Saugatuck's Revered Police Chief, The Late Lyle Jones, Has City Park Dedicated To His Memory
Residents, visitors, family and friends gathered Wednesday in downtown Saugatuck to dedicate the renovated park honoring the city’s former police chief, the late Lyle Jones.
The park is located at the corner of Butler and Culver streets and was the former site known as Information Booth Park because it was the location of the white Interurban depot building that provided visitors maps and brochures of area businesses and points of interest.
The renovated park was paid for with a $50,000 donation from the Jones family in honor of the man who came to symbolize law enforcement in the resort community for more than three decades.
The donation was used to repair the information booth and landscape the half-acre park with the addition of new benches, trees and brick sidewalks.
A plaque honoring Jones will be installed as well.
Saugatuck City Manager Kirk Harrier called the donation and newly renovated park a glowing tribute to one of the city’s most respected leaders.
“Now everyone will be able to enjoy this great park while recalling a man who served his community with distinction,” said Harrier.
Saugatuck Mayor Bill Hess said, “ I want to thank the Jones family for their donation.”
A proclamation approved last week by the Saugatuck City Council said Jones served the municipality with professionalism, loyalty and devotion.
Jones always had a “cheeful attitude, the willingness to listen” and provided strong leadership while protecting the community, the proclamation stated.
Jones first joined the Saugatuck Police Department in 1960 and was named its chief in 1968. He retired in 1982.
Jones died in 2009 at 82.