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17 West Michigan placemaking projects are splitting $6.1 million in state awarded funding

Sullvan Field rendering
Integrated Architecture
Clark Communications
Sullvan Field rendering

Highlights include money for the restoration of Grand Rapids’ Sullivan Field and Holland’s Community Ice Skating Park.

The second round of Revitalization and Placemaking Program funding has been released. The money from the American Rescue Plan is distributed through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

In West Michigan, 41 competitive applications from 11 counties were received with 17 gaining approval from the project team consisting of regional economic development organization, The Right Place, Lakeshore Advantage, and Greater Muskegon Economic Development.

Highlights include the restoration of Grand Rapids’ Sullivan Field. The baseball park constructed in 1937 is receiving $680,000. Nonprofit Fans of Valley Field capital campaign goal is $4.1 million, Money for renovating the grandstands, museum addition and other amenities.

Holland Community Ice Skating Park
Clark Communication
Clark Communication
Holland Community Ice Skating Park

The City of Holland’s 30-acres Window on the Waterfront Park is the beneficiary of $800,000. Money for constructing an $8 million outdoor community ice skating park that includes a large man-made frozen pond connected to an ice track or “ribbon” looping through the area.

The 17 area projects:

Fennville Downtown Amphitheater, City of Fennville, Allegan County

Mahan Park Improvement Project, City of Allegan, Allegan County

City of Hastings DDA Streetscape, City of Hastings, Barry County

Looking Glass River Plaza, City of Portland, Ionia County

36th Street Marketplace, City of Wyoming, Kent County

Sullivan Field Restoration, City of Grand Rapids, Kent County

Dwight Lydell Park Restoration, Plainfield Township, Kent County

Cascade Library Outdoor Gardens, Cascade Twp, Kent County

Improvements to Canal Park, City of Grand Rapids, Kent County

Garden Club Park Phase II, City of Rockford, Kent County

Thornapple River Pedestrian Bridge, Ada Township, Kent County

Depot Trail Head Park, City of Big Rapids, Mecosta County

Stone Hatchery Park, Green Township, Mecosta County

West Colby Promenade, City of Whitehall, Muskegon County

Vida Weaver Park Pavilion, Village of Hesperia, Newaygo County

Shelby Community Park, Shelby Township, Oceana County

Holland Community Ice Skating Park, City of Holland, Ottawa County

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.