Brampton Field Of Dreams accessible baseball diamond ready for players


Published May 2, 2022 at 11:25 am

Brampton residents with accessibility needs have a new place to play ball.

The first of its kind in Brampton, the Field Of Dreams Accessible Baseball Diamond opened on Friday.

Located at 1305 Williams Pkwy, the diamond has accessibility and functionality features including an artificial turf infield, modified base paths, a shorter outfield, accessible players’ bench area and concrete access pathways to the field.

An accessible ramp and parking spots have been added to the Terry Miller Recreation Centre parking lot for people using the Field Of Dreams, and other features of the diamond include bleacher seating for fans behind home plate and four pitcher mounds for different user groups.

The city and Peel District School Board (PDSB) have been working to increase access to recreational amenities for both students and residents across Brampton, and the Field of Dreams is expected to be well used by community organisations like Challenger Baseball and Special Olympics.

Costs to build the new baseball diamond were split three ways between the PDSB, the City of Brampton and the Jays Care Foundation.

“We are excited to offer an inclusive and safe space for children of all abilities in Challenger Baseball to come together, stay active and have fun with other members of their community,” said Robert Witchel, executive director of Jays Care Foundation.

The diamond is close enough for students at Chinguacousy Secondary School to use and there is easy access to Highway 410, making the site convenient for all Brampton residents.

To book the Field Of Dreams baseball diamond, residents, sports groups and community organisations that require barrier-free facilities can contact the city’s sports field rentals unit at 905-874-BOOK (2665) or email [email protected].

Jays Care Foundation is the charitable arm of the Toronto Blue Jays and has invested over $10 million through Field Of Dreams to support the building or refurbishment of more than 100 diamonds and recreation spaces.

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