CORONAVIRUS UPDATES

Update 7-5-2020

BVRA Credit and Refund Policy (with COVID-19 Courtesy Credit Policy update)

  • Participants will receive a full refund when the program is cancelled due to lack of participants, facilities or qualified instruction. COVID-19 Courtesy Credits do not count towards this part of the refund policy. (see below)
  • No refunds will be given once the program has started.  
  • During the COVID-19 Recovery, all COVID-19 Courtesy Credits issued to accounts on March 16th will remain on account for six months following the full reopening of the gymnastics programs.  Notices of the beginning and ending of that six month period will be announced via the website, Facebook pages, and emails so that everyone has ample time to have full access to using the COVID-19 Courtesy Credits on account.
  • Any person who registers for an activity and who requests a refund 7 days or more before its start, may receive a refund minus a service charge.
  • All refunds due to customer cancellation are subject to a $10 service charge, even if the refund remains as a household credit. No refunds are given for programs costing less than $10.
  • Refunds for medical reasons must be accompanied by a physician’s note and shall be considered on a case by case basis. In instances where a refund will be issued the refund total shall take into account any days of activity already attended.
  • Any Transaction/Convenience Fees for all online registrations are not refundable.
  • There will be no prorating of partial sessions, partial classes, or partial activities. Materials, facility rental, insurance costs, and instructor fees can not be prorated at hourly or per day rates, therefore all participants must pay for the activity/class in full regardless of ability to attend all hours of the activity/class.
  • Any qualified refund (medical reasons) may be retained as a household credit; however, the account guardian can call the BVRA Office to obtain a refund via credit card or check.
  • The issuance of a qualified refund (medical reasons) check will take 14-30 working days and will be mailed to the participant.

Questions about BVRA refund or prorating policies can be directed to Executive Director, Shirley Nelson Brough via email at director@gmail.com

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BVRA is following the CDC recommended Covid19 Guidelines and Procedures as shown below.  For program-specific questions about procedures, please email us at director@bvrec.org.

CDC COVID 19 Safety Procedures
CDC COVID 19 Cleaning and Disinfecting Guide

 

Update 6-17-2020

LEWISBURG COMMUNITY POOL

The BVRA Board of Directors has made the decision that we are not able to financially sustain the pool operations for the 2020 Summer Season due to the impact that COVID-10 has had on operations.  After several board meetings this decision was made with heavy hearts.

THE POOL WILL NOT BE OPEN IN 2020.

BVRA is truly sorry for the inconvenience that this decision brings to the community and families.

BVRA looks forward to seeing you again in 2021 at the Lewisburg Community Pool.

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Update 6-16-2020

SUMMER PROGRAMS

There are still openings in Summer Camp at the Warming House and Art Camp.  If you are interested, please contact Shannon Howe at natureprogramdirector@bvrec.org or 570 246-3704 to find out more about the fantastic summer outdoor camp activities.  

COMMUNITY POOL

The Community Pool water line has been repaired.  The Board of Directors meets on Wednesday, June 17th to determine the feasibility of opening the pool for a short season.  In addition to the facilities repair setback, BVRA is experiencing a fiscal downturn which affects the ability to operate the pool for the season.  BVRA was not eligible for any of the government subsidized COVID-19 funding programs and relies solely on the revenue generated from programs, municipal funding from Lewisburg Borough and East Buffalo Township, and donations.  The cost to operate the pool generates a loss of approximately $50k per year after pool revenues.  With the Gymnastics programs closed since March, the net proceeds from that and other programs used to offset the annual loss to operate the pool do not exists due to the COVID-19 shut down.  The board is weighing options heavily to make their final decision on the fate of the pool for the 2020 season.  

