WILLIAMSON – Upon request of Williamson Mayor Robert Carlton, Brandon Ball approached the Williamson City Council at a meeting held Thursday Oct. 22 to speak on behalf of the Williamson Park Board and discuss ongoing efforts and upcoming events.
Carlton said, “I have asked you to be here tonight to commend you on my behalf and on behalf of the council for all the good things you have been doing at the Park Board and down at the Field House. I want you to tell us a few things coming up over the next few weeks down there.”
The next event at the Field House will be the Halloween Bash.
Ball said, “The 29 of Oct., we have joined with the group, Citizens for a Better Williamson and we are going to have our Halloween Bash at the Field House. We have had a pretty good response so far. A lot of donations, candy, games and things like that. There is not going to be a haunted house, but we will have things set up for the kids. There will be games, candy and a costume contest. That will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Field House.”
The Halloween Bash will be held the same night as Trick or Treat for Mingo County. Later in the council meeting, the Williamson City Council approved a $200 donation to help fund the event. Barry Blair, Police Chief for the City of Williamson, explained that officers will be on hand to monitor the Field House and surrounding area.
Ball continued discussing upcoming events. “The Williamson Park Board also has an event scheduled for Oct. 31 at the Williamson Field House. Ball said, “The following Saturday, we are having a Rocktober Fest. There is a group of about four local musicians. Bands are going to come down and perform. I don’t know a whole lot about them but we are trying to support anyone local and do a good thing,” Ball continued.
Rocktober Fest is scheduled for 6 p.m.
The Williamson Park Board is also hosting Ruckus in the Cage at the Field House.
“On Nov. 7, we have our MMA cage fights. The same people that put on the Rough and Rowdy Brawls are putting it on and they do a great job. It brings a little something different to the area. A lot of people are in to that stuff,” Ball said.
Local High School teams will also usher in basketball season at the Field House.
Ball said, “On Dec. 8, Mingo Central and Logan Wildcats are going to play their first basketball game of the season at the Williamson Field House. We do get concessions and we have been giving all proceeds to the youth leagues 100 percent,” Ball explained. “We are anticipating a pretty big crowd for that,” he continued.
Ball explained that the Field House and other facilities are being used saying, “Our facilities are being utilized, Mr. Mayor. Drive down West End any evening and there is a lot going on with the youth leagues: soccer, baseball, volleyball, basketball. We welcome anyone, especially the youth, that wants to come down. It is starting to get cold and I know we have a lot of walkers and runners in the area. I am there from about 7 a.m. until about 4 p.m. each day; sometimes later. It is usually open. I am down there a lot. If anyone wants to come in and get their exercise in, it is open to the community.”
Rental opportunities are available through the Park Board. “We do still rent out our community center by the pool. We have a few rentals. We also have a Hall of Fame room inside the Field House that a lot of people don’t know about. It is a really nice room. We do rent that out for parties if anyone wants to check it out,” Ball explained.
The Park Board also has future plans for improvement.
“We are in the process of getting a new flag for Lefty Hamilton Field. Along with the new fence; it is looking really good. We do ask the public for a little bit of patience. There is a lot to do with the park board. We have a really good park board right now. Everyone wants the same thing; we just have to come together. We all serve the same purpose; everyone wants to see our city thrive. If everyone works together, there is potential for this area,” Ball said.
Carlton responded saying, “That is just tremendous Brandon. You are doing a good job.”
For more information about upcoming events call 304-235-3690.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279.)