City sets up fundraising agreement with Community Foundation

Alex Doty • Oct 6, 2017 at 2:00 PM

The city has established an agreement with the Grand Haven Community Foundation to help fundraising efforts for the new Imagination Station play space.

City Council unanimously approved an agreement on Monday night setting up a community service fund at the foundation to help with the fundraising.

City officials say successful fundraising efforts of the past decade have been done in collaboration with the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation. The city has used the community service funds for the Save the Catwalk, Waterfront Stadium, Musical Fountain, lighthouses, the boardwalk and the Coal Tipple.

City officials note that they have a smooth system worked out with the Community Foundation, where community advocates run the projects with direct city oversight. Invoices are paid by the city and periodic draws are taken form the fund at the Community Foundation. Every invoice payment is first verified with the Community Foundation to ensure adequate funds are available.

The Reimagine Project is a community effort to engage local residents and children, and raise money for a redesigned Imagination Station play space. More than 100 local students will explore needs and develop ideas for a space that will be accessible for all ages and abilities.

Designers from Leathers & Associates will take the kids’ designs and create a final design that will be revealed at 6 p.m. today at the Tri-Cities Family YMCA.

The project is slated to cost about $500,000, which will be funded through donations and grants. More than 1,500 volunteers are expected to help the play space take shape during the building phase next fall.

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