A ceremony was held to officially open and cut the ribbon on the Miracle League Field on Sunday.
Volunteers labored through temperatures in the mid 80's Friday to complete work on a Fairfield baseball park built especially for special needs children and adults.
Kim Nuxhall, son of the late legendary Reds pitcher Joe Nuxhall, says the Miracle League Field is the product of countless volunteers and donations of building materials. "My dad would say 'You've got to be kidding me,' said Nuxhall. " I think he just wouldn't believe it how this community and the people have stepped up in this project. Its remarkable."
Nuxhall says plans for the ballpark began six years ago. "We're here in the middle of a corn field and its got that field of dreams feel to it, but our goal is to make special memories for special needs kids."
Nuxhall says it's a goal that's near and dear to his family. "Dad always...I believe felt a deep feeling of gratitude for the gift he had, the privilege of being a major league baseball player and I think that gave him a lot of empathy and compassion for those that weren't able to.
Rick Bush with Laborers local 534 says he donated his time just because. "It's a good cause, I mean for the handicapped out here playing ball. Its a wheelchair accessible field."
General contractor Cliff Bown says accessibility is the name of the game at Miracle League Field which has a rubberized surface and a digital scoreboard. Bown says the goal is to give the special ball players an unforgettable experience. "When you see them kids play tears are streaming down your cheeks. I mean it's absolutely incredible. I cannot wait to see that take place out here."
Nuxhall says the state of the art ball field is built for comfort and convenience. "We have stadium seating for the parents to sit in just like Great American Ballpark, we have electrical outlets. If they need to plug in a wheelchair they won't have to travel more than 20 feet. we have a family restroom with a shower in it should the need arise."
It's estimated that $2 million in labor and materials have been donated.