Future of Fuquay-Varina rec programs questioned

August 15, 2012 5:53:54 AM PDT
Recreational sports for thousands of Fuquay-Varina families are in limbo.

Tuesday evening, the nonprofit that currently runs recreational sports met to figure out what to do following the town's recent vote to create its own program.

It was games as usual at the Fleming Loop soccer complex Tuesday evening.

However, just up the street, there was serious business being discussed among the Fuquay-Varina Athletics Association.

"We're left with, you know, what our options are going to be moving forward as far as trying to keep the organization together," said FVAA Board President Kurt Underhill.

The town owns the recreation facilities, but the FVAA, which is a nonprofit, has run the town's rec program and travel teams for decades.

"People are wondering why is the town kicking out a recreational program when there's already a fully functioning one here," said FVAA Board Member Beth Cassels. "Where do we send our kids for athletics?"

Last week, the town commission voted three to two in favor of an athletics program of its own. The estimated cost was $125,000 for the first year, which required about 2,500 kids to participate.

"Just from the top down, things may change and no one really knows what those changes are yet," said soccer parent James Szicksai.

The FVAA, which serves thousand more, spends about a $1 million a year using about 300 volunteers. The town would still let them operate and use their facilities, but at a cost.

"The concern is that they won't give us the fields," said soccer mom Krystal Nelson.

Town leaders said growth and outsiders using their facilities make this a good idea. However, roughly 1,000 parents on Facebook disagree.

"I think the biggest concern right now is just the pure confusion that this whole situation has caused," said Cassels.

The FVAA and parents believe the town hasn't been forthcoming on the finer details of the plan so far.

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