WALKER, Mich. (WOOD) — A $3.5 million expansion of Kent County’s Millennium Park is now open to visitors.
Community leaders and donors dedicated The Meadows on Thursday. The 50-acre addition includes a pavilion, amphitheater, boardwalk and trail extensions.
The Secchia family financed the majority of the work; The Bill Currie family donated $100,000 toward building the Currie Family Amphitheater.
The William F. Grant Pavilion is named after philanthropist Peter Secchia’s mentor when he was hired at Universal Forest Products in 1962. The walkway has been dubbed the Employees of Universal Products Boardwalk.
“Kent County is incredibly fortunate to have the Secchia family as a major benefactor and biggest supporter of Millennium Park, which today stands as one of the largest land reclamation projects in Michigan – and perhaps in the Midwest,” stated Kent County Commission leader Jim Saalfeld. “And once again, through the generosity of the Secchia Family, The Meadows offers our park users with endless recreational opportunities and experiences. I am so appreciative for all Peter Secchia and his family have done, and continue to do, for our community.”
The Grant Pavilion features seating for 300 people and a 4,300 square-foot plaza overlooking a lake. The Currie Amphitheater is available for small concerts, corporate outings and other events.
Millennium Park is one of the largest urban parks in the country, stretching into Grand Rapids, Walker, Grandville and Wyoming. The space already includes a six-acre beach, splashpad, boat rental facilities, picnic shelter, playground and nearly 20 miles of trails.