After more than a decade of regular use by hundreds of mostly young and some adult athletes with disabilities, the rubberized asphalt playing surface of the Rotary Miracle Field needs significant repairs, the painted boundary lines for different sports have faded, and Rotary signage is weather-beaten and out of date per current RI logo design.
Maintaining the Miracle (Field) will bring skilled technicians from the manufacturer's headquarters to Kalispell to repair thousands of feet of opened seams and reattach the rubberized asphalt to its base.. Their work visit will be coordinated and overseen by longtime Rotarians whose decades of volunteer service includes founding Kidsports and bringing the dream of building a Miracle Field to the Rotary Club of Kalispell, which, under the leadership of RCK President Nancy Manning raised $275,000 of $325,000 needed to build the Field (the remaining $75,000 was gifted by an anonymous donor).
This project will benefit hundreds of local and out of area athletes (children and adults) and their families and friends who play seasonal sports or participate in Special Olympics and Miracle League tournaments each year.
The Rotary Miracle Field is situated on the Kidsports campus of playing fields, centrally located across State Highway 93 North from Flathead Valley Community College
Project funds will repair seams and re-attach the rubberized asphalt surface to the playing field base; repaint ball field boundary lines; replace worn and outdated Rotary Miracle Field signs to use the current RI logo; conduct a general cleanup of Miracle Field grounds; and host a grand "reopening" celebration with ball games and hot dogs on the grill.
Estimated expenses: $4500 for repair technician travel, accommodations, labor and materials; $250 for materials and labor to repaint playing field boundary lines; $300 for celebration refreshments and awards; $300 for new Rotary Miracle Field signs.
2-5 Rotarians will coordinate with repair team; 5-10 Rotarians will assist with general cleanup of Miracle Field grounds and auxiliary buildings (batting cage, bleachers and benches, restrooms, snack bar); 10 Rotarians will organize and run celebration games, awards, and cookout lunch.
Depending on availability of the technical team, we expect to complete the repairs and upgrades by early fall 2021 and hold our celebration in October 2021.