An organization of Craig parents having the desire to enhance educational, recreational and conservation opportunities for County youth, created the
Craig County Recreation and Conservation Association (CCR&CA)
in 2005. Since there were no recreation programs or regulation ball fields in the County, the CCR&CA
secured a Board of Directors, sports director and coaches, and implemented committees for special projects and fund raising. A nonprofit organization, CCR&CA
and is exempt from Federal income tax under section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code (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. The CCR&CA
also coordinates all County youth league sports programs, hosts teams from surounding areas, and serves on a volunteer basis as the County's recreation department.
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.
The area will also serve as extra space for school ball games, the pavilion a place for family and group activities, and the adjoining creek a way to improve conservation and stewardship practices. Tourism opportunities will expand as visitors attend tournaments and events, resulting in retail sales growth as well as tax revenue, a real 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, just 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 $6,755 RVGs goal for 2018 is to purchase 3 sets of bleachers for the fields at the Field of Dreams.