A new owner could mean new life to a run down community center in Henry County.
In October, the county signed over the old Fieldale Community Center to Fieldale Heritage Incorporated because it was too much for the county to fix and maintain.
Now, volunteers are taking on the task and hoping to have the pools open by summer.
“Say you are going to do something and do it to you best ability or attempt it, then you are going to have some success,” Fieldale Heritage Incorporated President Bea Bullard said.
Bullard says it’s a very big challenge but they do not want to lose what the building brings to the community.
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Posted: Sunday, December 27, 2015 10:23 pm
With a solid plan in place — and some help from the community – the pools at the Fieldale Community Center could re-open this summer, according to Andrew Kahle.
Kahle has worked closely with the Fieldale Heritage Festival Committee to devise a plan to re-open the center, which is now called the Fieldale Recreation Center and Pools. In October, the Henry County Board of Supervisors transferred ownership of the property to the non-profit organization.
Since that transfer of ownership, Kahle said, the board has worked tirelessly to raise funds for the center, joining forces with Woodmen of the World to create a fundraising page on its crowd-sourced funding website Red Basket.
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Dear Members of Fieldale Heritage Inc. and the Fieldale Recreation Center and Pools Organization:
As this year draws to a close, I am deeply indebted to each of you for the wonderful support you have given to our Fieldale Heritage Inc. group and for the many ways you continue to contribute. We have undertaken a tremendous project, but I know that if we continue to work together, wonderful things can be accomplished. I appreciate each and everyone committed to this project of restoration for the former center and pools.
At this season, I wish you and your family all the happy things this special holiday brings. May the magic and wonder of Christmas bless your home and bring you peace in the new year!
Heard from Andrew today:
Looks like we will be in the clear to start the pool work as soon as the weather turns in the spring.
We still need donations. About $81,000 more to be able to open in 2016. It’s easy to donate.
Options for donations
- Tell your friends, family, co-workers and employers.
- Donations are tax deductible.
- Donations make great Christmas and holiday gifts.
Donations can be made at the Red Basket site by clicking on the link to the right.
Checks for donations can be mailed.
Make the check out to:
Fieldale Heritage Inc.
Mail to the following address:
Fieldale Heritage Inc.
P.O. Box 590
Fieldale VA 24089
Write Rec. Center in the MEMO line and it will be earmarked for the Center & Pools.
Sorry for the late notice but we will have a workday this coming Saturday the 12th beginning at 9:00 AM. Anyone that wants to come is more than welcome and we plan on working in these areas:
Items for the trash were hauled out of the pool house basement two weeks ago, they need to be loaded.
There are many items in the 4th grade classrooms (bowling alley) that can be hauled to Goodwill. Many things there that may have been Goodwill items at one time are no longer, they need to be bagged for trash.
There are several wooden frames that need to be broken down, nails removed and the lumber stacked in the garage out back. Hammer, crowbar at least needed.
There are several old filing cabinets that need to be emptied and hauled for to the recycler, along with one heating unit and several pieces of wire, copper pipe etc. If they cant be hauled Saturday these items need to be placed together near the door.
Although we need to concentrate on ONE area at a time we do need to remove the trash bags from the desk area upstairs and haul off.
I think that’s it, if there are questions it’s easiest to call after today rather than e-mail…276-340-2310
And if anyone coming wants to donate some HEAVY DUTY black trash begs let me know, we’ll get some if not.
Brighten your day.