New Farmers Market, Heritage Park Benefit from Consumers Energy Foundation Grants

Work continues on the Muskegon Farmers Market, which is receiving a $50,000 grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation.
Work continues on the Muskegon Farmers Market, which is receiving a $50,000 grant from the Consumers Energy Foundation.

Two significant Muskegon County projects are benefiting from $100,000 in contributions from the Consumers Energy Foundation.

The new Muskegon Farmers Market and Michigan’s Heritage Park at Hilt’s Landing will each receive $50,000. The projects will provide an economic benefit to Muskegon County and create two more reasons for visitors to discover the community.

The new farmers market, which opens next month on the northern end of downtown, will feature year-round indoor event spaces, more than 180 lighted vendor stalls, 400 convenient parking spaces, access to public transportation and a short walk to other attractions.

“The new market, with all its features, including a community kitchen, helps position downtown Muskegon as designation for local residents and visitors alike,” said Charles Johnson, a retired Muskegon business leader and philanthropist who helped head the market’s fund-raising efforts.

The Lakeshore Museum Center will open the living history park in northern Muskegon County in May 2015. Michigan Heritage Park at Hilt’s Landing will allow visitors to explore firsthand 10,000 years of Michigan history in a natural woodland setting in Whitehall Township.

“We appreciate the Consumers Energy Foundation’s support of Hilt’s Landing and the appreciation it has for Michigan’s heritage as well as enhancing economic development and tourism,” said John McGarry, CEO of the Lakeshore Museum Center.

The Consumers Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Consumers Energy. It provides funding for a variety of areas, including education, community, civic and cultural development, social services, the environment and emerging issues.