Gallatin’s all-inclusive Miracle Park for individuals with special needs is not expected to open this year due to construction delays related to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The complex, which is being built on a former softball field at Triple Creek Park, was originally scheduled to open this fall, according to David Brown, director of Gallatin Parks and Recreation.
“This virus just slowed everything down and put it almost to a stop for three months,” Brown said. “We’re hoping now for somewhere in March or April to have the grand opening.”
The approximately $2 million project will include a miracle field, all-inclusive playground and a pedal park for children to learn how to ride a bike safely. In all, it will add nearly six acres of Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant recreational amenities to the park once completed.
Unlike other baseball fields in the city, the miracle field will be fully wheelchair accessible and will not include dirt or raised bases. The playground will feature swings for wheelchairs, an easy-to-ride zipline, merry-go-round, game board and musical instruments, among other features.
The project represents one of the biggest additions to the city’s park system within the last 20 years, according to Brown.
“It’s going to be a unique facility,” Brown added. “It will be something that everyone can use.”
Donations for the project are still being collected by the city’s parks department. In addition to selling shirts, sponsorship opportunities are still available for specific items like a picnic table, bench, drinking fountain, lighting, fencing or landscaping.
For more information about the Gallatin Miracle Park complex contact the Gallatin Civic Center at 615-451-5911.