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City receives $3M donation for Waterfront Stadium

Alex Doty • Apr 21, 2016 at 2:43 PM

The city got a big boost for their Waterfront Stadium redevelopment project today.

The Grand Haven Area Community Foundation announced a $3 million gift to kick off the fund development efforts for the stadium. This surprise gift to the community was made possible because of the generous legacy left by local philanthropist Lynne Sherwood.

“We are a community that is steeped in generosity, and sometimes through loss and sadness we can create opportunities that take our breath away,” said Community Foundation President Holly Johnson. “Lynne Sherwood was one of our community’s most generous philanthropists and her bequest to the Foundation will have a broad and positive impact on this community forever.”

Added Johnson: “While Lynne’s death is still painful, she put great trust in the Community Foundation to facilitate her legacy and ensure that her generosity will continue into perpetuity.”

In February, City Council approved concept plans for the stadium revamp.

The new design would replace the stadium-style bleacher setup with tiered seating built into the landscape; a new band shell and stage; a waterfront lawn area for additional seating; space for volleyball and seasonal ice skating; winter fire pits; restroom and dressing room facilities; and various sculptural and decorative elements.

The seating capacity would be comparable to the current stadium, with 2,000 seats, McCaleb said. She noted that there could be more capacity with temporary seats and bleachers.

See Friday’s Grand Haven Tribune for the complete story.

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