Challenger Miracle Field will be located on a 5-acre site at the Ridge Park Athletic Complex, generously donated by the Town of Webster via an in-kind land lease. It is centrally located in the northeast part of Monroe County and is accessible by highway. Ridge Park, located at 1000 Ridge Road in Webster (adjacent to Webster Town Hall), currently consists of 8 softball fields, bathrooms (open mid-April through mid-October), a pavilion, and a playground, and is home to WAA Softball.
Adjacent to the field will be a pavilion, fully accessible ADA-compliant restrooms and concession stands. The facility is accessible via public transportation and para-transit lines.
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The field has been specifically designed for individuals with physical and or cognitive challenges. It is made with a rubberized surface that is fully wheelchair accessible. Bases and pitching mounds are painted onto the surface so that there are no raised obstacles that you would find on a typical baseball field. The dugouts are enlarged to accommodate wheelchairs and other apparatus. The base path, pitching and outfield fence distances are a bit shorter than a typical Little League field.
The design will mimic that of a typical Little League field while containing key elements that make it both safe and appropriate for disabled children and adults. The baseball portion of the field will be 130' from home plate to the outfield fence and will feature a 10,000-square-foot rectangular field to accommodate other sports such as football and basketball. The outfield fence will be removable from center field to left field in order to open the field to a maximum size 150' x 70'. Future plans for the field to be lighted will allow for play and other events to occur after dusk.
Play with Possibilities Playground
Equally essential to the project will be the new, barrier-free play space and adaptive playground to be located adjacent to the Miracle Field. The Play with Possibilities playground – the only one of its kind in Monroe County – will allow typically developing children to play alongside those with disabilities with full accessibility and sensory benefits to create a truly inclusive, ADA-approved play space.
All kids will be able to participate in elevated and ground-level play, with ramps and transfer points throughout the playground to allow children of all abilities to engage. The new playground will integrate a variety of play opportunities to allow children to explore and develop, using all their senses, including the sensations of touch, movement, body awareness, vision and hearing while supporting motor planning and social play experiences. The play space is designed to feel like a cohesive community where accessible and sensory-rich play opportunities are located in the midst of all the action so that the play space is friendly to all children and parents as well as other caregivers, such as grandparents, and service animals.
The Challenger Miracle Field will feature fully accessible dugouts, and bleachers for family and other spectators to use during game play. Adjacent to the field will be a 34’ x 104’ pavilion, encompassing a 30’ x 36’ structure containing fully accessible ADA-compliant restrooms and concession stands. The pavilion will provide cover from inclement-weather and shade, and will feature wheelchair accessible picnic tables to create a truly inclusive space where families can enjoy a meal, engage in organized recreation activities or use the field to play team sports such as flag football, basketball or soccer.