$3M expansion underway at Millennium Park

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WALKER, Mich. (WOOD) — Workers are busy installing a $3 million addition to one of Kent County’s most popular parks.

Part of that project at Millennium Park in Walker includes a 570-foot wooden walking bridge designed to look like a railroad bridge. It has been under construction for three months so far and two semi-truck loads of lumber have been brought it to complete it.

“It’s one tall boardwalk. It’s about 24 feet to the top in some spots. Yeah, it’s up there,” Tim Ondersma of Onder Construction said.

But it’s not the longest wooden walkway his family-owned company has built.

“We’ve done 1,000-, 2,000-footers,” Ondersma said.

Also included in the project, which is across the street from the main park, is a covered picnic pavilion that will seat 300. The pavilion and the bridge will be the biggest in the county.

Once completed, park officials say, the additions will allow that portion of the park to be used for larger picnics and community events.

“They’re just trying to expand the walking paths here and there and make it a little more fun,” Ondersma said.

Kent County is paying for the expansion mostly through a $3 million gift from the family of former U.S. Ambassador and West Michigan businessman Peter Secchia. Bids came in higher than expected, forcing the county to scale back the project.

The bridge should be finished soon, and the rest of the project should be done in late July.

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