Waterfront Stadium, the lighthouses, the Musical Fountain and the boardwalk are just a few of the treasures found in our Tri-Cities that make this area the unique gem for us to cherish.
One artifact that’s been getting a handful of attention recently is the coal tipple — a relic from Grand Haven’s industrious past.
The tipple, which looms over Harbor Drive, has been abandoned for many years. Since the last train steamed out of town, there hasn’t been any use for it.
That was until recently.
Several years ago, talk came up at a Grand Haven City Council meeting about what to do with the concrete tower. Should it be demolished, or should it be saved? That was the question.
At a meeting earlier this month, City Council decided to spend money out of its budget to clean and screen the structure from animals. Once that is done, officials may look at conducting an analysis of the structure to see if or how the tipple could be preserved.
While it’s neat to see some grassroots enthusiasm about the concrete tipple, there’s no argument that there are also more pressing needs in the community. Perhaps the community could spend money and lead an effort toward a revitalization project at Waterfront Stadium. With talk about doing a project to upgrade and modernize this space in the coming years, why not spend the money that would be used on the tipple on something the community can use?
We’ve all seen the tremendous efforts that have been put into making our waterfront beautiful, and making the stadium a top-notch attraction would be icing on the cake. Preserving something that, for all intents and purposes, is obsolete seems like an idea that could use some second thought.
While it’d be nice to save every possible artifact in the community, we can’t swoop in and save everything. Let us look ahead and save the things that are most beneficial to our downtown.
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