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Parkersburg mayor: Let's study ballpark feasibility

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A proposed independent Frontier League ballpark in Parkersburg (W.Va.) could be the subject of a feasibility study under a plan floated by Mayor Bob Newell.

The city has already held several meetings on the subject, with little input or opposition from the public. Now, says Newell, it's time for the Wood County Economic Development Authority to move a step further and look at the potential of a ballpark development using private money. Where the $50,000 for a study comes from remains to be seen: the city may chip in $10,000, and the rest could come from the city's Capital Reserve Fund.

Given the timing of the study and the time needed to both plan and build a ballpark, it's looking like any move by the Frontier League to West Virginia -- there are two ballpark proposals floating around out there -- wouldn't come until 2015. The league has settled into a stable path for this year and probably next, and we're told every team in the circuit is on solid ground entering 2013.

RELATED STORIES: Parkersburg continues ballpark debate; Ripken Design reportedly interested; Frontier League returning to Parkersburg?; Wild Things to bring new team to Bridgeport, WV

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