Martial Arts Programs

Monday, June 15th, the Martial Arts Programs with Jeff Ramsey and Brien Reynolds, opened their programs again under the guidelines from the CDC for inside gym programs.  Class sizes will run at about half capacity to allow social distancing and safe practices.  If you are interested in the programs, please email Kelcie at gymrec@bvrec.org

GYMNASTICS PROGRAMS

Energy Gymnastics is preparing to open the doors of the gymnastics center on June 22nd.  Plans are in place to follow the CDC Guidelines for social distancing and safe gymnastics practices.  To learn more about the gymnastics program options which will also be run at limited capacity, please email Kelcie at gymrec@bvrec.org

BVRA OFFICE

BVRA Office is still closed to the general public while programs are getting started to allow staff to focus on those business needs.  Here is the list of contacts while we reopen our programs.  In the Green Phase, it is recommended to continue to work remotely when possible.  Plans to reopen the office are in the works.

General Question, Pavilion Rentals, Pool Questions – Shirley Brough, director@bvrec.org.  Main Office # 570 524-4774.  Messages are being checked on a regular basis starting June 15th.

Summer Camp/Art Camp – Shanon Howe, natureprogramdirector@bvrec.org, 570 246-3704

Gymnastics Programs, Martial Arts Programs – Kelcie Angstadt-Bennett – gymrec@bvrec.org

Emails are monitored on regular daily basis.  Include your name and our phone number to call you.  Staff will call you in a prompt manner to help answer your questions.

 

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Update 6-2-2020 at 5:30 pm

SUMMER PROGRAMS

Please check out the Summer Program updates http://bvrec.org/activities-programs-events/.  We are working to provide some summer camp and other virtual program activities as the state moves from Yellow to Green Reopening Phase.  Check back for updates.

COMMUNITY POOL

The Community Pool has experienced a facilities set-back for the summer of 2020.  The main waterline developed a leak which requires the entire pipeline from the water main to the pool to be replaced.  The repair work is being scheduled, but has caused delays in the ability to make a decision if the pool can open in 2020.  In addition, BVRA continues to monitor the CDC Guidelines for opening and operating pools in the COVID-19 Pandemic Environment.  Updates will follow.

BOARD MEETING

Virtual Board Meeting will be held on June 17, 2020 at 6 pm via a Zoom Meeting Session.  This is the regular monthly meeting that is open to the public.  To join the meeting please email director@bvrec.org to receive the meeting notice and password for the Zoom session by Tuesday, June 16, 2020 at Noon.

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Update 5-11-2020 @ 11:30 am

Virtual Board Meeting will be held on May 27, 2020 at 6 pm via a Zoom Meeting Session.  This is the regular monthly meeting that is open to the public.  To join the meeting please email director@bvrec.org to receive the meeting notice and password for the Zoom session by Tuesday, May 26, 2020 at Noon.

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UPDATE 5/11/2020 @ 11:00 am

Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority (BVRA) has announced that the Lewisburg Community Pool will not open for Memorial Day Weekend.

As of May 11, 2020, Outdoor Pools, Skate parks, Playgrounds, Summer Camps, and Gymnasiums are still to remain closed while the region is in the Yellow Phase of Reopening. As more information is provided by Governor Wolf, the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), and the Department of Health (DOH), BVRA will use those guidelines to facilitate with final plans and decisions for the 2020 Pool and Summer Camp Season.

The St. Mary Street Park is open for walking, however the playground equipment and pavilions still remain closed based on recommendations from the PA Parks and Recreation Association.  The Skate Board Park is also closed to the public until further notice.  The Tennis Courts are open, but are not being sanitized for public use at this time.  If you have any questions, please email Shirley Brough, Executive Director, director@bvrec.org.

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UPDATE 5/5/2020 @ 1:30 pm

We just received the news that National Night Out is cancelled for August of 2020 due to COVID-19.  BVRA hopes that we can support this event next summer.  Thank you to all of those involved in the decision making process.  We know it was a challenging decision.  Please continue to stay safe and follow the PA State mandates and the CDC in regard to your communities safety.

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Update 4-21-2020 @ 10:45 pm

A Virtual Board Meeting will be held on May 6, 2020 at 6 pm via a Zoom Meeting Session.  It is special meeting open to the public.  To join the meeting please email director@bvrec.org to receive the meeting notice and password for the Zoom session by Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at Noon.

