Ballpark survey available online to area residents

PARKERSBURG – The Wood County Development Authority is asking for area residents to weigh in on the potential for a multipurpose ballpark in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

The survey can be accessed at and asks about a dozen questions, including demographic information such as age and number of residents in a household, attitude toward the building of a ballpark, and what kinds of activities residents would support at such a park.

Responses will be accepted through July 12.

The survey is part of a feasibility study being conducted by consulting group AECOM. During a series of public meetings in May, officials announced the survey would be part of the first phase of a two-phase feasibility study.

Though action on bringing a baseball team to Parkersburg and the Mid-Ohio Valley seemed to stall earlier this year, officials say interest in moving forward with the studies has continued to grow.

In December, Parkersburg City Council voted to spend $10,000 to assist with a proposed baseball feasibility study. The Wood County Economic Development Authority has taken the lead on the project. The first two phases of the feasibility study are estimated to cost about $25,000 each.

Earlier this year Parkersburg Mayor Bob Newell asked council members to continue to support study of the project and said he believed it would be important to the economic development of the area.

In March, Tom Rooney, president of Rooney Sports and Entertainment Group, spoke to the Parkersburg Rotary Club about the ongoing efforts to determine the possibility of bringing baseball to the Mid-Ohio Valley. Rooney said the feasibility study would be key to moving any project forward, and reiterated local and state interest in bringing a ball team to the area.