Commemoration Of "Jones Park" Across From Saugatuck City Hall To Be Held July 2nd
The City of Saugatuck’s information booth park, across from city hall at Water Street and adjacent to The Butler Restaurant, has been officially named Jones Park.
Saugatuck City Council adopted the move at its Monday night meeting, announcing that the dedication of the newly constructed park will take place on Wednesday, July 2 at 10 a.m.
The park recognizes the late Lyle A. Jones for his 33 years of service and accomplished leadership as the first chief of police for what was then the Village of Saugatuck.
“We would like to thank the Jones family for their donation,” said Saugatuck City Mayor Bill Hess. “I’ve heard several comments from community members that they like what is going on over there.”
The Jones family donated up to $50,000 for the park enhancements, constituting a brick layered path, a landscape facelift, the refurbishing of the information booth structure and the replacement of the rotted wood base of the booth with a concrete one.
The project design did call for the removal of three trees on the site but four new trees - of the locust variety with large 4” caliper - will replace them, said Saugatuck City Manager Kirk Harrier.
The park is mostly complete, as the booth awaits new windows and the Jones family and the contractor hired to work on the project mull over details of the memorial plaque before it is installed at the site,
Also, as part of the commemoration, Hess read a proclamation of appreciation into the record Monday.
Jones started his career as a police officer for the village in 1960. He was promoted to chief in 1968 and continued at the helm until his retirement in 1993, a tenure throughout which he “received many commendations for his actions above and beyond his regular duties,” states the proclamation, in part.
The honored chief’s family will be in town as part of the commemoration celebration, said city officials.
The park project is among other infrastructure upgrading the city has done or is in the process doing, including, among others, reconstruction of Main Street; reconstruction of Hoffman Street with storm sewer and sanitary sewer improvements; and repavement of Water Street with base and drainage repairs.