An organizational meeting for a recreation center to serve southern Van Buren County has been set for 5-8 p.m. Aug. 17 at the old Scotland High School.

Plans call for life-term commissioners and a board of directors with four-year terms to oversee the center, which will be at the old Scotland school buildings, according to organizer Cary Huff. The board of directors will be elected at the Aug. 17 meeting.

According to its proposed bylaws, one purpose of the center is to offer recreation, park and leisure opportunities for citizens of southern Van Buren County. Another is to promote those communities, which include Buttercreek, Claude, Gravel Hill, Pleasant Grove, Scotland and Walnut Grove, and "stop the degradation" of the area, which in recent years has lost its schools to consolidation and has seen its post office on a list for possible closure.

Planned offerings at the Scotland Recreation Center include an indoor swimming pool, weight room, indoor racket ball and basketball courts, an indoor walking course and game room; trails for ATVs, horses and hiking; target ranges; recreation courses and other classes.

Huff said the recreation center would be run by volunteers and open to all county residents. At this time, he said, organizers are planning to use donations to get the center up and running. He said no funds from the county would be requested for now.

Huff said one of his goals in creating the center is to "unify southern Van Buren County."