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Miracle League looks for coaches, volunteers

The asphalt at the Miracle League field in Newton County has been laid. The next step is to install the artificial turf. (Special Photo)

The asphalt at the Miracle League field in Newton County has been laid. The next step is to install the artificial turf. (Special Photo)

COVINGTON — The Miracle League of Newton County is one step closer to hosting its first recreational games for special needs children and is now accepting applications for coaches and volunteers.

Applications to become a Miracle League buddy, volunteer coach or assistant coach are now available at the Newton Recreation Center, located at 6185 Turner Lake Road. Registration for Miracle League players will be announced as soon as an Opening Day is scheduled.

The facility is nearly complete with the concessions stand and restroom building finished, but the fields are still a work in progress. The asphalt has been down for nearly 30 days as required before laying the artificial turf. Miracle League consultant Tamara Richardson said the turf should be put down by the end of this month.

The bleachers, dugouts, donor plaza and sidewalks are in the process of being put out to bid and Richardson is receiving quotes for prices. The next step is to install lighting, which should start within 30 days, according to Richardson.

Members of the Covington Kiwanis Club donated their time and sweat to plant 50 crape myrtles in the parking lot. About 10 magnolias were donated by Berry’s Tree Farm and planted by the Georgia Forestry Commission.

Richardson said the multi-purpose field adjacent to the Miracle League field could be come artificial turf as well if the budget allows.

The Miracle League project began in 2009 with a budget of $2.5 million. Newton County Recreation Commission, Covington Rotary Club, Covington Kiwanis Club, the Covington & Oxford Lions’ Clubs and The Friends of Newton Parks joined together to see the project come to fruition through fundraising, collecting donations and receiving grants.

The final step in finishing the field includes installing the “poured in place” surfacing for the universally-accessible playground.

“Things are moving along and we’re getting very excited in anticipation of Opening Day,” Richardson said.