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Cranberry Township Community Chest announces 2016 Project of the Year:
Miracle League Resurfacing and Playground
Two important enhancements to the Miracle League ballfield at the Dick’s Sporting Goods Sportsplex in Graham Park are the focus of Cranberry Township Community Chest’s 2016 Project of the Year.
In the first, CTCC has teamed up with Miracle League of Southwestern Pennsylvania to rebuild the surface of the League’s special needs ballfield in Graham Park. The second is to create a new baseball-themed playground right next to the Miracle League diamond.
Over the past six years, hundreds of children and adults, including many with serious disabilities, have played organized baseball on its specially engineered field. Every aspect of the field’s design, as well as the rules of the game themselves, has been adapted to provide a great baseball experience for all, including individuals with special needs.
Due to its texture, however, the ballfield’s resilient surface, originally built in 2009, is susceptible to deterioration from exposure to weather.
The second part of the project involves the construction of a new, inclusive playground immediately adjacent to the baseball field. The playground’s design features two baseball-themed play areas, outfitted with an assortment of playground furnishings to be determined by public input, including suggestions solicited from pupils in local schools. The two areas will be linked by a walkway lined with interpretive signs. The playground would be ready for use by the summer of 2016.
The joint CTCC-Miracle League fundraising effort officially kick off during Community Days, July 9 through 11. That generated $90,000 contibution by CTCC with another $35,000 directed contribution on top of that. We are pleased to announce that the Pirate's Charities have committed $100,000. A Seneca Valley High School 12-hour Raiderthon dance has already raised $20,000 for to project. Fun Fore All will donated $1 for every weekday round of miniature golf between July 9 and August 31 that raised close to $5000.
The balance of CTCC’s community-wide campaign will get underway this fall, patterned after the highly successful 2013 campaign to raise money for Community Park’s Kids Castle. A parallel fundraising effort which includes foundations outside of Cranberry, will be undertaken by Miracle League. Please see the tabs on the right for ways to help this project.
THE PROBLEM: There has been a serious decrease among volunteer firefighters all across the nation. Statewide, volunteers declined from 300,000 in 1970 to just 50,000 today and in Pennsylvania, more than 96% of our fire firefighters are volunteers. In 2004 Butler County had 34 volunteer fire companies. Today we have 31 and the average age of volunteers is on the rise. The decline among volunteer firefighters has led to higher home insurance rates resulting from increased demands on volunteers.