A Vision for Our
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What’s next for our waterfront

Waterfront Holland is an opportunity for our community to shape the future of Holland’s downtown waterfront. With inclusiveness and transparency, we are taking a comprehensive approach to gathering public input and developing a vision for what’s next.

How to get involved

Moving forward, there are two ways to become involved in this process. Whether you submit feedback online or sign up and attend an upcoming event, your ideas will help to shape a vision and a framework of principles that will impact decisions going forward.

Our Vision

Holland’s waterfront – a distinctive complement to our downtown weaving together water, land and people in a continuous thread of beauty and vibrancy… an adaptable and evolving place that celebrates a harmony of urban and natural uses… a walkable, year-round destination where water views abound, green spaces offer quiet respite and active play, and connected public access to the water is enhanced. This is the character of the waterfront we seek.

The latest news

As we take the next steps on Waterfront Holland, we are committed to remaining transparent. To achieve that goal, all new information on where we are and what opportunities are coming next can be found here or on our  Facebook Page.

Waterfront Holland boat tours a success

People across West Michigan braved the cold spike on Saturday, April 13 to view the Holland waterfront from a new perspective. The boat tour event, made possible because of a partnership with 1 Adventure Company, allowed the community to experience the waterfront from...

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Waterfront Holland to offer free community boat rides

Waterfront Holland has partnered with 1 Adventure Company, a local water sports rental company, to offer free boat rides on Lake Macatawa. These boat rides will allow the community to experience the waterfront on the water, including views of the urban and natural...

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During Our Community Workshops & Site Tours, We Heard You!

Inclusive to All Residents, Age Groups, Abilities

Outdoor Entertainment, e.g. Concert, Arena

Affordable Housing
with a Park

Marina

Food Trucks

Waterfront Rooftop Restaurant Venue

Local Performance
Arts Center

Linked Well to Downtown with Bike Paths & Bus Stop

Sculpture Park, Encourage Arts

All Natural.
Keep it that way.

Entertainment
Complex like the
B.O.B. in GR

ALWAYS
Handicapped
Access

Do Not Block
the View with
Condos

Science + Industry Museum Park

Bike, Kayak, & Paddleboard Rentals

Dog Beach 
& Park

Drive In
Movie Theater

For Residents, Not
Just Tourists!

Public Access to
the Water

Why Waterfront Holland

With the retiring of the James De Young power plant in 2017 and the recent completion of the Holland Energy Park, our city has the unique opportunity to envision something new for the site. As we move forward, we realize that the potential of this project transcends this site and will impact how our community as a whole is viewed. The goal is to embrace what currently exists on the waterfront, including other local businesses, to create a waterfront environment integrating places to live, work, and play that are distinctly Holland.

From this broader Waterfront Holland framework developed by the community, specific land use and programming scenarios embodying the vision and principles will be generated in a collaborative manner for the JDY site.