Caleb, 7, and Joshua, 5, and their mom, Jamie, happened to drive past the Imagination Station when they noticed workers removing the nearly 30-year-old structure.
In the coming weeks, the Mulligan’s Hollow site will be prepared for volunteers to build a new play space in October.
Jamie Corliss said she recalled when her grandparents, who lived in Grand Haven, taking her and her sister to the Imagination Station to play as children.
“I remember my sister and I playing there,” she said, “and to watch these guys play there, it’s kind of neat.”
Last week, the Ferrysburg family visited the Imagination Station. Over the years, Joshua said he liked climbing the sides of the structure, and Caleb said he enjoyed trying to solve the mystery of the hidden treasure.
Although Caleb said he was sad to see his favorite place to play get torn down, he’s excited about the new play space.
Last fall, more than 100 West Michigan children designed the new play space. The Reimagine Project reached its $500,000 fundraising goal during the summer.
The Reimagine Project committee is still looking for volunteers to help fill 3,000 shifts during “Build Week,” which is slated for Oct. 9-14. People interested in volunteering or donating tools for “Build Week” can sign up online at www.gh-reimagine.org/volunteer.