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UPDATE 4/7/2020 @ 5:00 pm

The Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority Board Meeting scheduled for Wednesday April 22, 2020 at 6 pm at the Greenspace Building, Room 140 has been cancelled to follow Governor Wolf’s mandate to follow the Social Distancing and Stay in Place mandates in place through April 30, 2020.

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UPDATED 4/7/2020 @ 12:00 pm

Date: April 6, 2020

To: All BVRA Families and Community Members

As of April 1, 2020, Governor Wolf invoked a State-Wide “Stay at Home, Stay in Place” order. This mandate is in place through April 30, 2020. It is difficult to know how long our lives will feel the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Health and Safety mandates. Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority (BVRA) has developed the following Action Steps for Program Enrollments & Facility Rentals to facilitate helping our Families, Students, and BVRA navigate through the COVID-19 Pandemic Crisis.

Tax Deductible Donation

The COVID-19 Pandemic has created challenges for everyone, including BVRA. BVRA would love your continued support to help see us through this pandemic. If you would like to support BVRA through this crisis, you have the option to gift your current enrollment tuition balance to BVRA as a tax deductible donation in 2020. Your donation will facilitate current and future BVRA program expenses, if you choose to support BVRA with a donation, please contact Shirley Brough, Executive Director, director@bvrec.org.

Programming and Facilities Rental Initiatives effective immediately:

BVRA temporarily closed the public registration portal as of April 1, 2020 for all classes, events, and registrations. BVRA is not taking enrollment while the BVRA office is closed and the COVID-19 Government “Stay at Home ” and “Social Distancing Mandates are in place. Once BVRA can continue programming, the portal will reopen to the public. All BVRA programming stopped on March 15, 2020 due to Governor Wolf’s mandate that all non-essential businesses should close during the COVID-19 Pandemic crisis.

BVRA has implemented the following initiatives.
1) SUMMER CAMP PROGRAMS, POOL and FACILITIES RENTALS – JUNE 1 – DECEMBER 31, 2020
If you have registered for a future BVRA Program or facility rental prior to COVID-19 closure on March 15th, BVRA is holding the reservation in place for the classes or facility rentals pending the return to programming and activities by the date of your reservations/registration. BVRA will address these programs individually based on any future mandates that may have an impact on BVRA’s ability to deliver quality programming or mandates that prohibit the return to regular programming.

The following programs that are affected by this policy include:
a) Summer Camps
b) Summer Swim Lessons
c) Facilities rentals – Park Pavilions, West Fields, Community Pool Rentals/Parties, Gym and Warming House Parties, Conference Room, and the Community Room
d) Pool Memberships – Pool Memberships were set to go on sale on March 16th. They are on hold pending the return to programming and activities at BVRA.

2) ACTIVE PROGRAMS AND FACILITIES RENTALS – MARCH 1 – APRIL 30, 2020

If you were registered for any BVRA program or facility rental as of March 15, 2020, BVRA with program dates from March 1 through May 31, 2020, you will automatically receive full credit on your BVRA account to be used for registration in any new program session, pool membership, or facilities rental of your choice.

There is no need to call or contact the BVRA office to receive the credit. Credits are all based on the Program Rosters and paid participants that were in place on March 15, 2020. If you are on a roster and paid your balance in full or in part for the program for this time range, you will receive credit for the balance paid. If you were registered but did not pay your balance as of March 31, 2020, BVRA does not owe you a credit on account.

When BVRA reopens, you will be notified that you can re-enroll for Programs and Facilities Rentals. Every effort to re-register you in the same Program you were originally enrolled in will be made, but not guaranteed if a decision to not reoffer a program is made by BVRA based on any unforeseeable circumstances.

Your credit on account will be good for six months following the first day that any/all Programs and Facilities Rentals open back up to the public. You can choose the same Program or use your credit towards any Programs offered through your credit period. (Example: Programs and Facilities open on June 1, 2020 – Credit is good through November 30, 2020, etc.) The credit on account is being provided as a courtesy. Credits cannot be honored past the six month COVID-19 credit period.

