But when game time rolled around on Nov. 1, the skies opened up, the rains fell in sheets, and Grabinski Field turned into a glorified cow pasture, with more mud than grass remaining by the end of the game — a heartbreaking Lakers’ loss.
On May 6, voters will have the opportunity to decide on a pair of bond proposals, the second of which would provide significant upgrades to the Spring Lake Public Schools athletic facilities.
No, Grabinski Field won’t be replaced should the bond proposal pass, but the historic field would receive plenty of upgrades, and would also see a much lighter schedule of games due to new fields planned at Spring Lake High School.
Lakers’ athletic director Cavin Mohrhardt recently took some time to highlight the proposed improvements, and why they’re needed.
“This would take care of the needs we have athletically,” Mohrhardt said. “The big thing is, it’s going to leave Grabinski where it’s at. People didn’t want it moved out of the village, and I agree with them. I’m not sure if there’s a better place to be in West Michigan on a Friday night, right on the river. It’s a great atmosphere.”
Mohrhardt said he and several others put a significant amount of time and energy trying to gauge the community’s sentiments on athletic improvements.
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