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Crews demolish amphitheater to make way for new public space

Crews demolish amphitheater to make way for new public space

LOWELL, Mich.— The old Lowell amphitheater is no more.

Crews began demolishing the former events site on July 15, ripping up the old concrete to create space for an extension of the Riverwalk.  City officials say the new plans include a dock, a canoe/kayak launch near the current boat launch and a separate fishing deck and fishing pier along the walkway.  The Riverwalk will slope all the way up to King and Lafayette, and will be lined with benches and picnic tables.

The $450,000 project is being paid for with a $300,000 grant by the Department of Natural Resources.  The city also raised $150,000 for the extension, which is being built by Katerberg Verhage, located in My Town Ada/Cascade.

The Riverwalk extension is expected to open to the public in October.  

West Michigan Summer 2013: Send us your photos!

West Michigan Summer 2013: Send us your photos!

Tammy Cunningham snapped this photo on Muskegon's Pere Marquette Park beach July 26.

Send  your West Michigan Summer 2013 photos to mytown@wzzm13.com  and we'll add them to our photo gallery!

 

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County will be accepting household hazardous waste from residents Saturday, July 20. 

Residents with proper ID can drop off items from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 5068 Breton Rd. SE, Kentwood.  The county will also accept drop-off items at the following times and locations:

  • August 10: 2908 Ten Mile Rd. in Rockford
  • August 24: 1500 Scribner Ave. NW, Grand Rapids
  • September 7: 5068 Breton Rd. SE, Kentwood
  • September 21: 2350 Ivanrest SW, Grandville
  • October 12: 2908 Ten Mile Rd. in Rockford
  • October 26: 1500 Scribner Ave. NW, Grand Rapids

Chemicals including weed killers, bug sprays, antifreeze, gasoline, oil-based paint, wood preservatives, paint thinner, pool chemicals, deck cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury thermometers and thermostats will all be accepted.  Latex paint, medical waste, prescription drugs, ammunition and fireworks are prohibited.

Green roof added to once-vacant building

Green roof added to once-vacant building

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—An environmentally friendly roof now sits over Rockford Construction’s new home in Grand Rapids.

Advanced Green Architecture (AGA) began installing the roof system July 8.  It contains 3” to 6” of soil covered with a variety of sedum plants, ornamental grasses and other perennials. 

Rockford Construction’s new offices are located at 601 First Street NW, which was once home to Miller Products before it sat vacant for many years.  The company is working to make its new facility LEED Gold certified before moving in. The newly-renovated building will feature a courtyard with green space and a deck, along with a rooftop patio.

Berry season arrives: Find a U-pick location here

Berry season arrives: Find a U-pick location here

West Michigan growers are seeing high demand for berries this summer.

Many farmers have closed their fields for a couple days after visitors picked their plants clean.  The increasing demand also led to a shorter cherry season for some growers.  

Here's a list of some of the U-pick locations open in West Michigan this summer. Prices, fruit availability and hours vary daily, so it's best to call ahead before visiting any farm.

 

Ionia County

 

Bird Berry Farm

5256 Belding Rd. Belding, MI

(616) 794-5041

Blueberries $1.75 per pound

Patch picked out early Friday morning call back for update Wednesday, July 17

 

 

Kent County

 

North Ridge Berries

3555 20 Mile Rd. NW Kent City, MI

(616) 675-5919

Raspberries $3 per pound

Go Green Youth Challenge: How to get fresh trees in your community

Go Green Youth Challenge:  How to get fresh trees in your community

Applications are being accepted for the Go Green Youth Challenge tree planting grants.

Children from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade are invited to participate.  Participants are challenged to collect change individually, with their class or with a club each spring.  The change will go toward community tree plantings by the Michigan Arbor Day Alliance, as well as program outreach efforts.  The team that raises the most for the Go Green Youth Challenge will be awarded with a tree planning in their community.  They also get an invitation to the state Arbor Day celebration in April at Potter Park Zoo in Lansing.

Local governments, public educational institutions, public libraries, non-profit organizations, non-profit organizations, neighborhood associations, churches and tribal governments can also apply for a Go Green youth Challenge tree planting grant by visiting this websit

Is Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park the 8th Wonder of the World?

Is Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park the 8th Wonder of the World?

GRAND RAPIDS TOWNSHIP, Mich.—Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is in the running to become the “8th Wonder of the World.”

Now through September 30, people can vote for their favorite attraction in on online poll created by Virtual Tourist.  More than 300 attractions are competing for the title, including Frederik Meijer Gardens, Saugatuck Harbor Natural Area, as well as Frankenmuth, Michigan.

Each visitors is limited to one vote a day. To cast your vote, click here.