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Frederik Meijer Gardens launches new Welcome Center with soft opening

Posted at 9:07 AM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 09:51:20-05

GRAND RAPIDS — Frederik Meijer Gardens is celebrating the launch of a new Welcome Center with a soft opening this week.

The new 69,000 square foot space will welcome guests as they enter the sculpture park and will also feature contemporary art.

“The magnificent new Welcome Center is made possible by the generosity of Fred & Lena Meijer, the extended Meijer family and hundreds of individuals, companies and foundations. The Welcome Center was created in response to an unprecedented embrace of our mission as reflected in our attendance, membership and donor base growth. Our appreciation is deep and sincere,” said President & CEO David Hooker. “Our architects, artists and garden designers have created a place to experience our mission that is truly world-class.”

The new space features two levels and a garden pavilion will open later this year.

The new Welcome Center and recently completed Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater and related facilities were designed by award-winning architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien, according to a press release sent out from the sculpture park.

“For me, our work for Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park has been a chance to revisit lessons from my childhood, lived and learned growing up in Michigan and the Cranbrook Community,” said Tod Williams. “Landscape, architecture and art are held in a fine balance. It has been a gift to add to this remarkable and beloved community.”

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