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Redevelopment of Windsor sports park nearing completion; grand opening set for May

Project is a fully accessible sports hub


November 10, 2021
By Turf & Rec

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The grand opening of Windsor, Ont.’s Farrow Riverside Miracle Park has been set for May 14, 2022. Redevelopment of the sports park is nearing completion.

The project was spearheaded by the Riverside Minor Baseball Association and approved by city council in 2017. It transformed the former Riverside Arena property into a modern, inclusive outdoor community hub featuring diverse recreation and sports facilities that are fully accessible to visitors of all ages and abilities.

The city invested about $1.9 million toward the project while additional funding was provided by such other groups as the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, Solcz Family Foundation, Toldo Foundation, Moramos Shrine Club of Windsor and Ontario Trillium Foundation. Coun. Jo-Anne Gignac also contributed $100,000 in ward funds to support the project.

Park enhancements include:

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  • A new 700-metre, fully accessible wellness track along the perimeter of the north baseball diamond
  • Windsor’s first fully accessible outdoor workout equipment (three distinct stations)
  • Aluminum bleachers with guard rails and notches for wheelchair seating
  • Sun shade structures
  • Players’ benches for the Miracle and north baseball diamonds
  • New dugouts for the north baseball diamond
  • Six picnic tables

Upgrades made last year included:

  • Installation of rubberized surface to the Miracle Diamond
  • Centennial Pool upgrades, including the construction of new interior and exterior accessible washrooms with adult change tables, family change room, new shower facilities, new office and lobby area, and upgraded plumbing and electrical equipment

“The transformation of the Farrow Riverside Miracle Park has added new vitality to one of Windsor’s most historic neighbourhoods,” Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkins said. “The park has quickly become one of Windsor’s biggest attractions for outdoor recreation for visitors of all ages and abilities, and more improvements are still to come. This fall, we are adding the new Toldo Foundation accessible wellness trail, finishing the landscaping around the new exercise stations and adding finishing touches to the baseball diamonds in time for the grand opening next May. These improvements would not have been possible without the full support of our community, and I thank the Riverside Minor Baseball Association and steering committee members for their leadership in bringing this project to fruition.”

All construction is expected to be completed in time for the official grand opening ceremony in May. This will kick off Windsor’s inaugural Miracle League baseball season; celebrate the project’s completion; and pay tribute to the many community residents, philanthropists and partners who contributed to the revitalization of the historic park located in the heart of Riverside.

For more information about the Farrow Riverside Miracle Park, click here.