The waterfront stretch in Holland contains a mix of properties – public and private. Our future vision must account for this mixed use, with respect to property owners and our rich history of commercial and industrial use.
A. South Shore Village
Located on the west side of Holland, South Shore Village is a walkable neighborhood center offering various shopping options and a collection of historic murals. Located in the shopping district is everything from fitness centers and party stores to restaurants and coffee shops.
B. Kollen Park / Heinz Waterfront Walkway
Kollen Park is a 24-acre landmark located on the west end of 10th Street and Lake Macatawa. The park features a large group picnic shelter, band shelter, playground, fountain and more. It also connects to 4,000 lineal feet of boardwalk on a easement granted by the H.J. Heinz Company.
First opened in 2006, the popular restaurant has continued to grow and evolve through the years, adding an outdoor patio in 2008 and the opening of The Boatwerks Banquet & Catering building in 2013. Most recently, the facility opened additional banquet facilities to allow for events up to 300 people. The restaurant is surrounded by docks, where boaters can tie up during meals.
D. Verplank Dock Co.
Located at 233 W. Eighth St. since 1972 when the company purchased the dock from the Harrington Coal Co., Verplank imports construction aggregates from quarries in Michigan and Canada. Most of that is limestone used for asphalt and ready-mix concrete with the majority distributed to West Michigan paving companies.
Formed over 100 years ago, Padnos turns scrap into usable resources in cost effective ways. The company works with metals, plastics, paper and electronics and has locations across the state. With three facilities along the Holland waterfront, Padnos sits near the center of the Waterfront Holland landscape.
F. James De Young Power Plant
Constructed nearly 80 years ago and expanded on several occasions, the James De Young coal power plant was officially retired in 2017 when Holland Energy Park was opened. With the closure, the city has its first opportunity to transform the Holland waterfront for future generations. The James De Young Power Plant is located just west of Pine Avenue and Third Street.
G. Brewers City Dock
A third generation company, Brewers City Dock has served the West Michigan community for over 75 years with their dock, hauling operations and ready-mix concrete operations.
H. Van Bragt Park
This 3.4 acre piece of land is bordered by River and Pine Avenues and was first developed in 1934 as a tulip bed for the annual Tulip Time Festival. The park includes a miniature version of windmills in the Netherlands and was given its current name in 1966 after Holland’s first Park Superintendent, John Van Bragt. Today is attracts tourists, fisherman and many others with its walkways, benches and windmill.
I. Pfizer Property
The Pfizer property, located at 242 Howard Avenue, was home to the pharmaceuticals manufacturer until 2007. Though it closed in 2007, the company had a post-closure plan in place beginning in 2001 after a portion of the plant was shut down. More recently, work has been done on the site to clean up contamination in the groundwater and soil on the site.
J. Dunton Park
Dunton Park is located north of Lake Macatawa and features 21-acres of land with picnic shelters, open green spaces, boardwalks and scenic decks, playgrounds and boat launch ramps.
K. Window on the Waterfront
First opened in 1918 as Athletic Park, this park was also called Water Works Park and Riverview Park before becoming Window on the Waterfront in 1996. Today it includes walking and biking paths, viewing decks, Riverview Athletic Field, boardwalks and 100,000 tulip bulbs.
L. Windmill Island
Home of a 250-year-old working Dutch windmill, Windmill Island Gardens features 36 acres of gardens, canals, picnic areas, Dutch dancers and an antique Dutch carousel with hand-carved and painted wooden horses. Open seasonally from mid-April to mid-October, the gardens are located just outside of downtown Holland.
M. Holland Energy Park
First opened on Oct. 2, 2017, the combined cycle natural gas power plant was part of a 10-year process led by the community of deciding Holland’s energy future. Located on a 26-acre site near Windmill Island, the site and bordering wetlands were environmentally restored as part of the development process. Walking trails circle the plant, and will eventually connect to Windmill Island.