“We’re going to continue with the operation of the fountain, and the fountain will still be operational,” Grand Haven Facilities Manager Dan Vivian said. “The stuff to run it is still in place.”
Vivian said what will be missing is the technical support that Boyink had offered the city.
Boyink has volunteered for the city for the past 18 years. He helped program fountain shows and provided technical assistance in a variety of areas.
Boyink said he would no longer volunteer for the city after City Council on Monday night voted down his planned Holiday Road Light Show idea, which was proposed to be set up along Franklin Avenue.
City Manager Pat McGinnis said that he is confident that the Musical Fountain show will go on as planned for years to come. He said that the city is “equipped to maintain” the fountain and continue to operate the show.
“(Boyink) has always been a valuable volunteer, but we will continue to have a Musical Fountain show,” McGinnis said. “I know he was an avid Musical Fountain fan and helped out when he could, (but) it’s not going to be a trauma to the system.”
McGinnis said he fails to see a connection between the light show being denied and involvement with the fountain.
Boyink, however, defended his decision to step down.
“I'm tired of continuously giving and trying to do good, only to be continuously be beaten down," he said. "Why should I continue to help a city that apparently does not want to be helped, and put so little value in the people who try to better it?
“I'm tired, I've had enough, and it's time to fade away," Boyink said.
Boyink’s partner has also decided to take down the custom creation software for the Musical Fountain and close the website for the service.
Despite the city’s assurance that the fountain show would go on, Boyink said there are some concerns. They include getting LED lights permanently set up, dealing with the software package and communications to run the fountain, interfacing the fireworks with the fountain for both the Fourth of July and Coast Guard Festival, and even putting lights on Dewey Hill for the Coast Guard Festival.
“I wish them only the best success and hope they can resolve these issue before the next season,” Boyink said.
Monday night’s decision by City Council to reject the light show also marks the end of Holiday Road’s run. Boyink said the show is done.
“It’s been seven wonderful years,” he said. “Every time we found a location, there’s someone there to fight you on it."
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