Get involved in one of the leagues that use these fields and you’ll realize that our area has a serious lack of adequate facilities for community sports.
The Northwest Ottawa Recreation Authority wants to place a recreational millage before voters on the November ballot with the intention of creating a new recreational complex.
In order for the millage to reach the ballot, all of the municipalities included — all those served by Grand Haven Area Public Schools — have to approve the plan.
Grand Haven Township has thrown a wrench in NORA’s plan. Township officials said they’re not ready to get behind the plan, citing “bad timing” as a primary reason.
We disagree. Why put off the issue for two years? There’s a need now, and voters should have a say on the issue. If they don’t feel a new recreational complex is needed, they’ll vote it down.
But perhaps voters will agree with our view that such a complex would be a big boost to our community.
Those involved with the Strikers travel soccer team have doubtless made trips to Traverse City, Midland, Kalamazoo/Portage and several Detroit suburbs for tournaments.
If things play out right, Grand Haven could host such an event, with teams from across the state flooding into the area, buying gas, filling hotel rooms and eating at restaurants.
Just look at the annual sand soccer tournament that takes place at Grand Haven State Park each summer, which drew an estimated 20,000 people to our community last July.
For a community our size, Grand Haven’s recreational athletic facilities are woefully lacking. NORA wants to do something about it, and we feel Grand Haven Township — and all other municipalities involved — should let the issue reach the November ballot.
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