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Volunteers help Parkersburg spruce up ball fields


Hundreds of volunteers are in Parkersburg this weekend not to just help with rebuilding from last May's tornado but with flood recovery.

Areas near Beaver Creek saw flood waters last June.

Now, the fields at Wolf's Landing Park are getting facelifts.

The field's been dragged.

The scoreboards are up.

The cement's being poured.

It's all part of the rebuilding of the ballfields at Wolf's Landing Park in Parkersburg.

The park sits on the edge of Beaver Creek.

The creek flooded last June swamping the fields.

"This is all we have. This is all we have for the kids in town to play on. Everything else has been used for high school, middle school. This is all we have. We have to have it this year because last year we didn't have it," said league co-coordinator Ron Russell.

Since the flood, local volunteers have worked to rebuild the park.

This weekend, volunteers from around the midwest are in Parkersburg helping with several projects.

This is just one of them.

"You have to have a servant's heart. But when you see the people here and what they're doing. It just helps us more than it helps them," says volunteer Gary Cleveringa.

"Unity is a big thing and I think it also teaches people how to work with other people. I was kind of hesitant to work with people i didn't know but now that we've had a day's work, it's been a lot smoother," said volunteer Paige Eldridge.

As for the ballfields, there's still some work to do around the dugouts and concession area.

While some games have already been played this year, organizers say getting things back to normal makes a big difference.

"It's just nice to see something nice for a change, instead of looking at rubble and piles of dirt and everything else and after last summer not being here, it's just like buying a new pair of shoes," said Russell.

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