NORA Policies
  • A full refund will be issued if NORA cancels a class.
  • A full refund less a $5 processing fee will be issued if participant cancels at least 48 hours prior to the start of the class. 
  •  If cancellation is less than 48 hours of class beginning, a voucher for the value of the class will be issued less the $5 processing fee. 

  • NO REFUND will be issued if canceling on day of class. NO REFUND will be issued after class starts regardless of attendance. 
  •  A $15.00 fee will be charged for all returned checks.  

  • In most cases, registration deadline is one week prior to start of program.  Some programs require more notice than one week.   A $10 fee will be assessed for late enrollmennt. 
  • Residents are those who live in the GHAPS District Boundaries:  Grand Haven City, Grand Haven Township, City of Ferrysburg, Robinson Township, parts of Port Sheldon Township or attend GHAPS.
  • NORA reserves the right to cancel programs if the minimum enrollment is not achieved. 

  Visa and MasterCard accepted. Payment must accompany registration form to be processed. Make checks payable to NORA or Northwest Ottawa Recreation Authority. You may register at the Recreation office, by mail or online.

Financial Assistance

      If your family is in need of financial assistance to be able to participate in a NORA program, we have assistance provided by the Chris Christiansen Youth Scholarship Fund.  If you haven't applied in the past, please fill out the attached form and send it into the NORA office. 


     Once you are NORA approved, registering online will show you the reduced rate that you qualify for specifically, for each program at checkout. 


     If you want to send your registration and check in the mail,, please call the NORA office at 616-850-5125 for the reduced fees for each program. 


     Don't hesitate to call our office if you have any questions.


If you'd like to make a donation to the Northwest Ottawa Recreation Authority, please use the attached form.  Donations are always accepted and appreciated!  Your generous donation helps to keep the costs down of our programs for everyone!

 NORA stands for "Northwest Ottawa Recreation Authority." 

It represents the northwest corner of Ottawa County, more specifically, Grand Haven Area Public Schools (GHAPS) district boundaries.  NORA is the product of Articles of Incorporation between the City of Grand Haven, Grand Haven Charter Township, Robinson Township, the City of Ferrysburg and GHAPS. 

This agreement is a cooperative effort to provide quality recreation and leisure activities for the residents of our community.  

 NORA's Vision

  • Recreation is an activity engaged in during leisure. Recreation can be a mental, physical or social in nature.
  • Recreation provides enrichment, cultural, educational and recreational opportunities.
  • Recreation can improve the quality of life.
  • Community recreation provides an alternative to self-destructive and anti-social behaviors.
  • Recreation together builds strong families.
  • Recreational opportunities, facilities and quality of environment are a building block for community pride.
  • Recreation contributes to the environmental health of our community by the provision of parks, open spaces, and protected natural environments.