The Newly Renovated Robert P. Miller Park Set to Open On Saturday, June 5, 2010
The City of Delray Beach Parks & Recreation invites the public to join them in the grand opening of the newly remodeled Robert P. Miller Park. The park, located at 1905 SW 4th Ave., Delray Beach, will mark the event with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, June 5th, at 10:00 am.
The public is encouraged to attend the ribbon cutting ceremony and take advantage of this recreational facility. There will be a bounce house, water slide, dunk tank and refreshments for all. Join us after the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Delray Beach National Little League and Miracle League Baseball games.
For more information, please call Tom Kwiatek at (561) 243-72557.
About Robert P. Miller Park: The Park is named after Robert P. Miller who in the early 1970's went to Mayor Jack Saunders and the City Commission to lobby for a regulation size, lighted little league baseball field. We were the only city at the time between Vero Beach and Key West not to have one. After the Mayor and Commission appointed Bob Miller as chairman of a committee of five to research and start the process of building the field, the County was approached to negotiate the property near the transfer station off SW 4th Ave. The County then helped pave the way for access into the park. At the same time, Ken Ellingsworth helped the committee apply for the Bicentennial Grant for $250,000 - the largest grant ever given in the State of Florida. The field built as a result was "Little Fenway". To Bob Miller's surprise, the committee came to name the park after the man who started it all - Robert P. Miller.
One Field Wasn't' Enough: Bob Miller then went back to the Commission to thank the Mayor and express how appreciative he was, but also noted another problem. There was only one little league field and there were not enough places for all the children in Delray Beach to play. Slowly the City added fields with the last one built being Sergio Field, named after another longtime City resident and current employee Fred Sergio. Soon after, Bucky Dent's Baseball School moved into the South end of the Park with an agreement with the City to help maintain the fields.
About the Renovations: Robert P. Miller Park was renovated and reconfigured to include three new little league fields, one major league field, Miracle League Field and concession stand building, four batting cages, Major league practice infield, 3-bay storage building, new pavilion and pitching and hitting wall area. The original playground was relocated; additional parking was added, and the fencing and play surface on Little Fenway at the North end of the park was replaced.