Rotary Club of Grand Haven President Kennard Creason said about $210,000 has been raised for the project so far. Funding is coming from a variety of sources — including the Rotary Club of Grand Haven, Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, Boer Family Fund, Loutit Foundation, JSJ Foundation, Crane Foundation, GMB Architecture, Harbor Industries, Shape Corp., and Soils and Structures, as well as many individual donors.
Creason said they plan on fundraising for the project through August, with additional funds going into a perpetual maintenance fund to pay for repairs and upgrades in the future.
He also said there is no city money involved in the construction of the splash pad. The city will be paying for the electric bill and water expenses, Creason said.
“It’s something you can use when the weather is rough and cold,” Creason said. “It certainly will be good for Chinook Pier in that area and the downtown.”
The installation and construction of the splash pad should last roughly six weeks, with completion expected in August.
Since the initial presentation of the splash pad proposal several months ago, there have been some changes to the design. Instead of having a closed-loop system with filters, that works like a swimming pool, the system will now tap into the city’s water supply and drain into the storm sewer.
“The more we explored it, we felt it would be better to go to a potable water system,” Runschke said.
The splash pad will have computer-controlled preset programs providing a variety of water features.
“There’s quite a few possibilities, but they typically do four pre-set programs with it,” Kirsten Runschke of GMB Architecture said.
She said there are water features designed for toddlers, young children and even families.
“We’re tying to keep it as low-maintenance and low-impact as possible,” Kirsten Runschke said.
Aside from the technical aspects, there will be similar design elements that were used in the downtown reconstruction project. This includes similar brick patterns and exposed concrete aggregate sidewalks. Various levels of recognition will be embedded in the brickwork to honor those who contributed to the project.
Kirsten Runschke said the project won’t have a significant impact on the landscape of the surrounding area, as they plan on leaving existing trees, park benches and grills in the vicinity.
To contribute to the project, send money to the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, 1 S. Harbor Ave., Grand Haven, MI 49417. Brochures about the project are also available at the foundation.