Welcoming Inclusive Play to The Dome’s Campus in Schoolcraft
SW Michigan is home to many parks and playgrounds, but there is always room for more: especially when all children can enjoy them!
Southwest Michigan Miracle League is just built a new inclusive playground in Schoolcraft. We stopped by to check out the new play structures.
Read on to see its new features and learn more about their organization.
What Types of Play Equipment are Included?
While a fence is still in the works, the equipment is ready for play! Here’s what we found: ramps, slides, climbing rings and sensory play items like drums.
We also found some swings!
Where is the New Playground?
Find the new playground in Schoolcraft MI at The Dome Sports Center’s campus, off of 131.
You’ll turn on the same street as Wendy’s (Fitness Drive). From Portage or Kalamazoo, it’s about a 10-15 minute drive.
The playground is next to the baseball fields for the SWMI Miracle League.
|The Dome Sports Center|
12733 US-131, Schoolcraft, MI 49087
What is an Inclusive Playground?
Inclusive playgrounds welcome visitors of all abilities.
This playground will provide additional opportunities for SWMI Miracle players, siblings and visitors. It also will serve as a community facility where everyone can play.
Per the team at The Dome:
“Playgrounds are a place for laughter, friends, and where all children and their families can play together regardless of their abilities. An inclusive playground takes away both the physical and social barriers to exclusion. We are proud to have this new addition on our campus.”
The new playground ensures that everyone can access the fun.
These ramps and rubber surfaces provide a smooth, welcoming surface for wheelchairs, crutches or other mobility aids.
Dog Policy: Please do not bring your dogs to this playground, as they are not permitted. Service dogs are welcome.
One Campus, Two Organizations
This Schoolcraft campus is home to both The Dome Sports Center and nonprofit Southwest Michigan Miracle League.
Both organizations are excited to see this new playground welcome local families.
The Southwest Michigan Miracle League
The Miracle League provides a safe and fun environment where kids with disabilities can enjoy themselves and experience the camaraderie of playing baseball in a field all their own. Players range from 5-19 years old.
Benefits of playing in the Miracle League
- A break from their everyday challenges and barriers, allowing kids to relax and have fun.
- The joy of playing baseball, America’s favorite pastime, and being outside and active.
- The camaraderie of being on a team and making new friends.
- The opportunity to build self-esteem and confidence and move outside their comfort zone.
The Miracle League field opened in fall 2020:
What’s “The Dome?“
The Dome Sports Center resides on a 30-acre campus including indoor/outdoor athletic fields, golf ranges, batting cages, simulators and more activities.
Diggin’ Summer at The Dome: Exciting Renovations in Process
The Dome is undergoing renovations! Here’s what’s coming:
- two basketball courts
- more turf space
- 4 volleyball courts
- pickle ball courts
- walking track
- new ADA entrances
- brand new golf facility
- new batting cages
The Dome Summer Camps
With so many sports on its campus, it’s easy to see why The Dome would be the ideal spot for summer camps.
For 2023, their summer camps run from June 12- August 18 and they still have spots available!
Where is Your Favorite SWMI Playground?
Do you have a favorite spot for your children to play? Let us know in the comments.