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Bill Earley Park Gets Upgrade from Antero

By Staff | Oct 13, 2021

Last week, a group of volunteers from Antero Resources and company vendors worked to restore the Bill Earley Park in Pine Grove, WV. The park was in severely hazardous conditions including exposed and improper electrical wiring, and lacked electricity for 17 years. With support from Antero Resources, the Pine Grove community now has a safe area for community gatherings complete with an updated basketball court, softball fields, playground, and pavilion. Last week, a softball match was played under the lights for the first time since 2004.

Local contract partners of Antero’s also supported the project, including Pillar Innovations, Hall Drilling, ShalePro, Smith Excavation Inc., Technical Compliance Solutions, Wolfpack Rentals, CED Mosebach, A&A supply, and Paramount Energy.

Attached are pictures during the cleanup, construction, and remediation phases along with a group shot of the volunteers and before and after photos. Kristi Earley, daughter of Bill Earley, is a member of the Park Committee and shared her appreciation:

“Antero and their team members went above and beyond to fully restore Bill Earley Park – which is the park named after my father and where I grew up playing as a child. Volunteers worked hard, going outside original upgrade plans, to ensure this could be a safe place for community members to gather, and I know that I can speak for us all when I say that this was such a positive experience felt by the entire community. I am so grateful for Antero and their workers, as well as the local businesses and individuals who helped the Committee provide lunch to volunteers every day. I have many fond memories of this park, and now many other families have an opportunity to create those fond memories here as well.”

Antero’s project manager for the park restoration, Justin Carter, grew up in the community and talked about his experience seeing this come to life:

“It was a great opportunity to give back to the community that I grew up in while working for Antero. I can remember playing T-ball and Little League on these ball fields, followed by basketball practice in the summers on these courts. The Bill Earley Park is used by all of Wetzel County and to know the positive, lasting impacts these upgrades will have in the community is exciting for me. Seeing the softball field utilized under the lights by the local softball team for the first time since 2004 was a great feeling.”