The lighthouse is currently being refurbished. The boardwalk receives regular upgrades. The Coast Guard station is a beautiful structure.
Then there's Waterfront Stadium.
Is it up to date? Nope. Aesthetically pleasing? Not even close. Functional? That’s debatable.
Waterfront Stadium is one part of Grand Haven’s waterfront that has been lost in time, a relic from the days when it was built in the late 1960s. It looks drastically out of place along today’s waterfront, as if the tornado from "The Wizard of Oz" lifted the dilapidated old bleachers out of a ball field in Kansas and deposited them on our waterfront.
It’s time for a change. Kudos to our area leaders for recognizing that and taking action.
A group composed of representatives from the local Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Development Authority, the city's Planning Commission, other city officials and several community groups have met to discuss possible solutions, and a few designs have been drawn up.
The group has proposed changing the stadium into more of a green and natural area, with tiered seating built into the landscape.
We think it’s a fantastic idea and are excited to see more concrete plans presented to the community early next year.
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