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KINGSPORT                                                                            Provided by Shelia Catron
         Kingsport’s Miracle Field Receives

         National APWA Project of the Year

           We’ve often heard the old adage
         “hindsight is 20/20.”  Looking back
         this could not be any clearer. 2020 was
         such a bitter / sweet year. Perhaps there
         are many things we would rather not
           However, on June 27, 2020 the official
         grand opening of Kingsport’s Miracle
         Field was celebrated. This is a day to
         remember. It was certainly a great and
         moving moment for the children, and the
         smiles were priceless. Youth and young
         adults with special needs, who love the
         game of baseball, now have their very
         own place to play America’s pastime. It’s
         about self-esteem, making new friends
         and being treated like any other athlete.
           At the September 7, 2021 Board of
         Mayor and Alderman meeting, the
         American Public Works Association
         (APWA) Board of Directors presented
         the “Project of the Year” Award to the   Left to right: Pat Breeding; Jim Neal, APWA Technical Director, Enginnering and Technology; Nico and Jud
         City of Kingsport for the Miracle Field   Teague; Keith Pugh, APWA Region III Director; Deputy City Manager Ryan McReynolds; and Jennifer Salyer.
         Outstanding Planning, Construction
         and Management
           The “Project of the Year” award
         recognizes a project that emphasizes
         outstanding planning, construction
         and management. Kingsport’s success
         with the Miracle Field Complex is an
         excellent example of how a Public Works
         department can operate as a team to
         produce high-end results. This is only the
         second time that the Tennessee Chapter’s
         project nominee has been selected as
         a “Project of the Year” with the other   This recognition speaks directly to the   special needs children, wounded warriors
         project being the Metro Nashville Flood   merits of the project and the heart of the   and others.
         Recovery Project in 2011.           Kingsport community to provide sporting   The support for the project was
           “In many ways, this project turned   opportunities for all children within the   overwhelming and reflects the generosity
         out to be such a breath of fresh air,” said   region. The need for a Miracle Field was   of the Kingsport community. Making
         Deputy Public Works Director Ryan   championed by Visit Kingsport Executive   baseball accessible to all is a great way to
         McReynolds. “I’m very proud of how   Director Jud Teague, who remained the   bring people together, from those playing
         the design and construction of this   driving force behind the project from   on the field, to the parents and volunteers
         field, which serves Kingsport’s citizens   beginning to end.             supporting them. This field was a highly
         differently than a standard baseball   Field Complex Fits Many Needs     successful project that will benefit the
         field, came together through various   The Miracle Field Complex features   community for years to come.
         city organizations, such as Barge Design   a rubberized baseball field, along with   We are grateful to have received APWA’s
         Solutions, GRC Construction and Visit   an adaptive playground, pavilion and   Project of the Year award. In more ways
         Kingsport, along with the support of the   concessions. It was built to accommodate   than one, this project is certainly one “we
         community.”                                                              hit out of the park.”
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