Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Coast to Coast Bike Trek to Stop in Grand Haven

The "Sea to Sea" fundraising bike riders will spend one night in Grand Haven this August. The 100-plus cyclists have been given permission to camp on the Christian Reformed Conference Grounds on Lakeshore Drive in Grand Haven, Michigan. The riders will spend the night in tents on the conference's athletic field and use facilities in three buildings.

The cross-country bicyling tour begins in Seattle, WA on June 28 with riders reaching the Atlantic at Jersey City, NJ on August 30. The Christian Reformed Church has organized the event to raise money for poverty programs. They expect to bring in about $1.5 million.

Some local residents are pleased at the decision of the Township Board to allow this special use for the extra one-time traffic at the site. Peter Weirsma of Zeeland plans to participate in the ride, and requested that the township approve the use. Other people are concerned about the reactions of the nearby residents.

Despite concerns that the conference grounds will be well over its capacity for that one night, the permit was approved. One board member acknowledged that they would probably have complaints from neighbors, but since the use was for only one night they approved the request.

Chairwoman of "Sea to Sea," Claire Elgersma expressed her enthusiasm, "This is an answer to our prayers, [Grand Haven} is a great place to be."

from the Grand Haven Tribune, "Church-organized bike tour to make stop in GHT this summer", by Kyle Moroney, Jan 29, 2008
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