The Waukee Betterment Foundation hosted an IMAX video reveal Thursday afternoon at the Palms Theaters in Waukee, showcasing the Epic Inclusive Playground, a central feature of the $5.7 million Waukee Miracle Park project.
Construction is planned to begin this year on the Miracle Park project, which is funded through a combination of grants and donations from corporations and individuals. It is a joint project between the Waukee Betterment Foundation, the city of Waukee and the Waukee Community School District.
According to the Waukee Betterment Foundation, providing these facilities to an underserved population promotes recreation, improves public health, provides cultural enrichment and drives economic development in the Waukee area.
According to the Heartland Area Education Agency, there are more than 1,200 children in level 2 or level 3 special needs within the school districts surrounding the Waukee site. These children match the profile of the typical Miracle League user, needing assistance with mobility or cognitive skills.
The Miracle League fields will operate at a capacity of roughly 250 children in leagues. The response to the project from area school districts has been enthusiastic because they do not have such facilities readily available.
A child with special needs does not outgrow those needs. LINK Associates and Mosaic of Central Iowa, service providers for special-needs adults, support the Miracle Park initiative and look forward to offering leagues for the adults in the community.