News release

Province Invests to Make Sydney Mines Field More Accessible

All Nova Scotians should have the opportunity to lead healthy, active lives through sport and recreation. That’s why the province is investing $200,000 to renovate Ramblers Field of Dreams in Sydney Mines to make it more accessible for mobility challenged participants.

“We need to make the province’s sport and recreation infrastructure more accessible so that youth and young adults with physical and cognitive challenges can get active, have fun and make friends,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “Projects like this remove physical barriers to sport and open personal horizons.”

The renovation project will include infield turf installation, accessible dugout ramps and fencing upgrades. It will address deficiencies in the grass and dirt infield that present obstacles for participants who use wheelchairs or have other mobility challenges.

The Sydney Mines Ramblers Challenger Division baseball program was founded 16 years ago and provides programming for 25 youth and young adults with physical and cognitive disabilities.

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The province’s investment will make the Ramblers Field of Dreams more accessible and easier for the Challenger players to comfortably manoeuvre, adding more enjoyment to the game they love. Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Derek Mombourquette

The Challengers baseball program is an important part of the life of participants from Sydney Mines and Glace Bay. The Sydney Mines and District Little League is to be commended for its ongoing commitment to inclusion in sport. Infrastructure and Housing Minister Geoff MacLellan

The Ramblers Field of Dreams project removes all barriers that we have faced, or could face in the future, when it comes to playing Challenger Baseball and growing our program. The feeling when our athletes hit the field for the first time will be unlike any other. Justin MacDonald, District 1 Challenger Baseball coordinator

Quick Facts:

  • the Sydney Mines and District Little League Association has seen a significant increase in the participation rate for its baseball and softball programming from 53 participants in 2015 to about 300 in 2019
  • Challengers Baseball is an adaptive program that provides an opportunity for children, youth and adults with cognitive and/or physical disabilities to enjoy the benefits of participating in organized baseball at a level structured to their abilities
  • Sydney Mines and District Little League Association hosted the Canadian Senior Little League Championships in 2019 and was set to host them in 2020 prior to COVID-19
  • Let’s Get Moving Nova Scotia is an action plan to create a more active, inclusive and healthier population

Additional Resources:

Communities, Culture and Heritage: https://cch.novascotia.ca/

Let’s Get Moving Physical Activity Strategy: https://novascotia.ca/letsgetmoving/

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Media Contacts:

Brett Loney
Communities, Culture and Heritage Cell: 902-497-0269 Email: