Secchia family donates $3M to Millennium Park

File photo of Millennium Park. (Courtesy accesskent.com)
File photo of Millennium Park. (Courtesy accesskent.com)

WALKER, Mich. (WOOD) — A multi-million dollar gift will change the face of Kent County’s Millennium Park.

Peter Secchia’s family will contribute $3 million toward the development of the Meadows at Millennium Park in Walker.

The Meadows will be located across from the park’s recreation area, and will be used for hosting group events and community gatherings.

“The views are spectacular and this green space will be for urban dwellers as their park for decades,” said Peter Secchia. “My dream is a natural amphitheater setting to be used by schools and churches, for community recitals and graduations…and hopefully serve the community for many years.”

The gift is structured as a $3 million private placement bond issue to the Secchia Family Limited Partnership; however, the county will not be required to pay back the principal.

“Millennium Park has always served as one of the best public-private partnerships in West Michigan, and this project is yet another example of that,” said County Administrator Daryl Delabbio.

“For a minimal investment, the county will receive immediate access to $3 million it does not need to pay back,” County Board Chair Dan Koorndyk commented. “We thank the Secchia family for their commitment to making this a truly world-class, award winning park through their generous commitment to this partnership with the county.”

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