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The Barview Area Charleston Area Parks Association is looking for people who know how to operate heavy equipment to help with the ballpark project later this month.

BACAPA will have an excavator, a roller, a bulldozer and a dump truck to use on the site near Charleston from April 15-28. Petersen Cat is donating the availability all the equipment but the dump truck for the two weeks. Bassett-Hyland and Carson Oil are providing fuel for the project at cost and SHN has donated the engineering and water mitigation process.

“I’m so very excited to announce that we have everything to move the dirt,” said BACAPA President Michelle Martin.

Everything, that is, except someone to use it.

The group had an operator lined up, but the person is ill and there is no guarantee he will be healthy in time, Martin said.

“We don’t want to take a chance and miss out on this amazing opportunity to increase our field access now,” Martin said.

The facility has one Little League baseball field, but plans for three more Little League fields and a full-size field for Babe Ruth or American Legion. Much dirt must be moved for the fields.

BACAPA is looking for additional funds to pay for the fuel, an irrigation system, hydro seeding and other costs.

In the long range, there are multiple opportunities for funding with naming rights for everything from the dugouts to the fields to the scoreboards to the light poles for the various fields.

The project also calls for a multi-purpose community building and numerous naming rights opportunities also are available for that.

For more information on the project or helping with the current phase, people can contact Martin by email at or by phone at 541-218-0105.