D26 will be holding a special session this Wednesday 9/6 at 6:00pm (open session to the public) to again vote on the construction of the Transportation Center at Maplewood. Building the transportation center will demolish our concession stand, equipment shed, and field M2. CGYBS will not be able to use the Maplewood fields for all of 2024 at the very least.
We are hopeful that our CGYBS family will show up on Wednesday to support our league. Bring the kids in uniform!
No matter the result of the vote we will be respectful of the proceedings and the folks involved, just like we would be with umpires on the ballfield.
A letter from the President
I hope this letter finds you and your family well and that you had a fun and rewarding season. I want to thank our officers, directors, coaches, umpires, employees, and families for contributing to our success. So much effort and collaboration go into making each season the best for our players.
Unfortunately, I need to share some concerning news with you. On Monday, August 7th, Travel Director Greg Case and I met with new Cary School District 26 Superintendent Dr. Brandon White and members of his staff. We were told CGYBS will not be able to use Maplewood for the spring and summer of 2024.
The school building will be torn down and a new transportation facility will be built. Once complete, our concession stand, storage shed, and M2 will be no more. While I fully understand Maplewood does not belong to CGYBS and there is no expectation that the school board would consult with CGYBS regarding the property, I was shocked. I understand School District 26 needs a new transportation facility. But the plans as presented have significant consequences for our organization. Consider the following:
While this information may be hard to hear, there is no need to panic. The officers and directors are already working on alternate field schedules and plans to address the concerns outlined above. We will need to lean on our partners next year, especially the Cary Park District. For the fall season, we will be working with the Algonquin Area Youth Organization as we explore the potential of a long-term partnership.
Dr. White and his staff were more than willing to work with CGYBS, including the possible development of new fields on other school district properties, but at our expense. CGYBS does not have the financial means to build new fields. Having additional fields to play on would be great, but there is little that can be done to replace the sense of community that we all feel on a Saturday afternoon at Maplewood.
I intend to appear before the school board on August 21st and 28th to ensure the members of the board fully understand the ramifications of their plan and how the children of District 26 will be negatively impacted. I encourage you to join me and other members of CGYBS at these meetings so the District 26 school board understands how their Maplewood redevelopment plan will impact our community. Meetings will be held at the Cary Junior High School starting at 6 PM.
As we progress, we may ask for your help whether that be with moving or some other tasks. The officers and directors of CGYBS remain firmly committed to our players, the young people from our communities. We will not fail them. CGYBS will rise to the challenge at hand and persevere as we have for 70 years. Thank you for your continued support.
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Summary: Phases 1, 2, & 2.25
Cary Junior High
Algonquin Road Schoolhouse
A representative from Conserv inspected the fields. Properly grading the infields was the first step in enhancing field drainage. The second step involved firming the playing surfaces. Following the Conserv representative’s advice should improve the firmness of all playing surfaces while enhancing field drainage.
These improvements would not have been possible without the hard work of Treasurer Barb Saylor, Travel Director Greg Case, Scott Smith and our field crew, and members of Aspen Landscape and Nursery.
More to Come
Planning for Phases 2.75 and 3.0 are currently underway. More work to do, more improvements to come in 2023!
CGYBS families - A few reminders on various policies that apply to our facilities.
No Pets allowed on School District Property (Maplewood and Cary Jr High). Please observe this rule so that we may continue to have access to our fields.
No Smoking allowed at CGYBS games.
Parking. Please limit car parking to designated spots in our lots or on the streets.
Thank you !
Please see the document below for instructions on using our calendar.
With the recent uptick in COVID cases, we want to remind everyone of current isolation and quarantine protocols.
Quarantine is required for anyone exposed to someone with COVID for five days if the exposed person is not up-to-date on his or her COVID vaccination.
Isolation is required for anyone experiencing symptoms of COVID or for anyone who tests positive for COVID. Isolation can end five days after symptoms provided the person has been fever-free for 24 hours. Continued symptoms require a longer isolation period. Isolation is required for five days beginning with the date of positive test (day zero) if a person does not develop symptoms.
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