Ontario recreation district plan gains momentum

Malheur County Commissioner Don Hodge offers a suggestion for a proposed independent recreation district in Ontario at a public hearing June 20. The county court approved the boundaries for the proposed district and set a final public hearing on the matter July 11. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

VALE – The wording on the formal announcement bothered Ontario resident Judith Kirby.

She recently spotted the official notice about a proposed independent recreation district at Ontario City Hall and then at the Ontario Community Library.

“I kept seeing it as parks and recreation. And I thought, we can’t take over parks,” said Kirby.

She decided to attend the hearing set on the recreation district before the Malheur County Court held last week.

“I didn’t want to be a thorn in the side but I wanted to . . .