After five years in the making, The Carrier Park Challanger Field of Dreams is having its grand opening Saturday.
The multi-use sportsplex was created so all children of all abilities, including any with special needs, can play sports.
The grand opening is for phase one of the project, which includes two baseball fields for little league, softball and kickball. Dugouts also have room for as many as five wheelchairs in addition to their other teammates.
The second phase will include a specialized rubber turf for any players in a wheelchair or crutches.
“We believe when they see what we have here now we will be able to raise the funds necessary to complete phase two,” said Dom Cambareri, the program director of Syracuse Challenger Baseball.
Cambareri says they still need to raise another $6million to complete the field of dreams.
The first phase of the Carrier Park Field of Dreams construction was completed in October 2015 and included two Little League diamonds, two main entrance buildings and infrastructure to support up to eight additional fields and courts.
Once additional funding is secured, the second phase of construction will include the creation of two “Superfields,” which can be converted to accommodate different sports, and a third tournament-level Little League diamond.
When fully finished, the entire complex will be fully handicap accessible and include 10 professional-quality Little League diamonds; two championship-level, multi-athletic turf fields for soccer, lacrosse and football; courts for basketball, volleyball and tennis; an all-inclusive playground; and many other features.
For more information on the Carrier Park Field of Dreams or to make a donation, click here.
The grand opening is Saturday at 2 p.m. and everyone is invited to attend.