The Field of Dreams was co-founded in 2017 by special needs parents Mary and Christian Kane.

In 2012, Christian and son Gavin were involved in a car accident that left Gavin with a Traumatic Brain Injury. The Kanes were always an active family of 8, and tried to continue their lifestyle post-accident when they realized it was nearly impossible. There were no parks, playgrounds, or really anywhere that was accessible for Gavin to play with his siblings.

That’s when Christian and Mary decided that things needed to change. They set off on a 5-year journey, fundraising $3.6 million to build a one-of-a-kind complex specifically designed with special needs children and adults in mind.

Since its Grand Opening on April 20, 2022, the Field of Dreams has built a community of over 2,000 special needs families of all ages and abilities, from all over the tri-state area… and the number keeps on growing.


Mission Statement:

To provide communities in Ocean and Monmouth county an all-inclusive complex which has a playground and multiple other physical and cognitive environments which create and recognize everyone’s right to fully participate in equitable play. This inclusive complex intentionally addresses the physical and social inclusion of people of all ages and abilities.