The west end of town attracted a crowd yesterday as the 2019 Pink Arrow Community Day featured a West End Reveal of the new North Grand River Riverfront Park and the recently opened Impact Church. The event offered residents the chance to pick up their 2019 Pink Arrow t-shirts, play some pickleball, donate their hair or blood and explore the park’s new bridge as well as the Don and Betty Yeiter Learning Cabin.
Here’s a look at the day which brought together people from all walks of life in support of the community’s signature cause.
The day started at 10am, and one of the most anticipated activities was the official opening of the bridge connecting the north and south Riverfront Parks. Lowell Charter Township Supervisor Jerry Hale (center) and Township Trustee Mark Anderson (left) gave a brief presentation at 10:30am before cutting the ribbon and ringing a bell to signify the bridge’s opening.
Once open, people wasted no time in making their way across the bridge.
Pink ribbons were also passed out during the day for those who wanted to write the name of a loved one and tie it to the bridge.
Back at the main section of the park, an early morning pickleball tournament took place.
Meanwhile, people could buy their 2019 Pink Arrow t-shirts at a tent in front of Impact Church. Inside the church, a blood drive was taking place.
Hairstylists were also on hand to snip the hair of those who wanted to donate their locks. Donated hair will go to the Children with Hair Loss organization to make wigs for kids who have lost their hair because of cancer treatments.
A mobile mammogram unit and the KDL Bookmobile also set up shop in the Impact Church parking lot.
From 5:30-7pm, the Easy Idle String Band provided music outside the Don and Betty Yeiter Learning Cabin.
The cabin is almost exactly where it is believed the first trading post of Joseph and Madame LaFramboise was built in 1796. The Lowell Area Historical Museum will use the building for a variety of programs, but it can also be rented for small group meetings and events.
The cabin is adorned by this canoe which was used by Michigan State University to carry items from Lansing to Grand Rapids. It is believed to date from the early 1900s.
From start to finish, the weather was beautiful for the 2019 Pink Arrow Community Day/West End Reveal. School may have already started, but the event was a reminder that summer isn’t quite done yet.
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