enlarged to accommodate fans and volunteers with mobility concerns.
· Fencing around the field to serve as both a visual and a safety barrier for all players (and other spaces within the grounds)
· The ability to expand in-field base paths from 60’ to 70’-90’ and provide a portable pitching mound to maximize the user groups that may utilize the space.
The facility would mimic the design of a typical baseball diamond while contacting key elements that make it both safe and appropriate for players with disabilities. Although our project will be the first of its kind in Central Canada, we are inspired by the following similar projects:
We are very pleased to announce that the Manitoba Challenger Baseball Field of Dreams Committee and the management team at Norberry-Glenlee Community Centre are working together to form a partnership to bring this amazing one-of-a-kind facility to the grounds surrounding Norberry-Glenlee Community Center!
SPONSORS & SUPPORTERS
FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
Field of Dreams Committee Co-Chair
Ph: 204-803-8868 or Em: firstname.lastname@example.org