NORA should explore all options for rec center

The North Ottawa Recreation Authority is thinking big with its desire to build a multi-million dollar, communitywide recreation facility — complete with baseball and soccer fields, and indoor sports facilities.
Dec 10, 2013


The community recreation organization recently unveiled plans and discussions they’ve had regarding this grand vision, and how they’d like to have a millage to fund it and other programs they provide.

On paper, the plan sounds like a great thing, and we are all for the well-being and health of the residents of our community. Still, we think NORA should plan its steps out very carefully before heading to voters to see if they’d be willing to fund a recreation center.

We’ve all seen firsthand what can happen when a proposal is taken to the community without full support.

Perhaps, before going to voters, NORA could approach benefactors in the community to see if they would be willing to support such a complex. Additionally, before going to voters, we would like to see NORA make a bigger push toward getting all the communities of the Tri-Cities involved in the effort.

It seems like the authority could get more bang for its buck by involving Spring Lake village and township. Those two communities could also benefit from whatever NORA brings to the table.

With everyone involved, then maybe the local recreation authority could bring a state-of-the art facility that the entire community could enjoy.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Cheryl Welch, Matt DeYoung, Alex Doty and Fred VandenBrand. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.




Wow, this is truly an amazing project. I am hoping that their goal to have these will be successful. - Kris Krohn Strongbrook


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