July 9, 2007
Monday night all three parties sat down and discussed the future of area indoor recreational facilities and decided to seriously consider teaming up.
How can the City of Charlottesville meet the recreational needs of all local citizens? That's the big question discussed in a public work session Monday night.
“We really looked at the future of parks in Charlottesville,” explained David Brown, Charlottesville Mayor.
City council, the Piedmont YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club agreed the future of indoor recreation could be brighter starting with a partnership and just one idea they walked out of tonight's meeting with was, “some consensus that we'd like to replace Smith Pool with a new facility and work with the Boys and Girls Club with that,” said Brown.
The city already has a partnership with the Boys and Girls Club, they lease them space near Buford Middle School, but if there is a green light in the future to team up with the Y, it would be the very first time.
The Y is asking the city to lease them land to build on in McIntire Park and fork out $2 million to build a facility that would serve its residents.
“We do have concerns with the y that we'd have to give up park land for this proposal that's a concern and we really want to have something that meets the needs of our citizens especially the at-risk youth and low income elderly,” Brown said.
However, the Y said there is no need for council to worry.
“If you can't afford to come we will get you financial aid to do that so that's never been an issue i just think council needed to hear it again to be satisfied that in fact the facility will be accessible to everyone,” said Kurt Krueger, President of YMCA.
Mayor Brown said the next step is to have the city, YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club to sit down and create a more specific proposal before the city council meeting in September and he expects they will make a final decision at that meeting.