The Childhood Nostalgia is Gone, but the New Playground is Amazing
I recently let you know the sad news that the beloved Imagination Station Grand Haven was going to be torn down. While I am sad to see a part of my childhood gone, I am happy to report that the new playground is now open to the public!
The Imagination Station is one of over 85 playgrounds in west Michigan.
Imagination Station Grand Haven: A Playground Built for Coast Guard City
The Imagination Station Grand Haven is located behind the Tri-Cities YMCA parking lot. The new playground features fun details that reflect the city of Grand Haven. Children can find a lighthouse, anchors, familiar street signs, and a Coast Guard boat while playing. In addition to cool landmarks, the new slides, rock walls, and rope structures are sure to be a hit, too!
Unlike the old play structures, the new playground is handicap accessible. The ground is soft and bouncy (no more dusty rocks!) and there are ramps in place of stairs.
The New Imagination Station is Beautiful!
Dream Big, Plan Big, Volunteer Big
Over the past year fundraising and planning efforts were underway. Fun fact: they used the same company and planning process that they used when they built the original in 1990!
When the old playground was torn down, the new playground was quickly built by a team of fearless volunteers.
On Nov 1, 2018, the new playground was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Grand Haven Mayor Geri McCaleb, Michigan Economic Development Corporation representative Lindsay Viviano, and Reimagine Project co-chairpersons Chris and Kristi Streng were all present and thanked the community for rallying behind them.
Get ready to make a bunch of new memories at this wonderful place!
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