Some people may not be aware of the history behind the recent failed measure to create a parks and rec district in Brookings-Harbor. This journey began as a humble vision in 2010 by Dr. Juliane Leighton, who dared to dream that our area would be greatly served by a year-round aquatics and recreation facility.

That dream morphed into a group of people who formed a non-profit, FBHAC (Friends of the Brookings-Harbor Aquatic Center), whose goal was to engage the community in this endeavor. FBHAC spent several years fundraising and garnering support for the project and eventually a recreation center task force was formed in alliance with the city of Brookings, the Grants Pass YMCA, and several civic-minded local citizens. The task force then spent several years surveying the community’s needs, exploring funding sources and creating architectural plans for the center.

We collaborated with the Wild Rivers Community Foundation, Allcare Health, Western Health and got solid advice from several experts regarding a project of this magnitude. Eventually, we came to the conclusion that the best way to provide a sustainable recreation center for the community was to pass a bond through an established parks and rec district. This plan was the culmination of 11 years of an incalculable amount of volunteer hours on behalf of an incredible group of people. People who took precious time away from their own families and children in the hopes of providing a community resource with the potential to positively impact every citizen of Brookings-Harbor whether through added property value, an economic boost, community vitality, or health and wellness benefits.

Thank you to every business, every donor and every person who contributed to this worthwhile objective. Hopefully, someday in the future, our community will decide to make this dream a reality.

Vanessa Nidiffer

Brookings

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