The City of Monticello will host a groundbreaking ceremony on May 23 for South Arkansas’ first baseball field designed for children with disabilities.

The ceremony will be held at the Monticello Sports Complex on U.S. 278 West at 11:30 a.m.

The Miracle League field will be part of a 10-field baseball and softball complex owned by the City of Monticello. It will feature a custom-designed, rubberized turf that accommodates wheelchairs, walkers, and other assistive devices while helping to prevent injuries. The Miracle League uses a buddy system which pairs each player with an able-bodied peer to help them play.

“We are pleased to play a supportive role in the creation of this ball field,” said Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker. “Ensuring that opportunities for equal access to sports and recreation are available to kids with disabilities in Southeast Arkansas is important to us.”

The project is funded through $250,000 of state grant funds, programmed to be matched with $150,000 of local city government funds, $150,000 from the local Miracle League non-profit, and over $50,000 of in-kind commitments from local community organizations and businesses.

To volunteer, contribute, or learn more about the Miracle League of Southeast Arkansas, as an organization, visit their website at miracleleagueseark.org.

For more information about the project, call Monticello City Hall at 870-364-4400.