The following programs that are affected by this policy include:
a) Gymnastics – all 8-week programs
b) Gymnastic Team – all monthly programs
c) Martial Arts – all adult and youth monthly programs
d) Hot Yoga monthly program
e) Chair Yoga monthly program
f) Swim Classes – all sessions at Riverwoods
g) Aquacise sessions at Riverwoods
h) L.E.A.R.N. After School program
i) Learning to Lead – Middle School program with Donald Heiter Center
j) Kindertime morning preschool recreation program
k) Pivot Balance & Mobility Class
l) BVRA Art Club – both – Linntown and Kelly programs

Please direct all questions or concerns to Shirley Brough, Executive Director, director@bvrec.org.

UPDATED 4/2/2020 @ 1:45 pm

The information keeps coming rapidly.  After Governor Wolf’s latest “Stay-At-Home” mandate that started April 1, 2020 @ 8pm, we are not longer using the gym as a way to instruct remotely at this time.  Sorry to get your hopes up.  We will be releasing further information tomorrow Friday April 3, 2020 about steps moving forward with BVRA COVID-19 Programming & Facility Continuance Plan.  Here is Governor Wolf’s latest mandate for the State of PA.  Please stay safe and stay home if you are able to do so! ~BVRA Staff

UPDATED 3/31/2020 @ 12 pm

March 31, 2020

Dear BVRA Families and Friends:

Two days ago, Sunday, March 29, President Trump announced that the United States would continue following CDC recommendations and Social Distancing until at least April 30, 2020.  In addition, yesterday, Governor Wolf announced that Pennsylvania Schools were postponed indefinitely for now and we are following the guidelines to maintain Social Distancing through April 30, 2020, as well as continuing to stay closed if the company is a non-essential, non life supporting business.

We are currently looking at ways to offer some on-line program options with our Gymnastics Director, John Rowe and two of his Gymnastics Instructors, Jessica Guffey and Kelcie Angstadt to keep our gymnastics team members and other gymnastics program members engaged with their instructors.  In addition, our Martial Arts Instructors Jeff Ramsey and Brien Reynolds are going to be offering remote instruction to their students who are enrolled in their classes. Once these interim program options are ready to go, your instructors will be in contact with you so that you know how to join in the fun.

We appreciate your patience and hope that you and your families are healthy and staying safe by practicing the CDC recommended steps and Social Distancing so that we can do our part in “flattening the curve” and beating COVID-19.

Since the office is currently closed, if you need to reach BVRA staff members please use the following email addresses.

Shirley Brough – director@bvrec.org

Tony Stafford – pool@bvrec.org

John Rowe – gymdirector@bvrec.org

Jessica Guffey – teamcoordinator@bvrec.org

Kelcie Angstadt-Bennett – gymrec@bvrec.org

If you should have any questions, please email Shirley Brough, Executive Director at director@bvrec.org. 

Best Regards,

Shirley Nelson Brough, Executive Director

UPDATED 3/31/2020 @ 10 am

Last week Governor Wolf had extended school closures until April 14, 2020.  On Sunday the 29, 2020 the President stated the social distancing will stay in place at least until the end of April.  As of yesterday March 30, 2020, Governor Wolf followed the same process but took it one step further by closing down schools indefinitely and non-essential businesses indefinitely.  There are stay at home orders for 26 counties.  Union County is not on a stay at home order as of now.  Evangelical hospital recently announced their statistics on the virus locally.

With this news BVRA is continuing to follow the mandates.  We are closed at this time.  Our focus has shifted to summer programming with pool operations, summer camps, and special summer events.

We wish everyone the best during this difficult time.  ~BVRA Staff

UPDATED 3/20/2020 @ 12:45 pm

Yesterday Governor Wolf sent out a new public announcement in a form of a video.  Click here for Governor Wolf’s message.

