The soon-to-be-constructed special needs baseball field in Conway has a name.
The City of Conway has decided to name the field “Braves Field,” in honor of the legacy of the Conway Braves, the original program in the city.
Bill and Kim Patterson, of Conway, operated the program on a field in their backyard for several years before the Braves played on different fields in the area, none completely handicap accessible.
City leaders and supporters of the program are now in a fundraising campaign to support the construction of the field, which will be completely handicap accessible, at Curtis Walker Park.
David Grimes, who is helping to lead the effort to build the field in Conway, said the name of the field will also remind people about the braveness that players in the league display on a daily basis.
“For more than a decade, the Conway Braves served the needs of hundreds of kids,” Grimes said. “The city will be able to take over the program next year, but we want to keep the wonderful legacy of the Braves alive.”
Grimes said the goal of city leaders, if sufficient private funds are raised, is to have the field ready for play this spring.
“Fundraising is going well but contributions are still needed to building the field in 2014 as planned,” Grimes said.
One major fundraising effort will be “Take Me Out to the Ballpark” at 6 p.m. Cot. 24 at the Old Gin.
Ballpark food will be served and the scheduled second game of the World Series will be available for viewing. Special guests will be coach Allen Gum and the UCA baseball team.
Tickets, $25 each and $30 in advance, can be purchased at The Log Cabin Democrat, The Fieldhouse or by calling Grimes at 269-0412.
The program will be run by the City of Conway Parks and Recreation Department and will not be an official affiliate of the Miracle League.