If It Ain't Broken, don't fix it. Save the structures and Wicks Park.

If It Ain't Broken, don't fix it. Save the structures and Wicks Park.

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Peg Sanford started this petition to Local Communities

We, the community, our neighbors, and our summer residents, want the Bandstand and the Seurat restroom building to remain in Wicks Park.  These are iconic community structures. We also do not want/or need a new structure such as the band shell proposed by the City Council.

The Bicentennial Committee, in 1976, wanted to bring the 1776- 1876 history of our country into our local community and the Bandstand is a perfect reflection of those historical eras.  Wicks Park is a destination site in Saugatuck. The Bandstand has been used for community occasions for 45 years.  It has been used for Christmas celebrations, band performances, weddings, memorial services, public announcements, the Mt Baldy Challenge, picnics, family gatherings, and simply for viewing the river. Pictures of the Bandstand and the Seurat painted restroom has appeared in multiple P.R. Publications over the past years.   Wicks Park is a destination.  

 The Saugatuck City council has not done its homework.  It has not been determined if the proposed new structure is better than the existing Bandstand.  If the structure is supposed to be a band shell have the acoustical qualities of the new structure been determined?  The existing Bandstand  has better acoustics than what has been proposed.  The proposed structure is not compatible with the current historical structures & partially blocks the view of the River and historical  for the new Chain Ferry. 

There are no dimensions on the approved sketch of the proposed structure or indication of materials that will be used, thus council has no idea what it approved funds for. It is amazing City Council feels it has the rightful power to make such drastic changes to the iconic Wicks Park without any underlying data to support its actions. 

While COVID-19  is sorting itself out, now is a good time for the Saugatuck City Council to drop back, do its homework, and confirm a solution based upon the will of the people. 

Perhaps that means, leave it alone.  

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