The Grass Lake Community Wellness Initiative has constructed a large Events Park Pavilion which is located in the Village Community Events Park on Brown St. The Events Park Pavilion serves as a home for the local Farmers Market, a community pavilion, shelter and bandstand all in one! Christened during the 2017 Grass Lake Traffic Jam'in, the building features a smaller outcrop on the south side of the building that will serve as a stage for many of Grass Lake’s special events like the Farmers Market, Music in the Park, Traffic Jam’In and Winterfest.
In its second phase of construction storage space was added in 2019 and it is anticipated that the pavilion will feature bathrooms in 2020. Future site amenities will include bike racks, benches, picnic tables, a seasonal ice rink, Gaga Ball Pit, and shuffle board courts.
It is anticipated that the pavilion will be available for Village sanctioned or approved special events and private rentals, as well as being open to the public during general park hours. The pavilion is owned and administered by the Village of Grass Lake and maintained by the Village DPW.
Because of its central location within the historic downtown Village limits, close proximity to both the Village and Township municipal offices, and beginning at the headway of the walking trail for the Township recreational park, the new Events Park Pavilion will be a heavily used resource by Grass Lake residents and visitors all year around. The new 3200 square foot pavilion will be available for:
- Space for at least 24 Farmers Market Booths
- Covered Outdoor Craft Markets
- Outdoor Concerts
- Park-wide Lawn Events
- Outdoor Weddings
- Open Houses
- Family Picnics
- Seasonal Skating Rink ("Nice" Rink)
- Civic and Church Functions
With the new pavilion, the Farmers Market tents would no longer have to be utilized and the market could be relocated from Michigan Ave to a larger and safer location. Currently the bi-monthly Music in the Park event is held within the Depot grounds using the small gazebo as its stage, which although is a quaint and iconic spot, has its space limitations for both musicians and patrons of the event. The new pavilion would feature a small stage which would provide a more appropriate venue for the musicians and the park itself lends well to the space necessary for the enthusiastic supporters and their lawn chairs or blankets.
What: Grass Lake Farmers Market & Music in the Park
When: Begins 1st Wednesday in May and runs weekly through the month of September
Time: Farmers Market from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. every week
Music in the Park on 1st & 3rd Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Our thanks go out to all the Music in the Park and Farmers Market event sponsors including Ghostrider D.J. Services, the Village of Grass Lake Downtown Development Authority, the Grass Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Whistlestop Park Association and the Grass Lake Community Wellness Initiative.