Redevelopment of Farrow Riverside Miracle Park Nears Completion as Official Grand Opening Set for May 2022
Mayor Drew Dilkens was joined today by Ward 6 Councillor Jo-Anne Gignac, Farrow Riverside Miracle Park steering committee co-chairs Bill Kell and Rick Farrow, and Miracle League of Riverside Minor Baseball GameDay Director Jason Dupuis to provide an update on the redevelopment of Farrow Riverside Miracle Park and announce plans for an official grand opening celebration to be held May 14, 2022.
The Miracle Park project was spearheaded by the Riverside Minor Baseball Association and approved by City Council in 2017 to transform 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 steering committee led fundraising efforts for the park’s revitalization, which include generous donations from committee co-chair and Farrow CEO Rick Farrow, the Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities, Solcz Family Foundation, Toldo Foundation, Moramos Shrine Club of Windsor and Ontario Trillium Foundation, among many others.
City Council invested about $1.9 million toward the overall development of Farrow Riverside Miracle Park. Councillor Jo-Anne Gignac also contributed $100,000 in ward funds in support of the project. The final phase of construction is now in progress and will add the following enhancements to the park:
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
Additional upgrades completed last year include the following:
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
All construction is expected to be completed by the official grand opening ceremony on May 14, 2022. 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 at 6755 Wyandotte Street East.
For more information on the Farrow Riverside Miracle Park visit farrowriversidemiraclepark.com.
“The transformation of the Farrow Riverside Miracle Park has added new vitality to one of Windsor’s most historic neighbourhoods. 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.”
– Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens
“Farrow Riverside Miracle Park represents the best of what a community can achieve when we all work together in partnership to improve neighbourhoods and raise the quality of life for all residents. This was a project I was proud to support, and I am delighted that the $100,000 in ward funds that I committed helped make the ‘Miracle’ a reality. I especially want to recognize Riverside Minor Baseball Association for their vision and continued support of youth in Riverside. It is a dedicated volunteer group that continues the tradition of service to community that is a hallmark of Riverside. My thanks goes out to all the generous donors and fundraising volunteers; we are looking forward to the official grand opening in the spring when we can come together to celebrate this impressive park and the people who made it possible.”
– Ward 6 Councillor Jo-Anne Gignac
“After years of planning, fundraising and construction, the Riverside Minor Baseball Association is looking forward to the fulfillment of our dream to inaugurate Windsor’s first Miracle League of Riverside Baseball in our new state-of-the-art Miracle Diamond. We hope the community will join us for our grand opening celebration May 14, 2022, when we will throw the ceremonial first pitch and thank all supporters who made the ‘Miracle’ possible.”
– Tom Laporte, Riverside Minor Baseball Association President