From staff reports
Traverse City Record-Eagle
---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Clinch Park’s long-awaited grand opening will begin with a private reception for organizations that funded the bayfront project.
Former Michigan Gov. William Milliken will serve as special guest of honor and is expected to throw the switch that will pump water from a 1,500-gallon tank through misters, sprinklers, and a stainless steel arc that creates rain. Milliken also will offer remarks during a reception that begins at 10 a.m. City officials also will thank representatives from 18 organizations that provided $2.9 million for the project.
Katie Larson and Savannah Buist of Traverse City West Senior High and Interlochen Arts Academy will perform as the Accidentals until Mayor Michael Estes begins the public ribbon cutting for the park at 11 a.m.
Comments by Doug Luciani, President and CEO of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce and Marsha Smith, executive director of Rotary Charities, are to follow. Speeches are planned to last no more than 20 minutes in total before the ribbon is cut and the parks is formally opened.
Refreshments will be served and Interlochen alumni Elaine Burress and Taylor Fernandez will join Buist and Larson to create Academy Four. The musical group’s performance will be its first at the Open Space this year, and the group is expected to perform during the National Cherry Festival.
Visitors are asked to enter the park through the renovated tunnel at Cass Street and Grandview Parkway.