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Meijer Gardens expansion project underway, amphitheater to be finished before summer season

The multi-million dollar project broke ground in September 2017.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Meijer Gardens broke ground in September of 2017 for a multi-million dollar expansion project.

It's been more than a year since then and they're making headway.

One area of the garden and sculpture park is expected to be completed in just a couple of months. 

The amphitheater at Frederik Meijer Gardens is just one of the spaces that is experiencing a total upgrade. It will be ready to go before the first concert in June of this year.

From the four additional concessions areas to the trees, the amphitheater is almost ready.

Head over to the future home of the new welcome center where more construction is going on.

"Through the generosity of our community, we've been able to create this new welcome center," Meijer Gardens CEO David Hooker said.

It'll be suited for the 700,000 guests who visit each year.

"We're scheduled to be ready with this facility to open the first quarter of 2021," Hooker said. "There's going to be a beautiful room, dedicated to showcasing our mission of horticulture and sculpture."

Make your way downstairs for an environment facilitated for learning.

"Through the incredible generosity of the West Michigan community, we added this new 23,000 square foot Covenant Learning Center," Hooker said.

Education is a staple part of the Meijer Gardens mission.

"Each year, 80,000 people are welcome to Meijer gardens specifically for some sort of education program," Hooker said.

That is why there was a need for more learning space.

"We have four 1,100 square foot classrooms," Hooker said. 

Two larger classrooms are also in in the learning center, each 1,600 square feet.

"As Meijer Gardens has grown throughout the year, we needed more space to do it," Hooker said.

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