Memorial Weekend saw the dedication of the Glen Arbor Garden on Lake Street, a rehabilitation of the former Township Fire Hall property into a lovely gathering spot of flowers, Championship Trees, benches, picnic tables, and restrooms. Over 300 people came out on a Saturday afternoon to participate in the ribbon cutting, and socialize and snack on lemonade and Boomchunka cookies at the conclusion of the formalities.
This was a project decades in the making, spurred on by the lack of a public restroom facility in our resort community, and a desire to have a gathering spot or garden, such as our neighbors in Leland have. Over the years several groups have pushed for this concept, but in the winter of 2007 the proposal put forth by the Glen Lake Garden Club picked up steam, and was the force needed to make this finally happen.
After the Fire Hall moved to State Street, a citizens advisory committee recommended this use for the property, but the septic field proved problematic. Some creative engineering and generous property owners found a way to take care of that near the tennis courts in an abandoned alley. The Glen Lake Chamber of Commerce was quickly on board, and the Glen Arbor Township Board put together a design committee of interested parties to make plans.
The Board approved those plans, voted to pay for the infrastructure, and charged a Fundraising Committee to come up with $75,000 for the plantings and accessories, and to provide an endowment for upkeep.
Through the generosity of Glen Arbor friends and property owners, over $150,000 was raised, allowing for a number of improvements from the “wish list.” Major donors helped with the Information Kiosk, benches, picnic tables, and the prized Michigan Championship Trees. Many other donors purchased engraved bricks to commemorate good times, loved ones, or just spread some whimsy.
Those still interested in making a donation or purchasing a brick may do so through the Glen Arbor Township Office. Information is available in the Garden’s kiosk, and at www.glenarborgarden.org.