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Miracle League Field named after Cumberland

The name of the late Brainerd City Council President Bonnie Cumberland will live on through the Miracle League Field.

The handicapped-accessible baseball field in Bane Park is now named “Bonnie Cumberland Memorial Field.”

It’s a perfect fit for the woman who “was so incredibly involved with the community, with kids,” said Parks and Recreation Department Director Tony Sailer.

The idea for the name change was brought forward when a former student of Cumberland emailed a city council member suggesting a park be named after her.

Since most of the area parks are already named after a person or organization, Sailer thought the Miracle League Field was perfect. After all, Cumberland had a passion for children, Sailer said. She even helped pull together a team in a Wiffle Ball tournament last year as a fundraiser for the facility.

“She was thrilled about (the Miracle League Field),” Sailer said.

The idea received support at a recent City Council meeting when the group asked the park board to consider the name change. The board members unanimously agreed.

Although Cumberland was a humble woman, Sailer thinks she would feel honored with the decision.

One of the slogans of the Miracle League Field is “Angels in the outfield.”

“Bonnie is somehow going to be smiling down. She’ll be our angel in the outfield on this one,” Sailer said.

City hall employees also pulled together funds to put up a bench in Cumberland’s honor. There is no set location for it yet, Sailer said, though it could be placed in front of city hall.

JESSICA LARSEN may be reached at or 855-5859. Follow me on Twitter at