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New Athletic Field Nearing Completion at The Maryland School for the Blind

May 20, 2015 – Construction of a new athletic field and track loop at The Maryland School for the Blind campus is wrapping up.

An effort between the school and the Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation, the field will serve as a new beep baseball/soccer field and features an artificial turf infield, a Kentucky bluegrass outfield and an underground irrigation system with sand base. The field is among the few in the country designed specifically for beep baseball—a game very similar to traditional baseball and designed to be played by those who are visually impaired by utilizing audio locating technology through a beeping ball and bases.

The project at the school also includes the construction of a new synthetic surface sprint and track loop that complies with the National Federation of High School track rules. The loop will allow 200M, 400M and 800M track competitions.

Lewis has been a part of a multi-year campus improvement project that began in 2011. Work includes the recent completion of a $24M project involving the construction of a new Learning Activity Center and residential cottage for students with multiple disabilities. Currently at the school’s campus, Lewis is also working on a $30M project that involves the simultaneous construction of a two-story, 35,000 square foot classroom building and two adjacent, residential buildings for the Autism-Blind program.  Work on the classroom & cottage buildings is set to be completed for the beginning of the 2016 school year.

Founded in 1853, MSB is a private, statewide resource center providing outreach, educational and residential programs to children and youth from infancy to age 21 who are blind or visually impaired including those with multiple disabilities.  Annually the school serves 73 percent of the 1,800 students identified throughout the 24 jurisdictions of Maryland who are blind or visually impaired through its on campus and outreach programs.

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