Through a directed gift from an anonymous donor, the village acquired the property from private owners on June 1. No village funds were used to purchase the property, which is being added to the park.
"The addition of this beautiful property to Pomona Park reinforces our efforts to increase public access to Spring Lake and provide more recreational opportunities in the Village of Fruitport," Village President Roger Vanderstelt said. “It was touch and go for a while, but we all stayed steadfast to the effort.”
Pomona Park is an 8.5-acre community park that offers boating, fishing, picnicking, kayaking, a multi-use path, band shell, playground, and temporary space for carnivals and special events. The park serves a much larger population than just village residents due to its public boat launch and the annual Old Fashioned Days celebration over Memorial Day weekend. The park also boasts a rich history in music and dancing, and was once a popular resort for its mineral springs.
“It literally took a village to see this effort finally come to fruition and we are thrilled to add a chapter to the history of Pomona Park,” Village Trustee Amy Haack said. “... It is reassuring to know there are still caring and generous people left in the world,” noting the anonymous gift for the land acquisition.