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Martins Ferry City Park Transforms As Baseball Season Looms

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The playground is already attracting children like a magnet.

The Lions Club installed state of the art playground equipment last year.

Soon they will  pave a path around the exterior.

Citizens Bank gave a large donation to the Martins Ferry Civics for new dugouts, press box, backstop and equipment shed for the baseball field.

And the city is doing their part.

"So the city's here today," says Mayor Paul Riethmiller. "The Fire Department's ladder truck has come down today to run wiring to some new lights. We're also putting in all new drainage systems around the field to help the field drain and all new drainage systems to the playground so we can get the water out to the street where it belongs."

The park has historically had some problems with vandalism.

Cameras installed on utility poles have a good clear shot of every inch of the park, with two-way audio that goes straight into the police department.

"If there's any kind of people breaking the law, vandalism or anybody with foul language, the police department's the only place that can view this and can talk into microphones into loudspeakers and tell the perpetrators to leave or that they are sending the police," says Tom Callarik, security specialist.

The project is moving along quickly, perhaps because they have an immovable deadline

"Baseball season starts at the end of the month!" says the mayor.