2021has been a busy year for Make Wellston Beautiful. Our volunteers worked to improve our community in many ways, as listed below:
We held Spring Rec League Baseball, Softball, Soccer, and T-Ball and Fall Baseball, Softball, and Soccer for well over 400 players! We were fortunate to hold our programs with strong enrollment numbers despite COVID-19.
We sponsored the Wellston Jr. High Baseball, Softball, and Soccer programs. Each team utilized our facilities and resources to support their seasons.
OPENING DAY CAME BACK, complete with the first pitch, skydiving, and our first rec league games under the new lights! •Lights were installed on Ceil Geitz Field, a nearly $70,000 project covered by 100% by MWB concession proceeds, sponsorships, and generous donations to our organization, with no cost to the City nor any grant funding involved.
We partnered with the new Wellston High School Art Club and its over 55 members to obtain grant funding to paint murals in Wellston. Completed examples include the Manring building on Broadway Street near Ohio Avenue and the rear of Daisy’s Hometown Coffee & Randi’s Wildflower Boutique, which is visible from East 2nd Street. Plans are underway to begin painting again as soon as the weather breaks!
Installed new metal roofing on dugouts, new metal doors on the concession and maintenance buildings, and improvements to the field lighting at Blamer Field – nearly $8,000 in improvements also paid for 100% by donations, sponsorships, and concession proceeds.
We held 3 tournaments. By our count, each tournament brought well over 1,500 people to our town from all across the Tri-State area, thus also benefiting our local businesses along with the proceeds benefiting our sports programs.
Our 100% volunteer crew completed all mowing and upkeep responsibilities for the Route 327 and Blamer ball fields throughout the year. This includes year-round weed eating and garbage pickup. Thank You!
We once again partnered with the Wellston Band Boosters to sell shaved ice at rec league games and tournaments.
Members of our organization assisted with the logistics of Phase I of the Pride Park Depot Revitalization Project, including new roofing, electrical upgrades, tuck-pointing, and more completed through state capital improvement funding. Thanks to all who made this possible!
We worked alongside local and ODNR officials to plan for the $1.7 million dollar Wellston Recreation Complex improvements to the Route 327 fields, which will break ground in Spring of 2022!
Looking forward to 2022:
We are excited to begin construction at the Route 327 ball fields, made possible through an ODNR Abandoned Mine Pilot Grant and the support of our public officials. Improvements to our baseball, softball, and soccer facilities, plus new paved walking paths, lighting, storage facilities, and paved parking will greatly enhance our facility and its usability for all community members.
We can’t wait to begin the Spring Rec Season. Be on the lookout for signup information as spring approaches.
We are excited to see the City of Wellston carry out Phase 2 of the Pride Park Depot renovations. The Depot project will result in an additional $200,000 plus in improvements through state funding sources. Many great improvements are happening!
Our volunteers are constantly on the lookout for ways to help our community grow. As we look towards the new year, we hope to take a more active role in promoting Wellston and the many great things that take place to a wider audience – stay tuned!
Your support is greatly appreciated as we go about improving Wellston. We are excited for more good things to come in 2022.
We are asking residents not to overfill the recycling dumpster. Our ballfieds are maintained by volunteers who did not volunteer to pick up the public recycling materials. This was the 2nd time in one day we were left cleaning up this site.
There are pictures on the side of the dumpster that tell you what they take. It doesn’t include carpet, bug lanterns, dog crates, clothes or bed linens. Please don’t leave items on the ground. If the bin is full, return at another time. Finally, please break cardboard boxes down.
We use this dumpster as a majority of our trash is bottles and cans. Presently, it is leaving us not able to recycle at the park nor able to empty our trash. Thank you.
The Wellston High School Art Club, in collaboration with Make Wellston Beautiful, will be painting an array of murals in Wellston. These community murals will not only benefit the art club by allowing students to earn service hours and display their artistic abilities, but also benefits the community because the new artwork has the potential to bring in tourists and improve the aesthetics of Wellston, while improving mental health of both the artists and the surrounding community members.
Make Wellston Beautiful is excited to be teaming up with the new Wellston High School Art Club to help raise funds for students to paint murals in Wellston. Thanks to generous donors and the strong support of our community, the mural project met its $1,500 fundraising goal through the Cause Connector of the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio.
However, there is still room for you to make a mark on Wellston’s upcoming art projects!
If you would still like to contribute to the project and Make Wellston Beautiful, donations may be mailed to:
Make Wellston Beautiful
C/O Community Mural Project
P.O. Box 306
Wellston, Ohio 45692
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! We are honored to be assisting with this great project to help our young people Make Wellston Beautiful.
We are just a couple weeks away from our annual Holiday Vendor Fair! Stop by the Depot from 10 am – 3 pm on Saturday, December 4th to shop a wide variety of great local vendors. Hot lunch will also be for sale.
What a great way to kickstart your holiday shopping! Event proceeds benefit MWB programs and community projects.
Make Wellston Beautiful has made the hard decision to not offer Rec League volleyball. Due to several issues out of our control, including facilities and volunteer staffing, we feel that we cannot provide the best experience possible to our community’s youth in this sport.
Details about Soccer and Fall Ball sign-ups will be forthcoming.