Dwight Murphy Field Renovation Project
Acquired in 1925, Dwight Murphy Field was formerly known as the Municipal Soccer Field. Today, it still serves as the City’s only dedicated soccer facility. Other amenities at Dwight Murphy Field include a playground, softball field, parking lot, and restrooms. An outdoor fitness area is also located at the southern edge of the park.
In late 2016, the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation (the GSF), a local non-profit dedicated to increasing global awareness of Spinal Muscular Atrophy, contacted the Department to explore the opportunity to develop a universally accessible playground in a City park. A universally accessible playground is a space designed to remove physical barriers to allow children of all abilities to play side-by-side. The Department evaluated potential sites throughout the City’s parks inventory and Dwight Murphy Field was determined to be the best location due its dedicated parking and onsite restroom facilities.
The master planning for Dwight Murphy Field includes a conceptual design for a universally accessible playground and supporting amenities. The GSF has donated $460,00 to support a portion of the funding for the construction drawings and continues to fundraise for the construction of the playground and other park improvements at Dwight Murphy Field.