In 1989, Rotary President Don Gibson had an idea to help build a park off of 48th Street in Springdale and a capital campaign was born. Over the years the club has donated land, raised money and developed a number of parks in Springdale. The first park, called Rotary Park was donated in the fall of 1992. It has been updated over the years. Rotary Park sits inside Tyson Family Park and is located off of Rotary Lane. In 2009 and 2012 the NWA Miracle League Baseball Fields and Rotary Adventure Park were built.
Rotary Adventure Park and NWA Miracle League Field
After the success of creating the Rotary Park inside Tyson Park, the Rotary Club of Springdale went on to donate the NWA Miracle League Fields in the fall of 2009, raising over $350,000 to create the two fields. Miracle League is a baseball program for children with special needs. When you step into the ballpark, you know there is something inclusive for everyone, creating a unique opportunity to challenge, to understand and to correct misperceptions about individuals with mental and/or physical disabilities.
Once the Miracle League field was completed the Rotary Club of Springdale created the new Rotary Adventure Park in 2012 where the Judy Harp Van Hoose Family Park had stood. Judy Harp Van Hoose was passionate about working with children with special needs. The Adventure Park is designed for children with special needs while encouraging children of all levels of ability to play. The Adventure Park has been recognized on the National Register for Special Needs Parks. Come check it out and see what makes this park so special!
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