ADVOCATING FOR A new Senior Activity Center are, from left, Christine Murphy, Noreen Johnson and Annette Klein. 							                     Ian Stepleton photo
ADVOCATING FOR A new Senior Activity Center are, from left, Christine Murphy, Noreen Johnson and Annette Klein. Ian Stepleton photo

     Who wants to be a half millionaire?

     While that question may sound like something Regis Philbin might ask, it’s a query Ripon Park & Rec Committee members have been asking community groups for the past four months.

     Since February, the Park & Rec folks have entertained concepts from the Ripon Senior Activity Center, a downtown group, a proposed Boys & Girls Club, baseball boosters and a planned cultural center.

     As a December deadline nears, the time for conceptualizing is over.

     Plans are now necessary, with design renderings, site options, budget, construction timetable and a narrative that describes who will benefit and how.

     The group that makes the most complete and compelling case for why they should be custodian of the $500,000 the city is offering from the estate of Lloyd and Grace Miller likely will be the beneficiary of the funds.

     For four months representatives of community organizations have appeared before the committee to dip their toes in the water.

     It’s time for someone to dive in. ...
                                                                   — Tim Lyke

     To read the entire column, see the June 6, 2016 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.