Community: Ball fields are a worthy project to benefit area

When it comes to doing something good for our kids, local residents know they won’t have any trouble finding willing partners if a good idea is in the works. Such teamwork was evident during Monday’s Wood County Commission meeting, when Phil Hays and Annette Emick of Mid-Ohio Valley Fastpitch Softball asked for permission to develop baseball/softball fields on acreage near Lubeck.

Commissioner Robert Tebay had donated the land, and at one time there was interest in developing soccer fields there. Rather than throw up an objection to the new plans, those who were no longer actively pursuing the soccer plan instead offered the use of trailers and other resources they had placed on the property, saying Hays and company were welcome to them.

Commissioners guided Hays and Emick through steps such as insurance coverage and working around gas lines and other utilities running into the property. Volunteers are ready to “jump on board and help,” according to Hays, as there is plenty of work to be done to get the land ready for baseball/softball fields.

Still, Hays said “we will be asking for help (from local businesses) to get all of this together.” Surely many hands will make light work in that regard, if several businesses are able to pitch in.

When it all comes together, the development could solve the problem of too few fields for the traveling baseball and softball teams that want to play here in Wood County. With a plan to eventually build six fields, local kids AND those who travel to our communities will have a place to play, and perhaps begin to think of Wood County as a go-to for larger events. Assuming the assembled team achieves success, it will be a winning project that could inspire even more.


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