Field Of Dreams is a Jays Care grant for infrastructure dedicated to youth life-skill development and physical activity. On August 21, 2020, the Jays Care Foundation announced their 2020 Field of Dreams recipients, among which Brampton’s Judith Nyman Secondary School was included. This comes as a result of a partnership between the City of Brampton, the Peel District School Board, and the Jays Care Foundation. The Field Of Dreams program provides funding to design, refurbish and build accessible spaces for children and youth to play baseball and develop life skills.
The new “Peel District School Board and City of Brampton Field of Dreams” offers many substantial upgrades in terms of accessibility and functionality. In addition to a brand new diamond itself, the new site makes full use of the amenities already in place at Terry Miller Recreation Centre, including accessible parking spots directly beside the field, barrier free access from parking facilities to the diamond’s playing field and spectator seating, accessible washroom facilities with elevator access, free public Wi-Fi, hydration stations, vending machines, emergency telephone access and a climate controlled lobby with televisions, tables and seating for over fifty patrons.
The site makes perfect use of the green space between Judith Nyman Secondary School and Williams Parkway Senior Public School, and, has direct access to public transit, is 2 km from highway 410, 1 km from the Bramalea transit terminal and is in the heart of a community in need of a dedicated accessible baseball facility. The field is proposed for accessible use, however due to the high demand for youth baseball facilities in the area, it will also help to support three local schools (Judith Nyman, Williams Parkway and Chinguacousy Secondary School). This project will have a huge impact on the number of accessible baseball teams the city is able to offer.