As the summer of 2021 draws near, public outdoor meeting spaces are more appreciated than ever before. The current Holland Park Transformation project, which began in 2014 offers a playground for children, exercise equipment for seniors, a gazebo that can shelter a small group of people, a team workout area, upgraded basketball courts, and access to the river. There is a historic plaque to honor Robert Holland who worked to desegregate Albion’s Public Schools. The History Hill display showcases the area where Westward School once stood, and this was at one time a segregated school. Holland Park attracts large groups of people for reunions and special events, but there has not been an adequate shelter to protect people from Michigan’s variable weather.
Now, thanks to fundraising efforts led by City Council member Lenn Reid, a new 40 x 60-foot pavilion will be raised, in time for Juneteenth, this year celebrated on June 19th. Enough funds were raised for everything except the landscaping and some of the furnishing such as cooking grills and tables. Albion College has agreed to install the pavilion and cover the costs of the foundation.
Councilmember Reid is requesting help from the public to do the final touches on the area around the new pavilion. A mockup of the pavilion is below, which shows the approximate location it will be, but other details are not exact.
Ms. Reid asks those who are able to give, to mail their contributions to the address below, and to write in the subject line: “Holland Park Transformation.”
City of Albion
112 W. Cass Street
Albion, MI 49224
The Holland Park Transformation committee is also expressing appreciation to all of the organizations, families, and individuals who have made possible the work that has been done.
Below is a map of the plan for Holland Park Transformation. The new pavilion is labeled NP and is located on the right side, halfway up.
See video from The Recorder:
The Recorder shares Holland Park Pavilion announcement from Albion City Council Member Lenn Reid, and Dr. Mathew Johnson of Albion College.
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