Changes made to Memorial Day events

Alex Doty • May 12, 2018 at 10:00 AM

Workers are putting the finishing touches on Grand Haven’s Waterfront Stadium, and while the work should be finished by the summer, changes needed to be made to this year’s Memorial Day events.

The post-parade ceremony, which typically takes place at the stadium, will instead this year take place at Grand Haven’s Central Park.

Chris Streng, a member of the Memorial Day Association, said event organizers had planned to host the event at the new Lynne Sherwood Waterfront Stadium when they started to discuss the planning for this year’s Memorial Day events.

“As we went along, we received word from the city that we’d better look for an alternative,” he said.

After having several meetings and brainstorming sessions, Streng said it was decided that the post-parade ceremony would have a temporary home at Central Park. The location, he said, provides an appropriate setting with both the Fallen Heroes and World War I monuments located at the park, and the fountain in the center of the park serving as a backdrop.

“There will be seating, but it will be limited,” Streng said, adding that he encourages people to bring their own seats if possible. “It’ll kind of mirror (Tuesdays) in the Park.”

As a result of the post-parade relocation, the parade itself will slightly change. The parade route will be from Harbor Drive to Washington Avenue, then to Fourth Street.

“We like the parade route,” Streng said. “We’ll just be coming in from the other direction.”

Based on details approved by the city earlier this week, the parade setup will take place along Franklin Avenue, between First Street and Harbor Drive, and from the angled parking on Harbor.

Arrangements have been made for Harbor Transit to pick up participants at Fourth and Columbus Avenue on the north side of the park and take them to Veterans Memorial Park for other events taking place that day.

Streng noted that the event organizers’ goal is to try and limit the changes to the Memorial Day events as much as possible for those who attend the event from out of the area.

“The parade has grown so much over the years,” he said. “There’s a lot of people who have started to come in from other areas outside of Grand Haven.”

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