To the Editor: Pitch-in at the Park Thank You!

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Pitch-in at the Park Thank You!

The BB&T team helped edge, weed, and mulch one of the park’s beautiful rain gardens. From left to right: Diana Branham (kneeling), Cecelia Price, Krista Monahan, Megan Tinnell, Nancy Carter and Kelsey Dolan.  BB&T employees not pictured include: Tonya Haney, Joanne Muse and Bryan Thomas.
The BB&T team helped edge, weed, and mulch one of the park’s beautiful rain gardens. From left to right: Diana Branham (kneeling), Cecelia Price, Krista Monahan, Megan Tinnell, Nancy Carter and Kelsey Dolan. BB&T employees not pictured include: Tonya Haney, Joanne Muse and Bryan Thomas.

Thanks to all the many people who came out to Crozet Park Saturday, April 16 to participate in our third annual Pitch-in at the Park. Under clear blue skies and temps in the low 70’s, forty-some volunteers tackled and completed a variety of tasks throughout the Park. After a day of painting, landscaping, splitting wood and many “fix-it” carpentry activities, the park looks stunning. The timing of these many activities couldn’t be more perfect as we get ready to celebrate our 36th annual Crozet Arts & Crafts Festival (May 7-8).

Special thanks go to BB&T Bank and their local branch employees who provided the park with a grant to purchase all the supplies needed for the day and sent many of their employees to work shoulder-to-shoulder with us throughout the day.  BB&T has been a long-term partner of Crozet Park, providing the loan that enabled the park to purchase and install the pool dome and make associated building renovations in 2012. And, the timing couldn’t be better for BB&T’s involvement; the park is scheduled to pay off this loan in June, allowing the park to operate debt-free for the first time in several years.

Thank you to Albemarle County Parks & Recreation who provided mountains of mulch, the trailer with all the tools and the John Deere Gator. These volunteer days simply wouldn’t be possible without their continued support; we appreciate their help and long-term partnership.

As many of you know, Crozet Park is community-owned and operated. Our success is tied directly to willing volunteers who give their time and energy. Many of these volunteers do so on a consistent basis because they use the Park and know it is simply not sustainable without their help. I mention this not only as a thank you but as a call to action for anyone who enjoys all the amenities the Park has to offer, many of them provided completely free. Next year’s Pitch-in at the Park will be Saturday, April 15. Please post this to your calendar and plan to join us.

On behalf of the Park’s Board of Directors, thank you!

Kim Guenther
President, Claudius Crozet Park

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