7.1.15: $2M donation for Holland Civic Center renovation plan
HOLLAND, MI (Mlive) –A $2 million donation is moving up plans for a long-needed renovation of Holland’s 61-year-old Civic Center, a property that will also see a dramatic change outside it doors as the city transforms an asphalt parking lot to a park-like setting.
City leaders announced an $11 million plan for bringing the city facility, at 50 W. Ninth St., into the 21st century. Upgrades include adding air conditioning and renovating restrooms, doors and windows and making it accessible for those with disabilities.
The parking lot will turn into an outdoor venue with reflection pool that becomes a skating rink during the winter, children’s sculpture garden, performance stage, terraced seating area and a splash pad.
The property is next to the Eighth Street Market, home to the city’s twice-a-week Farmer’s Market, featuring 80 local farmers and food artisans.
The benefactor’s identity will be revealed at a later date when the new name of the facility, which will bear the donor’s parent’ names, is announced.
The timing of the announcement coincides with a major private investment being eyed for Eighth Street, between River and Pine Avenues.
Despite its condition, the facility is used for 500 events a year from sports games to meetings.
Still, a lack of amenities have kept the facility from fully being used.