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Memory garden work underway

Becky Vargo • May 9, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Bricks have been laid and plants are in the ground at the William Van Regenmorter Memory Garden outside the Ottawa County Courthouse in Grand Haven.

Work is a little ahead of schedule on the garden honoring the late state legislator from Ottawa County for his work with crime victims. 

The groundbreaking for the garden took place April 24. A dedication ceremony is planned for July 27, once the plants have had time to fill out the area, according to project coordinator Joan Grillo, who is also the victim rights coordinator for the county.

Crews from Brookview Lawn Care of Zeeland spent last week preparing the area and poured cement for the walkways. On Monday, they placed 93 engraved bricks and a several hundred plants and trees.

Grillo said bricks are still being sold to fund the garden, maintenance and any expansion.

Bricks are $100, and can be purchased by going online to miottawa.org; or by mail (check payable to Ottawa County) to: Joan Grillo, Victim Rights Coordinator, Ottawa County Prosecutor’s Office, 414 Washington Ave., Room 120, Grand Haven, MI 49417.

Grillo announced at the groundbreaking ceremony that the original $20,000 goal had been reached. Additional funds will also be used to buy benches or expand the garden.

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