Royals to dedicate new adaptive baseball field in Independence - KCTV5

Royals to dedicate new adaptive baseball field in Independence

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Children playing at McCoy Park in Independence can't get dirty on the baseball field, because there is no dirt or grass. It is a rubberized surface. Children playing at McCoy Park in Independence can't get dirty on the baseball field, because there is no dirt or grass. It is a rubberized surface.
INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) -

The Kansas City Royals are stepping up to the plate Wednesday to make sure every child can enjoy the game of baseball.

They are also getting some help from baseball legend Cal Ripken Jr.

Children playing at McCoy Park in Independence can't get dirty on the baseball field because there is no dirt or grass. It is a rubberized surface.

The bases and baselines are painted on so that children who use wheelchairs can easily roll over the bases.

It is one of two new soft-surface ability baseball fields in the area. The other is in Olathe.

The two adaptive fields at were made possible by proceeds from the 2012 Major League Baseball Gatorade All-Star Workout Day at Kauffman Stadium in July 2012.

The Royals, Royals Charities and the Variety Children's Charity of Greater Kansas City also donated funds.

It is being dedicated Wednesday for children unable to compete on regular fields. It gives them the proper environment to grow physically, emotionally and socially by playing with peers.

"Play spaces like this are tremendous. Everybody's childhood memories are built here on the playground, on the ball field and this is a place where everyone can do that. There is no excuse not to come out here and have a great time with your family," said Kristin Zimmerman, a recreation specialist for the city of Independence.

The Royals will hold a clinic with special athletes to kick off the ceremony at 11 a.m.

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