The Adaptive Ball Fields at Makino Park is one of the newest projects for the Mason Park & Recreation Foundation. The Foundation, with the help of the City of Mason and the Mason Challenger League, is working to raise funds to construct fully accessible, barrier free ball fields.
Over the last eight years, players of Mason Challenger Baseball have had difficulty reaching their full potential and fully benefiting from the game of baseball due to very hard, rugged, non-accessible ball fields. Our current fields have barriers; they do not promote independent play. The uneven terrain makes it hard for those using mobility devices to maneuver around as well as for those with gait issues. Damages to mobility devices have occurred, resulting in costly repairs for families. Weather also impacts the fields and can cause game cancellations and sad faces.
Inclusion is the focus of this project; giving every child the opportunity to play baseball in a fun, safe environment with no barriers. Our goal is to add three turf ball fields to Makino Park, which is also home to the newly built Common Ground Playground. The park is the perfect place to build the fields because everything in Makino Park is designed to be accessible to those with special needs while giving them the opportunity to play with their typical peers.