A Vision for Our WaterfrontCommunityFutureWaterfront
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.
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.
Following the success of our first design charrette, Waterfront Holland is holding a second charrette, this time discussing specific sites like the James DeYoung Power Plant, the VerPlank property, and Window-on-the-Waterfront. The charrette is a multi-day session...read more
A team of designers and community representatives have wrapped up the first of two Waterfront Holland design charrettes. This first charrette focused on design concepts for the broader Holland waterfront, and the second charrette in May will offer potential directions...read more
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...read more
During Our Community Workshops & Site Tours, We Heard You!
Inclusive to All Residents, Age Groups, Abilities
Outdoor Entertainment, e.g. Concert, Arena
with a Park
Waterfront Rooftop Restaurant Venue
Linked Well to Downtown with Bike Paths & Bus Stop
Sculpture Park, Encourage Arts
Keep it that way.
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B.O.B. in GR
Do Not Block
the View with
Science + Industry Museum Park
Bike, Kayak, & Paddleboard Rentals
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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.