Group Raising Funds for new Baseball Complex

MARION, Iowa (AP) - A nonprofit planning to build a large youth baseball complex near Cedar Rapids is kicking off a $4.2 million fundraising campaign.

Prospect Meadows says it will soon start developing the 17-field complex northeast of Marion.

Organizers say they hope the site will become a destination for tournaments and for college and professional scouts trying to find talent. The development will include a "Miracle Field" for people with disabilities.

After raising $5.2 million from grants and loans, organizers say they're hoping to raise the rest from individuals and groups. Linn County agreed to lease the land to Prospect Meadows for $1 annually.

Organizers are holding an event Thursday at Veterans Memorial Stadium to launch the campaign. Cedar Rapids native Ryan Sweeney, who plays for the Chicago Cubs, is an honorary co-chair.
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