South Haven Park Transforming with Cozy New Feature for Wintertime
A downtown South Haven park is getting transformed into a four season public gathering space.
City of South Haven Raises Funds for Outdoor Gathering Place
The City of South Haven has been working to raise funds to install an outdoor fireplace and seating area at Dyckman Park for all to enjoy.
The project includes adding a 5' x 5', 8' tall outdoor fireplace feature, three seat walls, a 100' walking path to downtown, and four new benches along the walking path.
They have reached their goal!
According to a post to the City's Facebook page, the fundraising goal of $40,000 for the South Haven Gathering Place was met as of November 29, 2022. However, donations are still being accepted to cover additional construction costs.
The fundraising goal will be matched with a $40,000 grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and a $25,000 donation from SHOUT, a South Haven nonprofit group "dedicated to making a great community even better."
The total cost of the project is estimated to be $105,000.
Outdoor Fireplace Coming to South Haven's Dyckman Park
Dyckman Park is home to a public pavilion the hosts the farmers market in the summer and an ice skating rink in the winter.
The goal of the new fireplace and seating area is to help activate Dyckman Park in all seasons and strategically link activities to the downtown via a pleasant walkway and public gathering space that will be open and accessible to the whole community.
The City of South Haven says,
Outdoor amenities like those proposed in this project contribute to a strong downtown. This project supports the City of South Haven's Economic Development Strategic Plan to draw people to the area in the fall and winter months and contribute to the year-round economy, while activating an often underutilized public park space. Moreover, community gathering places like this contribute to a sense of community pride and togetherness.
The City of South Haven aims to have the project completed in time for winter 2023-24.
If you'd like to donate to the outdoor fireplace project at Dyckman Park, you can do so here.