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Posted on: April 19, 2018

[ARCHIVED] News Release - Addressing Concerns About Usage Fees for Fireman's Field

PURCELLVILLE, Va. April 19, 2018 — In January, the Town of Purcellville welcomed a new concessionaire to manage the operations of the Bush Tabernacle and Fireman’s Field complex.  Over the last three months, Shaun Alexander Enterprises, Inc. (SAE) and Play To Win, LLC (PTW) have worked to complete numerous enhancements to the Tabernacle while continuing to provide the classic services for the community such as Open Skate (previously known as The Teen Center), birthday parties, and with support from Town staff and committee members, are coordinating the Purcellville Music and Arts Festival in May as well as the Wine and Food Festival in July.  In addition, the SAE & PTW team continues to add new programs in the Tabernacle, and has been working with multiple organizations including the Purcellville Cannons and the American Legion Baseball to coordinate the use of Fireman’s Field. 

This new transition joined together the management of the Tabernacle and Fireman’s Field, which previously had been managed separately.   With this transition, SAE and PTW opened a discussion on a proposed change in costs and fees for the users of Fireman’s Field due to the associated costs of field maintenance, upkeep and changeovers associated with field conversion.  These discussions are ongoing.  As stated by Mr. Alexander, “Our team was open and willing to find a solution like we have with the other organizations. We never intended for ULYFL not to play on Fireman’s Field. We thought we were still in the middle of the conversation.”  The Town of Purcellville understands the impact and frustration associated with the proposed changes and remains committed to the leagues and teams that have enjoyed playing at this historic complex. With that commitment, SAE and PTW recently executed an agreement for Greater Loudoun Babe Ruth to play at Fireman’s Field. 

The Town is committed to maintaining the small town community feel of the complex. The Town is working with Shaun Alexander Enterprises, Inc., Play To Win, Inc. and the other stakeholders, through a series of meetings, to achieve a positive outcome with ULYFL.  Mayor Fraser stated, “Beyond sponsorship opportunities to offset costs for ULYFL, the stakeholders will be meeting with representatives from Loudoun County to explore an offer extended by Supervisor Buffington to assist in our common commitment to maintain this complex as the focal point of our community.”   

Attached is a personal perspective from Mr. Shaun Alexander on the proposed user fees and his commitment to Fireman’s Field as well as the teams who have historically used this facility. His statement follows this release.

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