Tanglefoot Park Re-Vamp Begins
Starting in 2019, Ms. Kim Vankampen began the process of helping renovate downtown Spring Lake. One of the projects she donated to was Tanglefoot park. There will be a 3 seasons pavilion for entertainment, farmer's market, private parties, and public gatherings like the Rotary Snow Jam. There is also a plan for a summer splash pad fountain for kids. Another part of the plan is a bonfire area and a kayak launch. “What this park will offer once it’s complete is a multipurpose park that just about everyone in the community will find themselves using on a regular basis,” said Co-Chair Skylar Garrison.
The property was given to the village in 1916 and turned into a popular place for small trailers by the 1930s. For years the village had not made any significant investment in the park, for six months out of the year it was packed with out-of-state motorhomes and the other six months it was empty. Dead grass and unappealing concrete blocks were part of the park that Ms. Vankampen saw as an opportunity for a space that would benefit the community all year round. The council is continuing to raise money (with a goal of $3.5 million and a starting goal of $1.5 million) until December 31st, 2021. As of right now, they have raised $1.3 million in private donations and are trying to raise an additional $200,000 for their starting goal. “The Village hopes to have as much community participation as possible before December, there’s no donation that is too small.” Said Angela Butler, director of the DDA for Spring Lake.