Ada is a wonderful place to live, work and play. The past several years have seen an incredible change in the village with the addition of new businesses, the rerouting of streets and the improvement of green space. Now, a group of community leaders is planning to further enhance our community through two key additions:
When completed, these amenities will greatly enhance our downtown, attract more visitors to the village and provide new venues for family gatherings, concerts and social activities right in the heart of our community.
Completing this vision will require a significant cooperative effort. The Ada Township and Downtown Development Authority has invested $4.2 million in this plan. To meet the campaign goal, we are seeking an additional $7 million in community charitable gifts.
Providing first-rate venues in the heart of the downtown is a top priority for our leadership team and an important accomplishment for our region. Success will take the support of many. We hope you'll join us in supporting the campaign!
Community leadership envisions a two-story community center including a library on the land located south of Headley Street in front of The Community Church.
This space would provide opportunities for:
The community center would also provide space for a new Ada library. The library would be managed by the Kent District Library system and may feature the following:
Kent District Library is a public library system operating 19 branches. It serves nearly 400,000 residents of 27 governmental units, comprising most of Kent County.
2/3 of library visitors borrow print books; around half go to read, study or engage with media. Source: Pew Research Center.
Study conducted March 7 - April 4, 2016.
Of the Envision Ada elements, building a riverfront development/outdoor amphitheater/ green space along the Thornapple River was ranked #1 by Feasibility Study respondents.
Investing in Ada and its future is an important undertaking and requires the goodwill of many.
The campaign is seeking $7 million in community philanthropy to provide funding for the new Ada community center, library and riverfront park. You can help us achieve this important goal by supporting the campaign through:
All gifts to the campaign are being held in a separate fund at the Ada Township offices. Your charitable gift is tax deductible to the full extent of state and federal law. Please check with your tax advisor to determine how your gift may affect your personal tax situation.
Join us in bringing a new Community Center, Library and Riverfront Park to Ada village. Click 'buy a brick' to purchase an engraved brick that will be placed at the library, community center or riverfront park, or click "donate now" to make an online gift of any size.