GRAND HAVEN, Mich. - After years in the making, a Grand Haven favorite is open to the public again. The Lynne Sherwood Waterfront Stadium officially opened on Thursday June 21, 2018, after getting a total revamp.
The facility is located in downtown Grand Haven right on the water in front of the musical fountain.
The stadium's new design includes tiered grass seating, a band shell, a concession stand, and a space for dancing and volleyball. It also has room for up to 2,000 people and is pet friendly.
"This stadium is more than just a waterfront place for people to enjoy hours of entertainment, it’s really a place for anyone that visits our community with family and friends to experience our community. It’s a gateway to West Michigan," Jim Lilly, the Grand Haven area State Representative, said.
“Having these spaces really makes a community and having this access to view the natural resources, this is what brings people here and keeps people here,” Tamara Jorkasky, a DNR Grant Coordinator added. The project received $280,000 from the Department of Natural Resource Trust Fund.
The new stadium is named after Lynne Sherwood a well known philanthropist in the area who passed away in 2016.
“This space will always be a lasting tribute to Lynne, her love of community and an inspiring reminder to all of us to always live generously," Holly Johnson with the Grand Haven Area Community Foundation, said.
Sherwood's estate gifted $3 million towards improving this area many say meant a lot to her.