Possible land gift could benefit NORA rec planning

Alex Doty • Jan 11, 2018 at 10:00 AM

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — Community officials say that a possible land gift could help the North Ottawa Recreation Authority and its goal to have a site for sports fields and a recreation complex.

“A township resident has proposed a generous donation of about 70 acres of property near Hofma Park,” said Grand Haven Township Supervisor Mark Reenders.

The donation, Reenders said, would be contingent upon a development plan coming together that emphasizes sports fields and active recreation.

“Because this land gift would correspond with the need of the North Ottawa Recreation Authority to acquire property for a planned recreation complex, the township is collaborating with both NORA and the (Tri-Cities Family) YMCA on a development plan,” Reenders said, “and is hoping that, by acting together, we can improve the recreational opportunities for area residents.”

NORA Coordinator Jill Vander Stel said that the prospect of the township acquiring a large enough piece of property for sports and recreation “is a very unique opportunity.”

Vander Stel said conversations are ongoing between the NORA board, the local YMCA, the local Chamber of Commerce and Grand Haven Area Community Foundation about the creation of a recreation development plan.

“One of the things holding us back from having a recreation plan was having property,” Vander Stel said. “It’s definitely something that could be a possibility for NORA, working toward the vision for some type of complex.”

As the plan for the development of the property progresses, Reenders said that Grand Haven Township would share more information with the public.

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