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New Recreation Center in GT County?

September 18, 2013
New Recreation Center in GT County?

The Grand Traverse County Parks and Recreation Commission will discuss a long-range proposal to develop an indoor fieldhouse in the county at its monthly meeting this Thurs., Sept 19, 6 p.m. at the Governmental Center (Commission Chambers on the second floor).

The fieldhouse could accommodate basketball, volleyball and other activities as well as workout facilities and possibly even a daycare, according to the county's Parks and Recreation Director Jason Jones.

Commissioners will review a need/feasibility update of the 10-year vision and discuss potential partners, including Northwestern Michigan College and Traverse City Area Public Schools.


Most Recent Comments

 
Ms. K on September 21, 2013 10:10am

Building a recreation center in our unique NW MI OUTdoor recreational haven is oxymoronic. FOUR basket/volleyball courts exist in our high school & middle school gyms. Won't the new airplane hangar, uh, YMCA provide workout & daycare facilities? Turn unoccupied stores in Cherryland, Horizon Outlet, Crossing Circle into facilities & use more of those mostly empty parking lots. Let’s preserve the unique natural environment in which we are so fortunate to live.

Kc Deyoung on September 19, 2013 5:28pm

No not at the Civic Center on Front St. you'd be cramming 10 pounds of county commission and Jason Jones crap in a 5 pound bag. Make it happen on a another accessible site in the county. Not everything that serves the "county" has to be in TC. However the county commission stink lingers there quite a bit!

Tom Van Deinse on September 19, 2013 5:03pm

Last year the YMCA gave out over $100,000 in financial aid to kids, families, and seniors. The Y receives no government or national association assistance. All operating funds come from local donations, memberships, and program fees (like tennis fees). As a non-profit, any year-end surplus goes right back into helping kids and families. New Y rates ($49/adult/mo) will be higher than current Y rates ($38/adult/mo), but anyone who wants to continue to use only the "Old Y" may pay the lower rate (actually, it will be $39/adult /mo, or $19/senior/mo, which is LESS than the current rate).

Heather G. on September 19, 2013 1:23pm

We don't need any more playing fields in the County. Throw up a tent (or other enclosure) over a field which already exists. BUILD MORE POOLS. Just make sure there are enough women's toilets at any new facility, field or aquatic. There never are.

Supporter on September 19, 2013 1:11pm

The current location of the civic center would be ideal for a new recreational center. Not only is it close to Central High school and NMC, but it connects to the TART. Thank You Jason Jones for your forward thinking and for working to create a COMMUNITY center accessible and affordable for EVERYONE.

RM on September 19, 2013 12:51pm

You have to consider the area Andrea. I have always been surprised that Kalkaska can support two grocery stores, let alone a community rec center like the Kalisium.
Traverse would be pulling from a much larger pool.

Andrea on September 19, 2013 11:23am

Has the P & R asked Kalkaska about their Kalisium? It is still struggling. We don't need monies spent this way.

Sara Mossberg on September 18, 2013 11:16pm

The civic Center is not going anywhere..and will not be replaced or roffed over..... The new Rec Center would be built some where else with squandered ideas and money from the Sonny Wheelock led "email the sun" farce of a county commission!

Restless Native on September 18, 2013 8:35pm

This new recreational center is supposed to "replace" the Civic Center. So what will go there? Wait, I have an idea! How about affordable housing?

Picklball on September 18, 2013 4:06pm

Oh, and keep Pickleball @ the old YMCA! I'm sure that the building will just sit in the swamp!

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