Make Wellston Beautiful, Inc., or MWB, was officially founded in 2012 in an effort to improve the City of Wellston. Through the merits of volunteerism, hard work, and community collaboration, hundreds of thousands of dollars and many hours of hard work have been injected into the community.
While not its original intention, Make Wellston Beautiful’s largest project to date has been its Parks and Recreation Programming, which it has done since April of 2015.
MWB manages the Rec League Baseball, Softball, T-Ball, Soccer, Volleyball, Jr. High Baseball, and Jr. High Softball for the City of Wellston in addition to two impressive sports complexes. As a result of continued programming investments, the enrollment in MWB programs has grown to nearly 500 young people – nearly 10% of Wellston’s population.
Make Wellston Beautiful utilizes two ball fields to facilitate programming, the Route 327 Ball Fields and Blamer Field. Each of these complexes dramatically increases the quality of life of area residents and continues to grow each year.
The Route 327 Ball Fields were subject to many improvements made possible through a portion of $450,000 in State Appropriations Funds plus many subsequent investments. The 327 Complex includes the above pictured main hub area with new dugouts, new concession stand, new sound system, and improved bleachers. Just to the south of the hub is a large soccer field area with new nets that is home to the Wellston Youth Soccer program. The Cecil Arthur Fields, which also has many new improvements, is located on the opposite side of the Soccer Fields fronting Jeff Montgomery Road. A large amount of parking in front of the soccer fields was also added.
The growth does not stop there. MWB raised enough funding through sports programming sponsorships and concession sales to fund a $50,000 project to light Ceil Geitz field. The lighting project will be completed by Spring of 2021. Additionally, MWB and the City of Wellston was awarded a $1.4 million dollar pilot grant through the Ohio Department of Natural Resources to make dramatic additional improvements to the complex. More details are forthcoming.
Teams from the tri-state area play at Make Wellston Beautiful’s numerous annual tournaments for baseball and softball, bringing with it much commerce and new life. In fact, over 2,400 visitors attended the two largest tournaments held by Make Wellston Beautiful during the summer months. Many of these teams are based in cities over 30 miles away. We enjoy providing the best ball fields experience anywhere and proudly representing our city, including our delicious concessions items and friendly volunteers.
MWB is proud that the 327 Fields is one of the finest complexes in Southeastern Ohio. The lighted scoreboards, well-maintained fields, full-service concession stand, and quality construction evident throughout the complex are just the beginning of Make Wellston Beautiful’s impact. We are proud of what has been accomplished and look forward to, with your help, carrying on the amazing growth that is occurring in our youth along State Route 327.
Blamer Field has a storied history in Wellston. Every Wellston little leaguer has played at Blamer at some point in their career. The City of Wellston applied for a Neighborhood Revitalization Project for the Southeastern Quadrant of Wellston approximately eight years ago. Several community meetings with hundreds of area residents helped to determine the need to improve Blamer. Thanks to extensive collaboration among residents and leaders, the Southeastern Quadrant was awarded $300,000. Among improvements associated with the project were infrastructure-related improvements such as water lines and catch basins, the giant historic postcards on the side of the Chambers Building (now Yesterday’s Antiques), and many enhancements to improve Blamer Field.
What was a tennis court was transformed into a huge paved basketball court. The park area had may new items installed including several dinosaur riding toys, new benches and picnic tables, and a brand new shelter house. Finally, some work was done to the support buildings, including a new roof on the concession stand.
Today, every rec league baseball and softball team in Wellston makes sure to play a game under the lights at Blamer Field. Even though Wellston residents are fortunate to have an extremely nice multi-field complex on State Route 327, it is rewarding to continue to carry on the past under the lights at Blamer Field. The park also provides a convenient, safe place for the youth of the Southeastern Region of the city to play.
IN ADDITION to Parks and Rec, MWB plays a part in beautifying Wellston whenever possible. We are grateful to work alongside the Wellston City School District. Wellston High School students are allowed to help us during our numerous city clean-up days held throughout the year. Additionally, our youth volleyball program plays its games in the Wellston High School gym. We also host clean-up days, participate in community events such as Wellston Main Street’s Christmas Treats on Wellston Streets, and constantly search for ways to improve the city as a whole.
Our sincere thanks go out to all of our contributors and volunteers who enable us to keep growing! Countless businesses and families step up to the plate to volunteer yearly. On behalf of our youth and community, THANK YOU for all you do!
BUT, WE CAN’T DO WHAT WE DO WITHOUT YOU! Maintaining our fields and continuing to add players to our programs is hard work which requires money and volunteers. We are deeply grateful for all donations and volunteers.
Donations may be mailed to PO Box 306, Wellston, Ohio 45692. We are a 501(c)3 tax-deductible, non-profit organization. Our youth thank you for your generosity!
Interested in volunteering? Hosting youth sports for 500 young people is no light work, but everyone is welcome to help us! We have many jobs available, including work in maintenance and concessions. Please message our Facebook page or use the “Contact Us” tab to get in touch with us. We are always thankful for any help!