Miracle Field set to debut in October
by Daniel Gaddy
Aug 24, 2012 | 1674 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Jasper officials plan to open Miracle Field, a sports complex being built for children with special needs, around the first week of October.

Crews on Monday were laying base material to prepare the foundation for the field, and they have already installed the fence posts for the field and dugouts.

Jasper’s Public Works Director Joe Matthews said workers will put down a type of primer and then several inches of asphalt this week. The asphalt must cure for 30 days, and during that time officials will put in landscaping and sidewalks for the site.

Matthews said that once the asphalt has cured, workers will put a 1/4-inch layer of rubber that will protect children from a fall but still be firm enough to allow a wheelchair to roll through.

Jasper council member Lee Swann, whose district covers Miracle Field, said he is thankful for the mayor and the city council’s support throughout the project.

Swann praised Matthews in particular, saying he has kept the project on track.

“He gets a lot of complaints, but very seldom does he get a thank you,” Swann said.

Swann also said he wanted to thank Jennifer Williams Smith, a founder of Jasper Dream Team, a sports program for children with special needs. For several years, Smith has advocated for more recreational facilities for residents with disabilities.

The council voted two months ago to name the field in honor of George Lindsey, a Jasper native who played Goober Pyle on “The Andy Griffith Show.”

Lindsey founded a charity golf tournament in Montgomery that raised more than $1 million over 17 years for the Alabama Special Olympics.

Mayor Sonny Posey said that though the Lindsey Miracle Field was not Swann’s idea, the council member has made the project a top priority throughout his term. Posey said the field will be a legacy for Swann, who is not seeking re-election.

“This is kind of the swan song for Lee Swann,” Posey said.

Swann said that everyone who worked or contributed to the project will receive their payment when they visit the field during an event and see the joy it will bring to area children.