Print this page

RECREATION PROGRAM INFORMATION

RECREATION PROGRAM INFORMATION
The City of Ferrysburg provides a wide variety of recreation programs to its residents through the Northwest Ottawa Recreation Program (NORP). The programs offered through NORP serve all age groups and interests, and are operated on a year-round basis. Aquatic programs include group and individual swimming lessons, lifeguard training and a competition swim team. Youth sports and classes range from team sports of soccer, football, basketball and volleyball for both boys and girls, to indoor activities such as karate, bowling, wrestling and aikido. Adult sports programs include men's and women's basketball and volleyball, co-ed volleyball, softball leagues, golf, beach volleyball, tennis instruction and karate instruction. The NORP maintains detailed participant data for all of its programs. City of Ferrysburg resident participation in various program categories for 2001-2003 were as follows:

Program Category     City Participants
Fall/Winter/Spring
2001-02     Summer
2001-02     Fall/Winter/Spring
2002-03     Summer
2002-03

Youth Sports     24     112     123     104
Adult Sports     33     98     31     70
Special Events     56     0     74     0
Open Gyms/Open Swim     NA     NA     51     NA
TOTAL PARTICIPANTS     113     210     279     174

Source: Northwest Ottawa Recreation Program, Annual Report, 2001-03.

Other Tri-Cities area recreation programs include the Tri-Cities Kids' Baseball league, Rocket Football, AYSO Soccer and activities with approximately 1,200 participants and programs at the Tri-Cities YMCA, located in Grand Haven.

Senior Citizen Programs
Spring Lake Community Schools offers a very popular senior citizen program through the public school system. The program, which operates only during the school year, allows participants the opportunity to enjoy leisure time activities while earning high school completion credits. Some of the favorite programs include computer science and word processing, exercise and nutrition, journalism, history, furniture making and cooking. In addition to these activities, the program offers a lunch program on the first Thursday of every month. Although this program is only two years old, nearly 600 senior citizens are taking part.

The Senior Energize Program is another program available to area seniors. Offered by Mercy Hospital, this activity gives participants one hour of low impact aerobic exercise three times a week. An average of 10 - 12 citizens attend each of the classes, which are held at the Spring Lake Presbyterian Church.

The North Ottawa County Council on Aging, located at 18 North Fifth Street in Grand Haven,offers several services and activities to senior citizens that include noon lunches (minimal charge), home delivered meals to those who qualify, high school completion classes, craft classes, medical check-ups (minimal charge), and travel programs. In addition to these senior programs, several area churches offer activities throughout the year. Ferrysburg residents support this via a millage.