Served by the cops

Marie Havenga • Jan 25, 2019 at 9:00 AM

Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jason Kik and Deputy Corey Allard both volunteered Thursday as guest baristas at Jumpin’ Java in downtown Grand Haven to raise money for the Spring Lake Art in the Park project.

The duo served up coffee for several hours, raising $816 in tips. That will be matched by the Michigan Economic Development Corp. for the project.

Additional proceeds (10 percent of sales) during their five hours of barista service had not been tallied as of press time Thursday.

The village is attempting to raise $30,000 by Feb. 19 to commission artists to paint murals on the backs of buildings along the Lakeside Trail bike path. To date,  more than $23,000 has been raised for the Art in the Park project.

Kik and Allard said research shows public art can actually lead to a reduction in crime.

Anyone wishing to donate to the project may make out a check to the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation with “Art in the Park” in the memo line. Mail it to the foundation at 1 S. Harbor Ave., Grand Haven, MI 49417; or to the village, 102 W. Savidge St., Spring Lake, MI 49456. To donate online, visit patronicity.com/artinthepark or give.ghacf.org/grand-haven-donation and select the “Art in the Park” option.




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