Liberty Township trustees on Tuesday approved installation of at least one court, at Fort Liberty Playland, before the end of November, weather permitting.
“We have the money to build one at Fort Liberty,’’ said Larry Tischler, chairman of the Butler County Special Olympics Advisory Board.
“We’re hoping to raise another $5,000 and complete a second one at the same time. I feel good; I think we’ll be able to do that.”
Two courts would be constructed simultaneously at the Joe Nuxhall Miracle League Fields at Fairfield’s Hatton Park, Tischler said.
Money for the construction is coming from two $5,000 donations – one from the Fairfield Community Foundation, the other from the Community Foundation of West Chester/Liberty – and an anonymous donor.
The concrete courts will have an artificial turf-like playing surface and will be constructed by Bown Enterprises at a discount. A 60-foot wide by 90-foot long area would be used for two courts at each site, Tischler said.
Between now and spring Special Olympics would work with officials in both communities to set up leagues, recruit players, schedule times to use the fields, along with recruiting coaches and mentors, Tischler said.
Officials from both communities say they are pleased to add the fields.
“It adds another adaptive use,’’ said Jim Bell, Fairfield’s director of parks and recreation. “It allows another venue for people of all abilities. Someone with special needs can play alongside someone without special needs.”