Batter Up!: Challenger Field Ready for Season

by Audry Kensicki on April 13, 2010 at 7:22 am

Good things are happening in Cambridge.

One of those things is a baseball field for the disabled–called Challenger Field.

The idea started with an old girls’ softball field one year ago. Joy Padgett, the state senator at the time, gave the Cambridge Economic and Community Development Department $50,000 to start the project.

"With that we can do all-weather bathrooms," said Director of the department, Steven Geirhart. "What else we’re doing is redoing the infield. We’re putting wheelchair ramps in, all new fencing. You think that’s going to go a long way."

The field now has $80,000 put into it.

According to Geirhart, it’s tens of thousands of dollars well-spent.

"It’s a terrific thing to go out there and watch those kids play," he said. "If you haven’t got a tear in your eye, watching them–they’re having so much fun."

Geirhart said they hope to have more teams for the upcoming season. Last year was more difficult because of the lack of wheelchair-accessible areas.