The Frontier independent baseball league is looking into bringing a professional team back to the Mid Ohio Valley, including constructing a multi-purpose baseball stadium.
Still in the planning phase, Parkersburg Mayor Bob Newell says a public meeting was recently held in Belpre, with another tomorrow in Marietta.
“For minor league baseball to be successful, it really has to be a regional project,” says Newell, “And the reason we’re having the meetings is because there is has to be a feasibility study completed before this goes further and, prior to that, we want to get information out to the people about the project.”
Mayor Newell says there are similar sized areas with pro-baseball parks and teams. “One is the Frontier League out of Washington, Pennsylvania and they have the biggest interest right now in expanding two teams into West Virginia,” says Newell. “I know some are located in even smaller areas, and some in larger areas.”
He says the League is currently looking at Fort Boreman Park, overlooking downtown Parkersburg and Belpre. “One of the reasons they’re looking at that area is the Blennerhassett Bridge, which is easily accessible from southeastern Ohio. If it can’t go there, however, it doesn’t mean it can’t go somewhere else.”
A public meeting on the baseball park proposal is being held at Lookout Park tomorrow at 7 p.m.