Construction of arena addition beginning fall 2020
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we haven’t been able to hold in-person classes, and as with many nonprofits right now, that means a loss of income. Despite the financial setback, Miracles decided to “Blaze a Path Forward” and use this time as an opportunity to undertake a project to enlarge and improve the Upmier arena where we hold our classes, and to enclose the open pavilion to create a multi-function space.
With a projected cost of more than $100,000 for the project, Miracles launched an ambitious fundraising campaign called “Blaze a Path Forward”, named after Blaze, one of our main therapy horses. We were confident that there would be the same level of support for this venture as we have had in the past, and we have not been disappointed.
Among the planned improvements are an addition to the entrance of the arena that will tie into a new enclosed viewing area where parents and caregivers can watch the riders during a session in relative quiet. There will also be a room for therapists to work privately with their clients before and after a session, as well as a place for students to unwind. A new area is being built for training volunteers and therapists. The pavilion is now complete, and construction has begun on the arena. We will continue to post updates on this page so you can follow the progress of the work, as we anticipate our return in Spring 2021.