An organization of Craig parents and volunteers desiring to enhance educational, recreational and conservation opportunities for County youth, created the
Craig County Recreation and Conservation Association (CCR&CA)
Since there was no recreation department or regulation ball fields in the County, the CCR&CA
secured a Board of Directors, sports director and coaches, and implemented committees for projects and fund raising.
is a 501c3 non-profit tax exempt organization, EIN # 27-3076198.
The mission of the CCR&CA
is to continue to develop the multi-purpose recreation area for Craig youth and families. With assistance from the VA Department of Conservation and Recreation, an 18 acre site was purchased in 2008.The Association is currently developing the property as the Craig Field of Dreams
, a beautiful sports complex and recreation area, surrounded by a natural stadium of mountains.
also coordinates County youth league sports programs, hosts teams and tournaments from surounding areas, and voluntarily serves as the County's recreation program.
The recreational complex and resulting activities are making a tremendous impact on the citizens and economy of Craig County. Not only does it provide a basic community service that enriches our rural County’s natural assets, but serves as a multi-generational, multi-purpose complex for local and area sporting events. Research indicates space for youth recreation not only assists youth in developing life-long sports skills, but promotes positive physical and mental development, and cultivates character and good sportsmanship. Sports also provides an alternative for at risk behaviors, the joys of being part of a team, and pride in the community.
Tourism opportunities are expanding as visitors attend tournaments and events, resulting in retail sales growth as well as tax revenue, an enhancement for the County’s economic development.
In order to implement the mission and develop the Craig Field of Dreams, funding has been acquired from individual gifts and donations, a County-wide auction, major grants from the Virginia General Assembly, the VA Department of Conservation and Recreation, Foundation for the Roanoke Valley, Roanoke Women’s Foundation, County of Craig and Craig IDA, New Castle Town Council, Farmers and Merchants Bank, Craig-Botetourt Electric Coop, Adams Construction Company, and the Craig/Monroe Health Centers, plus numerous fund raising projects and volunteer efforts. However, as we enter the most expensive phase of the project, the infrastructure, funding is difficult to acquire, so we need to work harder to support the Craig Field of Dreams
for our children and maintain financial sustainability for the project.
The 2019 RVG and CCR&CA goal is implementing the waterline into the center of the Field of Dreams to supply water to the proposed concession stand and restrooms.
The cost of the project :
Digging equipment rental - $1,960 (labor donated)
Fuel for rental equipment - $200
Water pipe - $1,200
Meter and Utility Connection - $2,800
Total - $6,160