Miracle Field area to grow
To the delight of High Point businessman and Guilford County Board of Education member Ed Price, the school board voted 9-0 Tuesday to sell 10 acres of property for the expansion of Miracle Field.
Earlier this week, High Point City Council approved the $300,000 offer on a 5-4 vote for the property at School Park and Shadybrook roads near an elementary school and A.J. Simeon Stadium.
“Hallelujah,” Price said after Chairman Alan Duncan recorded the vote.
The Guilford County Board of Commissioners also must approve the property release from the school board, which had held the property as a possible location for a middle school.
High Point leaders have long been interested in acquiring the land to add parking and new features for the Miracle League, which hosts games for disabled and special-needs children on adjacent property.
The two governing bodies negotiated for months about the sale price based on revised assessments. The suggested price fluctuated and had been as high as $335,000. The city will use 2004 parks and recreation bond funds and municipal bond funds to buy the property.
Price, a leading sponsor of Miracle Field, did not vote on the deal because he is a member of the city parks and recreation commission.
Board Chairman Alan Duncan, an attorney for the Smith Moore Leatherwood firm which represents High Point, also abstained from the vote.
Activities: A soccer field, playground and a water splash pad also have been suggested for the Miracle Field grounds.