Alexandria City Council moved on Saturday name the Lee Center softball field “The Kelley Cares Miracle Field.”
Construction of a synthetic turf baseball diamond at 1108 Jefferson St. designed specifically for use by individuals with special needs is currently underway.
The surface will be entirely covered in a rubber-like compound that allows a cushioned surface for wheelchairs, walkers and more. The main focus is to allow those with special needs to play diamond sports in an inclusive environment.
Council approved naming the field after the Kelley Cares Foundation following a recommendation from the Miracle League of Alexandria.
The Kelley Cares Foundation has raised thousands of dollars for the city’s therapeutic recreation program in honor of its namesake, Kelley Swanson, who was an active supporter of the program during her lifetime. The foundation also donated $40,000 for the construction of the field.
More than $135,000 in private donations have been made for the construction of the field, which is a public-private partnership.
May’s Kelley Cares 5K race through Del Ray and Rosemont helped raise funds for the Miracle Field.
A groundbreaking ceremony for the Miracle Field was held in June.
“This is one of the single most important things we can do, which is to improve facilities but also improving opportunities for a population that is deserving,” Vice Mayor Kerry Donley said Saturday. “The Swanson family is a hallmark family in this city. They have continued the legacy of Kelley Swanson.”
“From their loss, [the Swansons] created something very positive that this whole community hears about,” said Councilwoman Del Pepper. “It really is about what this community is all about.”