A lawn company started repairs Friday to a Bethel Twp. park football field for free after it was vandalized earlier this week.
Multiple tire tracks were found on the Wee Arrows home field at Raynor Park on Sunday morning. The team was forced to play its last home game on another field.
Randy Creech is the owner of Lawn Plus. He was on Facebook on Sunday night when he saw the story.
“I mean honestly the first thing I thought was what can we do to help,” Creech said. “You know, this is what we do every day. We have a lawn care business.”
So he sent texts out to his team about what they could do. Ideas started coming together, he said, and Monday morning a plan was made. That afternoon he contacted the Wee Arrows football team and assessed the damage early Monday evening.
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Wee Arrows grandparent Ed Sizemore was present on Friday morning with his 9-year-old grandson, Brock Kendall, on the first day of repairs.
“It’s unbelievable really,” Sizemore said. “I mean they are not a local company. They’re from Preble County and we are in Clark County, that’s a long ways away.”
The Sizemore and Brock were walking their dog early Sunday when they learned of the vandalism.
“The people coming in here and driving all over our field and it was really … depressing,” Sizemore said.
The field was perfect before it was damaged, Brock said. The fourth grader is a linebacker and a running back on the Wee Arrows. He prefers the latter because he’s fast and he likes to run.
He’s still in disbelief that someone would damage his home field and he has one question for the person responsible.
“Who would do this?” Brock said.
The original plan was to fix the damage done to the field but Creech said the grass was killed and the entire field damaged.
“We came out today and put down topsoil where the areas were damaged, leveled it we aerated it and then seeded it,” Creech said Friday.
His company does the lawn work for many athletic fields. The price to renovate the field is irrelevant, Creech said, because he and his staff just wanted to do something good for the football team and community.
The company will wait for the grass to sprout before it begins its next steps but say the new field will be ready next year for Brock and his teammates to play on.
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