There are still Midlanders who remember a time when the town rented cabins and cottages at Little Lake Park. There was also a boat house and canoes and row boats to be rented. We knew one Woodstock couple who returned to cottage in the park over a 10 to 15 year span, camping at the park was so popular. During its waning years 30-40 years ago, a popular NHL player wanted to hold summer hockey camp in Midland. He and his backers were prepared to pay top price to rent summer housing in the park. They would have all their meals in downtown Midland, not have them catered.
When informed the ice making machine couldn’t handle summer conditions the businessman offered to buy a new system which would belong to the town. Wow a dream come true, summer hockey camp operated by a well-known NHLer who would also hire other big league players to coach youngsters. Midland would have been put on the hockey world’s map, right? Wrong!
No matter how hard the parks board ( one was on the board at that time) tried to urge council it was a good deal, it was rejected. So the camp moved elsewhere and was a total hit……there are times one thinks it has something to do with our drinking water that so many good ideas get the thumbs down. It seems if the idea didn’t germinate by a few self-serving string pullers it just wasn’t a viable option. So Midland failed to host a an annual summer hockey school and another community enjoyed all the benefits. Bet many of you may have a similar story to share with us. Midland needs to hit the mark more than it misses. A few events this summer gives way to a glimmer of hope but the real issues may be missed while they happen in camera or while we are distracted on something new but of no real consequence when compared to what is at stake right now. Now, I need to go hang up my floatie to dry.