What Will Be Open In West Michigan For Father’s Day Weekend?
With restaurants and businesses in West Michigan slowly and safely opening back up after the COVID-19 quarantine but other companies like the parent company of HopCat, Stella’s Lounge and Grand Rapids Brewing Co. HopCat’s parent company filling for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, it is hard to know what is open and what is closed in West Michigan this Father’s Day weekend. That’s why our team at Lynden Sports Center has come up with a list of what will be open in West Michigan for the upcoming Father’s Day weekend.
Our team would like to preface that it is important to still stay safe, wear a mask, maintain a safe distance, and continue to clean your hands and body. Your safety is of our utmost concern. From constant sanitization to maintaining a safe distance, our team at our Coopersville location have been working hard to keep you safe. Read This Checklist to See if It Is Safe for Your to Visit Your Father this Father’s Day
What is Open In West Michigan
- Boating is Open – Effective Friday, April 24, 2020, boating was open to the public assuming strict social distancing measures.
In the governor’s order, motorized boating, marines, and other water activities were permitted. Lynden Sports Center is legally able provide services to their customers such as boat repairs and purchases. Buy a Boat From Us Today
In a post shared to Facebook, several Michigan boaters were also seeking clarification on whether or not they would be allowed to get their boats from storage.
- Michigan Trails Are Open –Silver Lake State Park ORV Area is now open. State-managed trails, including ORV trails and nonmotorized trails (e.g., cross-country trails), are open. Grading and other maintenance operations were ceased temporarily earlier in the season. Some maintenance activities are now beginning to resume. Please continue to use great care when riding trails this season.
- Michigan State Parks Are Open – State parks and recreation areas have been and remain open for day use. Many park amenities are beginning to open, including bathroom buildings, hand-washing stations, trash services, concessions, playgrounds, viewing platforms, fishing piers, sports areas, designated dog areas, picnic tables and shelters. Drinking fountains will remain closed until further notice. Please contact the park by phone or visit the individual parks Facebook page to view a list of open amenities. The Recreation Passport requirement for vehicle entry to state parks and recreation areas has been temporarily suspended to help minimize face-to-face interactions and the exchange of money.
- Campgrounds Will Be Open June 22 – Campgrounds and overnight lodging in state park and recreation areas will resume June 22 (a few campgrounds have delayed opening, please see below). State Campgrounds with Extended Closures: The following campgrounds are closed because of needed construction on restroom and shower buildings, electrical systems, other improvements, and emergency repairs (work delayed due to COVID-19). Currently, these are the earliest possible dates for new reservations:
- Burt Lake State Park modern campground: at least Sept. 11.
- Interlochen State Park campground (South B loop): at least Aug. 21.
- Indian Lake State Park modern campground: at least Aug. 8.
- Ionia State Recreation Area modern campground (B11 through B16) and mini cabins (#32 & #34): at least July 6.
- Keith J. Charters Traverse City State Park modern campground: closed until July 10 in the east and west loop and until Aug. 3 in the west loop.
- Lakeport State Park south campground (sites 301-356) and group-use campground: at least Aug. 28.
- Sleepy Hollow State Park north campground (sites 1-100): at least Oct. 31.
- Wilson State Park modern campground: at least Aug. 21.
Fishing is Open – Fishing has always been allowed. Charter and fishing guide operations may operate with restrictions. Visit the DNR for More Information
- Golfing is Open – Effective Friday, April 24, 2020 on the same day as the release of boating, golfing was opened to the public assuming strict social distancing measures. More and more golfers are streaming out to the courses after the governor’s order. As shown below, most of the golf courses nation wide are open. Make sure you call a head and reserve a tee time this Father’s Day weekend!
- Beaches Are Open – Ron Olson, chief of the Parks and Recreation Division of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, said most of the 103 state parks have some type of body of water with a beach have been opened since Memorial Weekend, the unofficial start to summer. Social distancing at those sandy locales will be “very important” to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Need a new water craft to make your beach stay-cation even better? Check Out Our Inventory Now
- Shooting Ranges Are Open – Island Lake and Bald Mountain ranges that are operated by Michigan Shooting Centers, opened to the public May 10 with revised hours and restrictions. Ortonville, Pontiac Lake, Rose Lake and Sharonville shooting ranges are set to open June 18 with revised hours and restrictions.
- Hair Salons and Barbershops Are Open – As of Monday, June 15, hair salons and barbershops are open according to an executive order by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. New safety measures will be enforced in these businesses and businesses like them.
- West Michigan Dine In Restaurants Are Open – The ban for dine in restaurants was lifted and Michigan restaurants can reopen as soon as June 8. Many restaurants have not opened yet due to strict safety guidelines, and many more are reservation only. Make sure to call ahead to make sure the restaurant is open before making your Father’s Day reservations.
- Michigan Retail Stores Are Open – Michigan retailers were allowed to reopen Thursday after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s decision to move the entire state to phase four of the “MI Start Safe” plan. Go out and buy dad a new tie this year or just come check out Michigan’s Largest Showroom of new and Used Boats!
- Lynden Sports Center is Open – Our team would like to preface that it is important to still stay safe, wear a mask, maintain a safe distance, and continue to clean your hands and body, but our facility is open. Come in this Father’s Day week and weekend to find a gift that your dad will remember for the rest of his life. Check Out Our Inventory
Events In West Michigan on Father’s Day Weekend
- GR Succulent Summer Solstice Pop-up | Saturday, June 20, 2020 – 10:00am – Several thousand succulents will be out in the parking lot of Schuler Books & Music on 2660 28th Street SE Grand Rapids. Stop by and browse the massive varieties of succulents and cacti, and stop inside to check out the selection of books and music! Find Out More
World Giraffe Day at Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park | June 21 12pm – 6pm – World Giraffe Day is on June 21 but they will be celebrating all weekend long! There are strict guidelines for visiting this Animal Park to see the long legged friends. Find Out More
Juneteenth | June 19th All Day – It is a virtual festival organized in Grand Rapids, MI by a Black woman creative direction team with complete confidence and intention to effectively mobilize our beloved Black communities in America. Find Out More
- Taste of Muskegon | June 19 7pm – Taste is still on! To keep everyone safe, Taste of Muskegon will be virtual for 2020. Many parts of the festival that you love will still happen, just with a twist! Learn More Now The Kids Zone offers interactive activities where kids can win prizes. The contest details will be posted June 19th at: https://www.tasteofmuskegon.org/kids-zone-2020
- SLHF Car Show 2020 | June 19 5pm – 9pm – Trophies for the Top 60 Best of Show. Music provided by Yuno Karaoke & DJ Entertainment. Food and beverage for purchase by Mata’s Fun Food Concessions. Find Out More
Here at Lynden Sports Center we honor and love fathers. It is just as important to stay safe this weekend though as it is to honor your dads. Please read the CDC COVID-19 guidelines. Make memories this Father’s Day, but stay patient. It’s not a coincidence that boating is one of the safest activities you can do right now other than stay home.