Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is expanding!

The non-profit has launched a $115 million capital campaign titled Welcoming the World: Honoring a Legacy of Love.

According to a press release, Meijer Gardens has experienced so much growth in guest attendance, membership, art collections, dedicated garden spaces and educational programs -- that major expansions are needed.

The project will include:

  • A new 60,000 square foot, LEED certified Welcome Center
  • A new 20,000 square foot, LEED certified Covenant Learning Center
  • A new Peter C. and Emajean Cook Transportation Center
  • Expanded and upgraded Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater
  • A new Sculpture Garden Entry Plaza
  • A reimagined and expanded BISSELL, Inc. Scenic Corridor
  • A new Outdoor Picnic Pavilion
  • A new Padnos Families Rooftop Sculpture Garden
  • Expanded and accessible parking and urban gardens

Construction is scheduled to begin in fall 2017 and is expected to last four years.

The new areas will allow the gardens to expand annual horticulture exhibitions, provide more galleries for sculpture exhibitions, add room for guests to move about safely and easily, host more events and create additional space that is LEED-certified and architecturally significant.

To date, nearly $102 million has been raised for the capital campaign.

For more information, please visit meijergardens.org.

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