Leaders talk playlist changes at Grand Haven Musical Fountain

Ottawa County

GRAND HAVEN, Mich. (WOOD) — It’s a lakeshore icon and summer staple: the Grand Haven Musical Fountain. But changes may be on the way for the fountain. 

The city of Grand Haven and its Human Relations Commission met on Thursday to discuss updating the language in its guidelines for songs played at the fountain.

Earlier this month, the Michigan Association of Civil Rights Activists notified the city about how certain genres — including rap, metal and religious music — weren’t labeled as family-friendly music to be played at the fountain. The fountain’s playlist did include Christian music. 

“It was brought to our attention in early March that our family-friendly wording on our website — couple of things under question. We removed three of the five lines from the policy,” said Todd Brand, the facilities and grounds manager for the city. 

Commissioners exchanged ideas for how to improve the guidelines and advised the city to look for professional help. 

“It would behoove, as a city, to have somebody in charge of communication. A professional in charge of communication who approves everything before it goes live,” Commissioner Louann Werksma said.

No changes were made at the meeting, but the city will review suggestions. 

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