For decades, youth baseball and softball recreational programs of Aplington-Parkersburg have been served by two baseball diamonds – which are run-down and dilapidated. There is less than desirable parking that creates a safety danger for any children in attendance at the facility due combination of extremely cramped parking and a steady flow of traffic. Among other concerns is the fact that they become flooded many years, often times flooded multiple times in a season.
Adjacent to the current diamonds is Beaver Creek which floods nearly every spring – and sometimes multiple times per year. The flooding renders the fields unplayable for weeks, and in instances of flash floods the concessions building loses everything in it – food and equipment. And since the creek is literally within feet of the fields it brings a heightened sense of concern for parents in attendance who have other children with them. The parents spend as much time keeping an eye on their children not playing as they do on their child who is actually on the field of play.
Diamonds and Fields enlisted the help of Waterloo, Iowa, based non-profit organization Build Our Ballpark to help with the planning of the new complex. From the start the DAF committee agreed that upon completion the new Parkersburg sports complex will be a dream facility for all youth – no matter what their ability may be. In order to maximize the size of the land – 15 acres – DAF has created a plan that will include the following:
- U-8, U-10, and U-12 soccer fields
- 3 regulation little league diamonds
- 1 regulation senior league baseball diamond
- 1 Miracle League Field
The crown jewel of the Parkersburg Complex will be the Miracle League field – an all-weather surface diamond that will serve multiple purposes. It can be used for activities like regular tee-ball practices and games, kickball and wiffle tournaments, community group outings like baseball movie night under the stars, senior activities, and more. Most importantly, it will be the home of the Miracle League of Cedar Valley. Affiliation with this national league will provide children, young adults, and adults with disabilities throughout the Cedar Valley with a place to participate in America’s greatest sport at a complex alongside all other athletes. The Miracle League (visit www.miracleleague.com to learn more) allows disabled athletes the opportunity to compete. The presence of this field also exposes “able-bodied” athletes to fellow disabled athletes at a very young age.
Our goal is not to develop professional athletes. Our goal is to help the youth of AP grow up to be healthy, humble, and community-minded