NORA Policies
  1. A full refund will be issued if NORA cancels a class.
  2. A full refund less a $5 processing fee will be issued if participant cancels at least 48 hours prior to the start of class.
  3. If cancellation is less than 48 hours of class beginning, a voucher for value of class will be issued less the $5 processing fee.  VOUCHER CAN BE USED TOWARD ANY NORA CLASS, JUST LIKE CASH, BUT MUST BE USED WITHIN ONE YEAR.
  4. NO REFUND will be issued if canceling on day of class.
  5. NO REFUND will be issued after class starts regardless of attendance.
  6. A $25.00 fee will be charged for all returned checks. Repayment must be in the form of cash.
  7. Registration deadline is 1 week prior to start of program.  $10 fee will be assessed for late enrollment.
  8. Resident= Lives in GHAPS District Boundaries: GH City, GH Twp., City of Ferrysburg, or Robinson Twp.
  9. NORA reserves the right to cancel programs if the minimum enrollment is not achieved
  10. Resident fee is determined by: If you live within the Grand Haven Area Public School district boundaries or in the City of Grand Haven, City of Ferrysburg, Robinson Township, Grand Haven Charter Township or Port Sheldon Township; then you will be charged the resident rate. If you attend GHAPS but live outside these boundaries, you will still qualify at the resident rate.   All others must pay the Non-resident rate.
  11.  Video/Photos: Video recording may be done and/or photos may be taken at our programs/events, and unless the department receives a signed, written objections, videos and photos may be reproduced for NORA publications.
  12. Visa and MasterCard accepted. Payment must accompany registration 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.  Click HERE to learn more about financial assistance.


     Once you are 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 hit the Donate Button on the home page or HERE!  You will have various option amounts to choose from.  If you don't see that amount that fits your needs, please call our office and we will gladly accept your donation.  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 Grand Haven Area Public Schools.  

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

 NORA's Vision

  • Recreation is any activity engaged in during leisure. Recreation can be 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.