English Translation - April 20

Mayor’s Message, Monday, April 20, 2020 - Van Raalte Farm

People of Holland, I’m your Mayor, Nathan Bocks

The weather is getting warmer and we are all anxious to get outside.

Walking, Running, and Hiking are allowed, and actually encouraged under the Governor’s Stay Home, Stay Safe Order.  It is good for our physical and mental well being.  

I have been hearing reports that some area beaches and parks have become crowded and social distancing in those areas is difficult if not impossible.

If you are tired of being cooped up, are interested in enjoying the great outdoors and you want to maintain good social distancing, The City of Holland has your answer.

We have many parks and open spaces that you can enjoy that are not nearly as crowded.

I am here at Van Raalte Farm.  It is dog friendly, ADA Accessible, has beautiful woodlands, vistas and streams and miles of trails to enjoy.  And at 160 acres, there is plenty to room for good social distancing.

Parking is located off of both 16th and 24th Streets and Country Club Road.

It was once the site of a working farm for the founder of Holland, Albertus Christian Van Raalte. He had peony fields, orchards and large sugar maples.

Now it is a great place to leave the crowds behind and spend some time in the dappled sunshine, along a branch of the Black River, breathing the fresh Spring-scented air.  

Van Raalte Farm is just one of 23 Parks in the City of Holland where you can enjoy the great outdoors.  Just please, remember to follow social distancing rules.  It is important for the health and safety of all of us.  

Hopefully, before long, we will be able to safely return to our well traveled beaches and sidewalks.  

But until that day comes, visit the open spaces of our Holland City Parks.  And always remember to stay safe, stay healthy, and wash your hands.  …Again!

This Is Holland.  One Holland.  And we get to HIKE here!