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Centennial Park

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Features

  1. ADA Accessible
  2. Dog Friendly Park
  3. Fountain
  4. Garden
  5. Internet
  6. Parking
  7. Pedestrian Walkways
  8. Restrooms-Seasonal

Dog Friendly


What is a dog friendly park? Learn more here: https://mi-holland.civicplus.com/448/Dog-Friendly-Parks

Features


In 1902 Teunis TenHouten, a Dutch Immigrant, donated a rustic 20 foot fountain of rock, which was placed at this facility. The fountain was designed and built by Johannes Van Lente. Underground restrooms were added in 1904. In 1907 the bandstand was built on top of the restrooms. 1988 Mayor Philip Tanis directed a Buy-a-Brick campaign that paved the walks in this park.

In 1991 the Holland Area Home Builders Association contributed a gazebo. Also, in 1991 the City of Holland installed Victorian lighting throughout the park to continue with the Victorian park theme of this facility.

History


Centennial Park was originally set aside as the village market area, but was redeveloped and dedicated to park use in 1876. This 5.6 acre park is located between 10th and 12th Streets and River and Central Avenues.
       

    Veterans Memorial


    The Veterans Memorial, a Michigan Historic marker honoring Dutch settlers in Michigan and a statue of Albertus Van Raalte are located in the park. This park has also contained a seasonal tropical plant display since the Victorian era and serves as a major performance venue.

    Park Plan


    Following Governor James J. Bagley’s suggestion to plant commemorative centennial trees marking the country’s 100th year, the Market Square was turned into a seven acre park in 1876. In 1876 public parks were a new concept. Holland was one of the first Michigan cities to adopt a park plan. Maple trees were chosen for this site.

    Jail


    Originally, a jail was located on the northwest corner across from the Holland Museum. It was a necessary fixture in the early days of the park, following July 4th celebrations and other festivities when several revelers were retained.




 

Subfacilities

  1. Centennial Park Gazebo

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