Update January 14, 2021:
Progress continues on the public observatory slated for Hemlock Crossing County Park. Using current concept drawings, the Shoreline Amateur Astronomical Association (SAAA) created a 3D printed model of the facility – you can check it out below.
The observatory will have a rotating dome and house a 16-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope, providing an opportunity for viewing, studying, and photographing objects in the night sky. The plan also calls for transmitting near real-time images onto a screen inside the Nature Center. Groundbreaking is projected for late spring/summer 2021.
The total project cost is estimated at $95,000 and the SAAA has secured nearly $75,000. If you would like to support this exciting project, you can do so by visiting and making a pledge or an online donation: https://www.holland-saaa.org/observatory-project
Thank you to the Friends of Ottawa County Parks and the Ottawa County Parks Foundation for their support of this project!
May 28, 2018: The SAAA is raising funds for West Michigan’s first public observatory! The $65,000 observatory is planned for Hemlock Crossing County Park, near the Nature Education Center.
Friends of Ottawa County Parks and the Ottawa County Parks Foundation have each donated $2,500, and Ottawa County Parks donated $5,000 toward the effort, pushing them just over half way to their goal. They have raised approximately $35,000.
If you are interested in supporting this endeavor, please visit the SAAA online.