January 17, 2018, Grand Haven, MI – Local volunteers and over 300 Grand Haven community members gathered in October of 2017 to begin the process of designing the new Imagination Station. The new play-space will take the place of the current Imagination Station, a 20,000 square foot play-space located in Mulligan’s Hollow, a Grand Haven landmark for over 27 years.
The Big Reveal event offered a great opportunity for many of our local children to show the creative process they experience during Design Days, a three day event where over a 100 school children throughout the greater Grand Haven area researched, conceptualized, and created prototypes for the new play-space. A key part of their experience was to research how children with varying skill levels move and respond in play environments. At the Big Reveal many of these kids stood next to their models while being surrounded by sticky notes and storyboards that presented the creative process they had taken part in. Grand Haven Public School teachers, Andrew and Annie Ratke, facilitated the design process with the children. “This is a huge opportunity for children in our community to put the design process into a real-world situation,” said Mr Ratke, “These young, creative minds worked so intently for three days to learn about accessibility, local themes, and how to work with a team with one specific goal in mind.”