From field of dreams to canvass of hopes

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — What was once a field of dreams is now a canvass of hopes.

A Trotwood park near Broadway and Main Streets used to be a baseball field years ago.

“My grandpa told me thirty five years ago he helped lay the bricks for this and my grandma umpired here,” says Trotwood Junior Miranda Coffee.

But lately the only hits there have been to the side of one building, which is peeling paint, until the Trotwood-Madison Art Club decided to swing for the fences.

“Once we committed to it that was scary because we said oh yeah we’re going to do this,” says Art teacher Patty Allen. “We had no choice. We had to finish it.”

It took two teachers and two students six weeks of painting about four hours a day, but in the end they created a mural that quickly grows on you. It is decorated with pictures of grasses and flowers.

“We really did enjoy coming out here and it was relaxing,” says Art teacher Valerie Jobe.

For Trotwood senior Demetrious Lucas, who says he first joined art club for a girl, he found another love.

“I’m kind of proud about it,” Lucas says. “I come back and I look at it and say I did this and maybe if I have kids in the future I’ll say I was a part of this.”

The mural signifies the community garden that’s now growing there and the city that’s budding along with it.

“We want people in the surrounding areas to know Trotwood is a great vibrant community with a lot of good things going on,” Allen says. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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