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Marion Baseball Field Project Receives $10,000 Grant

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LINN COUNTY, Iowa - A planned 17-diamond baseball complex near Highway 13 and County Home Road will receive a grant from the community arm of the Minnesota Twins.

According to a release sent Thursday, the Twins Community Fund gave Prospect Meadows a $10,000 2014 Twins Fields for Kids grant to help build a Miracle Field at the site. The Prospect Meadows website says Miracle Fields are designed for children who otherwise wouldn’t get an opportunity to play baseball, such as those with special needs. The fields are specially-built with a rubberized surface to prevent injuries and are completely flat to accommodate those in wheelchairs.

The Twins Community Fund awards matching grants of between $1,000 and $10,000 to nonprofit organizations with baseball or softball programs primarily used by youth.

Those behind the Prospect Meadows project kicked off their fundraising campaign in February. Oragnizers then said the majority of funding came from loans and grants, but still needed $4.2 million in donations to fund the project. Two days later, the group said private donations had already accounted for $2.6 million of that goal.