Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Southwestern Pennsylvania will have its first baseball field designed for children with special needs. The Pittsburgh Pirates charity group has donated $200,000 for the construction of a baseball field made of a synthetic surface that will make it possible for special needs children to play organized baseball. The new ballfield will be located in Cranberry, and will be safe for children who are wheelchair bound or require walkers. The park will be fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Pirates second baseman Freddy Sanchez contributed $50,000 to the construction of the ballfield and met many of the children who will participate in the league next year. The park is tentatively scheduled to open next May.