With that new message the Greenspace Center (the old Lewisburg High School) has been closed.   BVRA’s main office is in this space and at this time we no longer have access to our office or any facilities in that space.

BVRA in coordination with the Lewisburg Borough have also closed the local community park on the corner of St. Mary’s Street and 15th Street.  We ask you at this time, please do not use the playground, parks, pavilions, parking lots, or walkways for any recreational activity.  Please keep social distancing and stay home for the time being.  In the long term this will be helpful to resolving the entire COVID-19 virus situation.

We wish you the best in your recreation endeavors. Please take care of yourself.  ~BVRA Staff

UPDATED 3/18/2020 @ 9:00 am

March 17, 2020 was a BVRA transition day (Happy Saint Patrick’s day!).  Our full time staff have shifted work functions to our homes.  We are still answering emails and checking messages to carry on our business during the states non-essential business closure.  Our focus is on the summer programming.

As for the COVID-19 update.  We are following the Pennsylvania Department of Health website updates and Governor Wolf’s COVID-19 resource page. Union County has also started their resource page.  Geisinger in Danville recently announced they have their first presumed cases and their resource page.  BVRA will be following suggestions from these resources as we move forward with our decision making process.

That is all we have for now.  Please take care and do your best to follow the guidelines set forth in the resources above. ~BVRA Staff

UPDATED 3/16/2020 @ 3:30 pm

In coordination with Governor Wolf’s recent public announcement BVRA will be closing our main offices, parks, gyms, and fields starting at 4:30 pm March 16, 2020.

From the announcement this closure is put in place until March 30 @ 11:59 pm, 2020.

If all goes well we would reopen for business March 31, 2020.

In the meantime we will put all refunds on hold with the hopes we can make up classes when we restart on March 31, 2020.

Click here to see the press announcement by Wolf. We are sorry for any inconvenience this brings. Please stay safe and take care of each other.

If you have any questions or concerns we will be checking this email at: director@bvrec.org and checking messages sporadically at 570-524-4774.

UPDATED 3/16/2020 @ 1:00 pm

We are continuing to monitor the situation about Coronavirus.  Governor Wolf on Saturday released this public announcement.

As of today (March 16, 2020) the Governor has includes Allegheny County in the announcement.  Please if you are exhibiting any signs or symptoms please follow the guidelines outlined on the PA Department of Health website.

Our goal is to continue assessing the situation and make adjustments as further details come to light.  Thank you for your patience.  ~BVRA Staff

UPDATED 3/13/2020 @ 4:35 pm

Due to Governor Wolf’s Announcement BVRA is making programming decisions as follows

BVRA Coronavirus Public Announcement

In an effort to strike a balance between maintaining Buffalo Valley Recreation Authority (BVRA) programming and protecting the community from the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), BVRA is making decisions in keeping with guidance from the Pennsylvania Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control.

Governor Tom Wolf announced this afternoon that all Pennsylvania schools will be shut down for two (2) weeks starting on Monday.

Currently, BVRA is running programming through Sunday, March 15, 2020 unless additional information warrants a change. If you are participating in BVRA programs and your School District was closed (Shikellamy and Midd-West) on Friday, March 13, 2020, PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND your scheduled BVRA program.  Please call and speak with our staff to discuss your anticipated return to the BVRA program(s).

BVRA will follow the Lewisburg School District schedule and comply with the Governor’s ruling to suspend all BVRA programming for two weeks, including the gymnastics center.  Every effort will be made to reschedule programming.  Please stay connected to our email communications, BVRA website (www.bvrec.org), social media, and local media outlets to access when our programs would be resumed or rescheduled.

For this weekend, to protect the community, any participant/family member suffering from symptoms of respiratory illness (fever, funny nose, cough, & shortness of breath) is asked not to attend any BVRA programming, playground & park facility, and the gymnastics center.  If community members access the BVRA park & playground area, it is a play at your own risk space.

If you have any questions, please contact Shirley Brough, Executive Director at director@bvec.org.