Miracle Park Continues Fundraising Efforts

12 Dec 2019

Businessman David Williams had the idea for a park in Rock Hill where young people with physical challenges could enjoy baseball and other sports in the same way others could enjoy such activities.

Warren Norman of development firm Warren Norman Co., who has a degree in special education, was an easy sell on the idea — which originated about three years ago.

On Wednesday, about 150 participants broke ground on the $8 million Miracle Park in Rock Hill, across the street from Winthrop University Coliseum. By summer or fall of 2020, the first playground and playing fields will be open for use. By 2023, the entire facility, complete with a retention pond that will double as a fishing pond, should be finished — that is if the remaining $4.3 million can be raised.

So far, all but $550,000 of the donations have come from the businesses and families. The city of Rock Hill kicked in that $550,000 amount on Wednesday as the ceremonies were held across the street from the site.

S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster was on hand at the event, noting that corporations decide to move to South Carolina because its residents value individuals and the contributions they can make to a community.  “They come to South Carolina for three reasons: the people, the people and the people,” McMaster says.

Winthrop University donated the land, located on Cherry Road in Rock Hill. “We really can’t see a better use for the land than what you’re seeing here,” says Dan Mahony, president of the university.

Josh Meyer, a Special Olympics champion weightlifter, encouraged the crowd Wednesday to complete the facility. “I am so excited for the opportunity for all kids,” he says. “Let’s build this playground!”

Source Charlotte Business Journal

Original Site Plan

 

RAD has been working with the York County Board of Disabilities Foundation to provide coordination and architectural design for the Miracle Park buildings. The project will include baseball fields, multi-purpose fields, and a playground all designed specifically for people with different abilities. The facility will host Miracle League Events which brings special needs children and adults together to compete in baseball and other sporting events.

For more information about this project and how to pledge a donation please visit:  www.miracleparkrockhill.com