Challenger Miracle Field of Greater Rochester is more than a field. We are an experience, resource and organization for all Greater Rochester in Upstate, New York which includes our physical space and our Challenger Athletic Programs. 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.
The Challenger Miracle Field location project is broken down into three phases:
PHASE 1: Challenger Miracle Field
Specifically designed for individuals with physical and/or cognitive challenges, the field 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 and the dugouts are enlarged to accommodate wheelchairs and other apparatus.
PHASE 2: Pavilion with fully accessible ADA-compliant restrooms and concession stands
Adjacent to the field is a new concession building. Encompassing the building is a structure containing fully accessible ADA-compliant restrooms and concession stands. Additionally there is a pavilion will provide cover from inclement-weather and shade, and has 12 wheelchair accessible picnic tables (Created and designed by the Webster Schroeder Geo-Tech Class) 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, baseball or soccer.
PHASE 3: The Karpus Family Playground
The only one of its kind in Monroe County – will allow typically developing children to play alongside those with disabilities. Fully accessible with 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, transfer points, and sensory-rich play opportunities throughout so that the play space is friendly to all children and parents as well as other caregivers, such as grandparents and service animals.
The enthusiasm and determination of dedicated volunteers, community leaders, coaches and families have dreamt big and worked hard to get this project off the ground. However, it doesn’t end here: check out the many ways you can get involved.
The entire project – field, concessions, restrooms, pavilion and playground - will cost approximately $2 Million. Additionally, we will need to maintain the facility and continue to program for our challenger players. If you are interested in contributing to support the project please make a donation here: