YMCA Out, ACAC in, at Crozet Park

Update: Crozet Gazette has a story.

Update 2: Good conversation, lots of questions, and some answers, at Nextdoor. This is a great example of how detrimental these platforms are that are locked behind walled gardens that require membership/login. These discussions should be freely available.

As of 1 March, 2020 things change at Crozet Park.

Read the letter from Crozet Park.

The RealCrozetVA facebook conversation.


The letter from Crozet Park posted on their page.

Crozet Park Aquatic & Fitness Center 

The Claudius Crozet Park Board of Directors is pleased to announce their partership with the Atlantic Coast Athletic Club (ACAC) to begin operating the Park’s aquatic and fitness center starting April 1, 2020. Although we are stlll working out many of the details preparing for this transition, we are providing this Q&A to help answer many of your questions. More information can also be found by reading the latest article in the Crozet Gazette. Until March 1, 2020 members should continue to use the Crozet YMCA website to find out about current programs and schedules. 

Q: What will happen to my current Crozet YMCA membership?
A: Your current YMCA membership will not change between now and March 1, 2020. Following March 1, 2020, members will be offered the opportunity to retain their Crozet facility membership by joining the Crozet Park Aquatic & Fitness Center operated by ACAC. ACAC will offer membership at the same Crozet YMCA membership rates.

Q: Can I still use the Crozet Park facility during the month of March?
A: Our understanding is that the YMCA will begin reducing services as early as March 1st. The Park Board and ACAC are preparing to step in and cover any degradation in services caused by the YMCA’s departure in March.  This will likely include group exercise classes in the Community Building (aka radio building) on the northwest side of the Park and use of ACAC’s facility in Old Trail.

Q: What will happen to current fitness programs and staff?
A: Popular programs will continue, e.g., aquatic aerobics, and ACAC will attempt to maintain key instructors and personnel. 

Q: Will my child have after-school care through June and options for summer camp?
A: Yes. The Crozet Park Aquatic & Fitness Center operated by ACAC intends to offer after-school care and summer camps under the ACAC brand and we are really looking forward to seeing how creative they can get to maximize the use and benefit of our 22 beautiful acres. The Park Board will work to ensure that there is no interruption in after school care for those families currently enrolled in the YMCA afterschool care program at the Park.

Q: What will happen to swim programs including year-round competitive swimming?
A: The Crozet Gators Swim Team and the Western Albemarle High School Swim Team will not be affected by this change in operator. And, it is our intent that year-round swimming will be offered without interruption.  Whether that is an expansion of the ACAC program, a continuation of the CYAC program, or an entirely new Crozet based year-round team, or some combination of the three, is yet to be determined.  

Q: Should we build a competitive swim program based in Crozet?
A: Crozet based CYAC swimmers eventually age out of the Crozet program and must swim in downtown Charlottesville if they wish to continue to compete in high school.  This can put a lot of strain on kids and families trying to balance school and family time with competitive swimming and several hours a week of driving into Charlottesville.  A Crozet-based program that allows our local teens to continue to swim year-round in Crozet would be an added benefit the community.

Q: Will the Crozet Park Aquatic & Fitness Center operated by ACAC offer needs-based scholarships?
A: Yes. We are currently working on details to offer the same or more scholarships to those who qualify.

Q: Will the Crozet Park Board continue to pursue a facility expansion?
A: Yes. The Park Board will continue planning this facility over the next 12 -18 months. Because we are requesting County funding to build this facility, the Park Board is committed to a competitive bid process to choose an operator for this facility. When the time is right, the Park Board will issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) and welcomes all organizations to bid including, the Piedmont Family YMCA and ACAC. 

Q: Why did the YMCA elect not to renew their lease to operate the current facility?
A: The YMCA was unwilling to operate the current facility without a long-term commitment from the Park to operate a new facility when built.  That long-term commitment entailed a multi-decade ground lease similar to what the YMCA has with the City and County for their Brooks facility at McIntire Park.  From the Park’s perspective, this was an unreasonable demand. The YMCA wanted the Park to take on all the debt and fundraising for a new facility and then lease it to the YMCA for decades for a nominal amount like their Brooks facility at about $1 a year, without any competing bids from other operators.  From a financial perspective, that is just not feasible for the Park and from the perspective of our Charter, it would not be the right thing for the community.  The Park Board was willing to entertain other arrangements, but the YMCA refused to negotiate further.  

Q: Why can’t the Park Board offer a ground lease similar to McIntire Park to build Brooks?
A: McIntire Park is a public park funded entirely with taxpayer dollars.  The YMCA built the Brooks Family facility and is now servicing the debt on that construction through revenue from membership and other programs.  Claudius Crozet Park is not a publicly owned park. It is a non-profit organization with a charter to provide low cost recreational amenities to the community. If the Park builds a new facility, it too will need to service debt through revenue earned in the facility.  To give all of that revenue to the YMCA and receive only nominal rent for an extended ground lease would make servicing the construction debt impossible.  What the construction will cost, how it will be structured and what the income stream requirements will be to maintain this new facility are not yet known.  The YMCA’s requirement that the Park commit to a long-term structured ground lease before the effects of that structure can even be assessed would pose an unreasonable risk to the financial solvency of the Park and therefore would violate the fiduciary responsibilities of the Park Board.

Angel Tree 2019

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The Angels are registered, and we are ready to go! 

We are once again coordinating Angel Tree with the four public schools here in Western Albemarle. …

Total Angels on List: 235

Last Year:                   228

Angel information sheets are now available.  Our focus is on needed items such as clothing, coats, shoes, winter accessories, etc. Please consider partnering with us and sponsoring an angel, or a family of angels. This is a great project to do with your children or at your place of employment. UNWrapped gifts are due to Crozet Baptist Church on Wednesday, December 4th by 5 pm. 

Please contact Tracey Pugh at [email protected] to find out more about this wonderful program, or to request an angel.

Believing the Best,

Tracey

Historical Context

Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival Needs Volunteers (2019 edition)

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Friends, 


The annual Fall Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival on October 12th and 13th is fast approaching and we need many, many volunteers.Now in its 39th year, all Festival proceeds benefit the community-owned and operated Claudius Crozet Park. 

We are in need of volunteers for many areas of the Festival – from ticket sales to exhibitor booth-sitting and more. Volunteers will receive Festival admission for the full day, and the satisfaction of playing an integral part in the ongoing success of this fantastic weekend celebration of art, craft, and community at Claudius Crozet Park.

If you have time and would like to help, please sign-up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0e48a4af2ea75-crozet9

Support Crozet’s Fireworks and Independence Day Celebration

Copy/Pasted from the Crozet Community site. With permission.

These events involve a lot of donated time from a lot of individuals and donated materials and services from local companies, but it still cannot happen without financial contributions, too.

Of course, we appreciate all donations, but to boost our efforts to cover expenses, we have three leadership donor levels and we are hoping that you will show your support by becoming a lead patron this year.

  • For a gift of $500 or more, we will prominently display your company banner you provide at the entrance to the park during the event, identify your patron status in the Crozet Gazette and event handbill and provide you with ten passes to the celebration in the park as well as published thanks in the Crozet Gazette and the event handbill.
  • For a gift of $250 to $499, you will receive acknowledgment in the Crozet Gazette and event handbill and four passes to the celebration in the park.
  • And, for a gift of $100 to $249, you will receive two passes to the celebration in the park, published thanks in the Crozet Gazette and the event handbill.

June 29 will be here before you know it.  Won’t you join us by contributing whatever you can afford?  If being a lead patron is too much, please send whatever you can afford.   Your contribution is tax-deductible charitable donation. Thank you!

Please make your donation by Friday, June 21 in order to be listed on the event  handbill. 

  1. You can mail a check payable to: Downtown Crozet Association and send it to: CBT, P.O. Box 863, Crozet, VA 22932.  Please put  “CIDC donation” on the memo line.
  2. You can contribute right now, online, by clicking on this link:  
  3. Please put “CIDC donation” in the Designation box.
  4. Thank you for your generous support!

It takes a village – won’t you help out on Saturday, June 29 for an hour?

