Miracle Field work begins

Published 12:03 am Friday, December 14, 2012

Work has begun on the Miracle League field at Johnson Park.

On Thursday, employees with Hammer Down of Georgia were busy laying the rubberized floor for the project that will serve children with disabilities and support the city’s existing T-ball program. It is believed the program will benefit an estimated 400 players throughout Covington County.

Barbara Tyler, project coordinator, said the field should be completed in a week – weather permitting.

“It’s going to look like a traditional field,” Tyler said. “The infield is regulation size, and the outfield is maybe a little shorter than regulation size. It’s going to look fantastic when it’s finished.”

Tyler said families interested in participating in the Miracle League should contact Andalusia’s department of leisure services at 334-428-2106.

“We’re trying to keep a list of people who want to play, coach or be a buddy,” Tyler said. “The season will coincide with the regular ball season. Things are still a bit up in the air, but we’re shooting for (ML) registration to be somewhere at the end of February or the first part of March.”

Tyler said the hope is there is enough support for two teams.

“Then, we can do some friendly competition, and the teams in Troy have agreed to play us, as well,” she said.

The plan is to have one game per week, she said.

Tyler said project fundraising is still ongoing.

“We’re close to our ultimate goal, but we’re still a little short,” she said. “So, donations are welcome.”

Tyler said work on the special-needs playground will begin in February, with site prep work completed by the end of the month.

“The goal is to have a community build, where we set aside a week to come in and get things done after all the prep work is done,” she said. “Things are beginning to move along nicely.”

Those interested in making a donation may contact Tyler at 428-1127 or mail to Miracle League of Covington County, P.O. Box 1971, Andalusia, AL 36420.