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Grand River Greenway Celebration series continues as local historian speaks at LDL
Grand River Greenway Celebration series continues as local historian speaks at LDL

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. -- Local historian and Greenway event orgainizer Marjie Viveen presents “Ghost Parks on the Grand River Greenway” as the yearlong celebration of the Greenway’s contribution the the area continues on Thursday, February 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the Loutit District Library in Program Room A.

Viveen begins her program by highlighting whether looking for a building site or a park site, it’s location, location, location that matters. Before parks were formally developed on publicly owned lands, the most alluring of these waterfront properties were privately owned spaces where locals gathered, more often than not by invitation only.

Viveen contunes by saying today the public freely enjoys Ottawa County Parks including Connor Bayou, Riverside Park, Eastmanville Park, Eastmanville Farm Park, Crockery Creek and others. Past generations would have picnicked and partied at places like the Driving Park, Oak Grove, Victoria Park, Germania Park,  Waldron’s Place, and Krumpeck’s Grove.

She believes that long forgotten, these “Ghost Parks” are a reflection of their times, and the people who played there in ways that may surprise many.

Viveen’s program will conclude with a period of questions and answers from the audience.

Marjie Viveen was born and raised in Grand Haven. She earned B.S., M.A., and Ed. S. degrees from Western Michigan University. Upon retirement as a School Psychologist, Viveen focused her attention on two passions: local history and outdoor recreation. She chaired committees to restore the cemetery at the old Ottawa County Poor Farm (Eastmanville Farm County Park), to refurbish the Central Park Fountain, and currently chairs the Grand River Greenway Celebration 2012 Committee. She is the founder and president of the “Dusty Dozens.” In 2010, Viveen was named “Historian of the Year” by the Tri-Cities Historical Society. She lives on the Grand River with her husband Bill.

For more information on this program, visit www.loutitlibrary.org or call 616-842-5560, ext. 214. For more information on other Grand River Greenway Parks Celebration events happening in 2012, visit Ottawa County Parks’ website, www.miottawa.org/parks, or call (616) 738-4810.

Loutit District Library is located at 407 Columbus Avenue in Grand Haven, Michigan. The library serves 35,540 residents of the City of Grand Haven, the City of Ferrysburg, Grand Haven Charter Township, Robinson Township and that part of Port Sheldon Township in the Grand Haven Area Public School District.