2017-09-07 / Editorial

Well done, Artesia

Last Saturday marked a special moment in the history of Houghton Lake’s Artesia Youth Park – the burning of its mortgage.

A dozen years ago, a group sought to transform the former Roscommon County Road Commission’s Houghton Lake garage into a place for youth to gather in a safe environment. Volunteers have spent thousands of hours over the past 12 years turning that overwhelming undertaking into reality. From painting and scrubbing to spaghetti dinners and garage sales, much love and hard work have gone into Artesia Youth Park.

Today, Artesia – as it is often referred to as – offers a wide range of activities to area youth as well as adults. It serves as a place where young people can recreate and it also serves as a place for adults to gather. Basketball and pickleball are played by people of all ages. CenterShot Archery offers programming for many and youth sports organizations clamoring for space in the winter months have a home.

The benefit Artesia has on the community is immeasurable and those who volunteer and support it deserve recognition. But, that’s not what they really want. What they really want is support from the community. From financial donations to volunteering to business sponsorships, help is needed to continue to keep Artesia open and offering meaningful programming.

“We want this place to be rockin’ seven days a week,” Jo- Jean Thompson, president of Artesia Youth Park, told the Resorter during the burning of the mortgage ceremony.

Thompson said Artesia is “a great place to work with the community and give volunteer time that is much appreciated and can change lives.”

We congratulate those who have worked so hard for so long in making Artesia a reality. We also urge anyone who has time, talent or dollars to spare to offer their support.

Artesia’s mission statement is “To be a safe and healthy place for kids and adults to play and exercise” and its goal is “to refresh our community!” Thompson told the Resorter.

It is refreshing to see hard work, dedication and faith turn a dream into a reality.

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