MUNDY TWP., MI — Mundy Township celebrated the grand opening of Mundy Miracle Commons, an inclusive and accessible recreational area with plans to expand with more than just trails.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Thursday, June 10 at the recreational area, located at 1286 Hill Road, featuring about two miles worth of paved trails, a sledding hill, water supply, sanitary sewer, lighting and storm sewer infrastructure improvements.
“Today is truly a milestone for our community – completion of the first phase of construction to create an innovative, inviting outdoor recreational area targeted at improving the quality of life not just for the citizens of Mundy Township, but Genesee County as a whole,” said Chad Young, Mundy Township manager.
U.S. Rep. Dan Kildee, D-Flint Twp., thanked the township’s dedication to providing an accessible recreational area for its residents and the greater Flint community.
“It’s hard to overstate the importance of parks,” Kildee said. “This particular one gives everyone the chance to be outdoors.”
The park was named Mundy Miracle Commons to signify the partnership between Mundy Township and the Miracle League of Greater Flint, a nonprofit organization working to construct the first fully accessible baseball field in Genesee County.
Mundy Miracle Commons will be the host of that baseball field. Future plans include multiple sports fields for baseball, soccer and other activities. There is already a designated portion of land laid out for the fully accessible baseball field, where the ceremony was held.
The Miracle League is still fundraising for the field, with just over $200,000 of its $400,000 goal already collected from local donors.
Brian Caine, Miracle League of Greater Flint director, said he hopes to have the field ready to play ball by next summer.
This event was to raise awareness about the opening of the common area, encourage residents to get out and experience nature and get to know the community.
There are nearly 300 Miracle League fields globally. In Michigan, there are currently six Miracle League fields in operation.
“Creating a level playing field for kids in Genesee County is an urgent need,” said Caine, Miracle League director and Central Michigan University student. “We want to ensure that equal access to recreational activities is available to all residents, and the new Miracle League field is an important step toward that goal.”
Including an accessible baseball field, future plans for the site include a pavilion, amphitheater, playscape, Japanese garden, art gallery/multipurpose building and a concession/bathroom building, Township Supervisor Tonya Ketzler said.
“Any complete community has a place where you can play,” Ketzler said.
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