WPOA Operational Update- May 22, 2020

Wintergreen Owners,

The WPOA offices remain closed to walk-in traffic.  Please send an email or call WPOA for assistance.  If we are unable to address your needs remotely, we will identify a time to meet in person. WPOA plans to remain open and serving the community through this crisis.  We will try our best to keep you informed and adjust our operations as needed.

Important Reminders:

With more and more owners and guests out and about walking, riding bikes, etc. owners are reminded to please observe posted speed limits and drive slowly.  99% of the roads within our community are 25 MPH, please drive slowly.

The tennis court at Rodes Farm is currently open for Tennis and Pickleball.  Players are reminded that COVID 19 remains a serious health risk.  Please adhere to the rules posted and use the sign-up sheets to help facilitate play.

Bears remain active, finding their way into homes and cars in the community.  Please secure all doors and windows, lock up trash and remove bird feeders.

Stoney Creek residents are reminded to use caution along the newly asphalted roads.  Shoulder stone is complete and line painting is almost complete.

Mountain residents are reminded to use caution along Devils Knob Loop and Black Rock Circle.  The paving contractor was previously scheduled to begin Wintergreen Drive on June 1st, however, this entire week of rain could push the work off until June 8th. Once complete, line painting and shoulder stone will follow.  We are trying hard to get this work finished ASAP.

Friends of Wintergreen and Here to Stay Wintergreen are exploring a new online/mobile “store” to help Wintergreen-area residents shop for and obtain services from local, independent providers.  They need your input and have developed an online survey to collect feedback.  The survey can be found here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X2V5V7T

As mentioned in last weeks update, most of Virginia is beginning a gradual re-opening.  To learn more about the re-opening and what phase 1 of the plan includes, please visit this link: https://www.governor.virginia.gov/newsroom/all-releases/2020/may/headline-856681-en.html

Consistent with Phase 1 restrictions, the Tuckahoe Clubhouse remains closed.   Re-opening this facility might be covered in phase 2 of the re-opening plan.  As we get closer to the date, additional guidance will become available related to indoor public facilities, number of occupants at any one time, cleaning requirements, etc.

Community Playgrounds remain closed.  While some outdoor facilities are starting to open slowly, communities are struggling with ways to keep kids and families safe when using shared playground equipment.  Kids can transmit the virus without showing symptoms, they struggle with social distancing, touch everything and everyone, and the equipment is very difficult to clean.  We expect some additional guidance on this in the next few weeks and hope we can provide more information in our next update.

WPOA pools will remain closed for Memorial Day Weekend.  The pool opening date will depend on where this activity falls in the Governor’s re-opening plan.  Will pools be allowed to re-open during phase 2, or will they fall into phase 3?  If allowed to operate, everyone should anticipate a very different pool experience.  Limits on the number of persons allowed to use the pool, the number of guests allowed, limits on the amount of time owners can spend in the pool, etc., will need to be considered as we try and come up with a workable operating plan.  Preliminary information suggests outdoor pools might be restricted to 25% of normal capacity.  Given the popularity of our pools, 75% less capacity could equal high levels of frustration.

Thanks again for your understanding and support.