Windsor's Miracle Park Gets Fundraising Boost

A donation to the Farrow Riverside Miracle Park in east Windsor which has hit a foul ball.

A cheque worth $2,275 was presented Monday to the accessible baseball diamond and park project as part of proceeds raised during this past weekend's "Swim with Santa" at Adventure Bay.

Park Co-Chair Bill Kell says the money is desperately needed since the project has come across some soil issues during construction.

"It is a whole community project and this money is certainly going to help," says Kell.

As a result of the soil issues and some extra improvements to the original plan, the fundraising goal has jumped from $2.5-million to $3-million.

It has also delayed the opening of the park to August 2019,  from the original spring opening.

Kell says the opening will likely take place in the summer, instead of the spring.

"It has been delayed because of that [soil issues], and we have had some weather that we haven't been able to work this time of the year," he says  "We want to make sure that everything is correct and once we get going again with our contractor,  that we don't say it is going to be in the spring and then have to delay it again, so we are saying around August."

He says the soil issues weren't expected.

"We had to go down 6-feet and then fill that with crushed stone rather than the usual two to three feet, from the previous soils that were there and that type of thing."

So far, just over $2-million has been raised for the project which includes the accessible baseball diamond, a new recreation pathway, a fully accessible and inclusive children's playground and a relocated Cenotaph.