Musical Fountain costs cut

The updated Musical Fountain has been dazzling crowds for several weeks now, and it is all thanks to support from the community.
Alex Doty
Jun 29, 2013


“There’s no way you can call it anything but a success,” project fundraiser Ken Formsma said of the $340,000 renovation. “It’s over and above what we anticipated — but that’s Grand Haven.”

Formsma said he is impressed with what people accomplished in a short amount of time. The goal to raise $50,000 by Memorial Day was more than doubled.

“That’s a success story," Formsma said.

Holly Johnson, president of the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, said the initial large donations helped kick off the campaign.

“When we got those large gifts first, it allowed us to raise that last $50,000 at a grassroots level,” she said. “That extra money will be able to support the Musical Fountain going forward. ... The community definitely stepped up to help. They’re going to be able to add money to an endowment fund because they raised more money than they needed.”

About $120,000 has been raised for the restoration project, Johnson said.

To read more of this story, see Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



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