We need your help for just an hour or two on Sunday, June 29.   Below is the website to sign-up to help with the Crozet Independence Day Celebration (CIDC) between 5PM to 10PM. There are a variety of tasks and time slots. Most of the time slots are only an hour – so there’s lots of ways to help and still enjoy the event.

To sign up, please click here! (Coming soon)
For now – email CrozetCommunity at gmail.com to volunteer!

When you sign-up it will ask for your name, email and, optionally phone number.  No one else can see your email and phone.  We promise we won’t share it.  It’s helpful for us to have it if something happens and we need to let you know about a last minute change.

We urge church groups, civic and neighborhood associations to sign-up.  Crozet Trails Crew already has volunteered to staff one spot the whole evening!  Let’s see which group can have the most volunteers!

With your help, we can make this Crozet Independence Day celebration the best ever!

2019 Pitch In at the (Crozet) Park

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On Saturday, April 13th from 8AM to 1:00PM, Crozet Park will host its sixth annual Pitch-in at the Park. This event brings together volunteers throughout the community and makes it possible to complete many of the Park’s 2019 maintenance activities.  For each activity tools are provided along with any applicable instruction. Volunteers should bring work gloves, hat and sun screen. Water is provided. Lunch is provided to ALL volunteers. 

Pitch-in at the Park is an opportunity to engage local residents to work side-by-side to help maintain our community-owned park. This is a significant effort and we need everyone’s help. Please sign-up at: http://crozetpark.org/volunteering

Crozet Clean Up Challenge – 30 March 2019

Why not make it a day, or a morning, or an afternoon. Go for a short walk, and pick up a small bag of trash, or a big one, or several. Send your pictures to me, before and after. Put them on social media with #trashtag and #CrozetTrashTag.

Crozet clean up Challenge – Saturday March 30th at 9:00am Cling lane cul-de-sac, looking for volunteers.

Where else in Crozet can we clean up?

It’s not a thing, yet, but it could be. If you want an orange trash bag, please text me 434-242-7140 and I’ll get you one, or pick one up outside Greenhouse Coffee.

Looks like a great weekend for it!

WAHS with a Cause

via email. Great to see this kind of motivation from our kids.

The Western Albemarle High School Leadership Program is putting on the first ever “WAHS with a Cause,” which is our community service day.

In the past, Western Albemarle has put on service projects, but they have been contained within our school. The goal of WAHS with a Cause is to get our entire school involved in civic engagement not just in the school, but within the entire Crozet/Charlottesville community. We would love both monetary donations or supplies. Additionally, if you are aware of a local organization that could use a group of volunteers, please contact [email protected]

Thank you so much,

WAHS Executive Council

Ring Christmas bells for Salvation Army at Crozet Great Valu Market

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This Christmas season the Lions Club of Crozet again invites all of our friends and neighbors in Crozet and environs to ring bells for the Salvation Army in front of the Crozet Great Valu Market.

Bell ringing is scheduled for Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, from December 1 through Christmas.

On weekdays we plan to ring the bells from 4:00 P.M. until 7:00 P.M., and on Saturdays from10:00 A.M. until 4:00 P.M.. Volunteers are asked to ring the bells for one hour with another person or with family members

We hope you are willing to participate in this happy, meaningful activity.

If you are comfortable with using the web, you can sign up at the following website: Crozet bell ringers for Salvation Army

Otherwise you can sign up or receive more information by sending an email to [email protected], or by calling (434) 409-6148.

Those who have participated this activity in the past often remark that it is very positive for both the volunteer and the donors. Frequently volunteers report, with amazement, that when they said “Thank you” to the donor, the donor would often reply enthusiastically, ”Thank YOU for doing this”. It is a wonderful way for families to get into the Holiday spirit.

Have a very happy Holiday Season

The Crozet Lions Club

Crozet Angel Tree 2018

Update 29 November 2018 – Success!

On Behalf of the CBC Mission Team,  I want to extend our most sincere thanks to the Crozet community for the outpouring of generosity that will make Christmas a little brighter for some children, and a little less stressful for some parents.  Angel Tree is 100% supported.  The need was great again this year, and we couldn’t do it without the support of so many.  I count it a gift and privilege to be able to meet and partner with so many people.

 


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