“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life; and the procedure, the process is its own reward.”
Ten years ago the Municipal Alliance met with recreation leaders to thank them for their commitment to positive youth development in Hopewell Valley and to find out how to support their efforts. The need for facilities and funding quickly emerged as priorities for the recreation community.
A Recreation Roundtable was formed to determine how our community could work together to meet these needs. Members of the roundtable included the heads of all the recreation providers and leagues in the community, including the YMCA, HVRSD school board and district leaders, and the three Hopewell Valley mayors.
The result has been an unbelievable collaboration to advocate and fund raise for needed recreational opportunities and facilities for citizens of all ages in the community.
Ten years ago there was no recreation director, no recreation advisory committee, no recreation budget, and no recreation master plan. The fields at Brandon Farms were unplayable, the Athletic Fields at Timberlane were non-existent and the skate park was only a dream. So much has been accomplished since those early meetings. The Foundation’s success has depended on the generosity of individuals, the school district, local, county and state government, the business community, and our corporate neighbors and on the realization that we can do more together than we could ever accomplish on our own.