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Donors step up to the plate to help save town's ballpark

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A ballpark had little future, but volunteers had big hopes when they started a park commission a few months ago.

In March, Region 8 News introduced you to a group of people wanting to bring life back to the Caraway Ballpark.

Just months later, after our coverage, donations from across Region 8 have poured in.

Former Caraway residents, outsiders, and people from around the region pitched in.

“Bell’s Sod Farm out of Milligan Ridge, they’ve donated all the sod for us,” Lee Austin, park commissioner, said. “Kyle and Haley Vaughn brought in tractors to help us with dirt. Nupeak Roofing in Brookland, we are so thankful for them, they did work on our dugouts. There’s so much outpouring of support. This list is so long. If I had enough television time, I’d name all of them.”

Some of these projects could never have been done on the commissions budget.

“It means the world, it means that there are still people out there that still like to see kids enjoy themselves, give them outdoor activities to do, get them off the streets,” Jeremy Garland, a park commissioner said. “The main reason we wanted to take over this park is for that reason.”

A little action has been seen at the park with the city hosting a tournament and drawing in double-headers once a week now.

More work is to come, but Austin and Garland are thankful for the support they've received across Region 8 to help bring their ballpark vision back to life.

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