2021 Newsmaker: David Hooker

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David Hooker

President, CEO

Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park

Another portion of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park’s $115 million Welcoming the World: Honoring a Legacy of Love expansion project was completed in 2021.

A new 69,000-square-foot Welcome Center opened last year. It has two levels; a main level and a lower level, which also is known as the courtyard level.

The main level includes an expanded and relocated Peter C. and Emajean Cook Entryway, PNC Portico, expanded and relocated Ram’s Garden, Daniel and Pamella DeVos Ticketing Center, expanded coat room and restrooms, a mobility center for wheelchairs and electric carts, O-A-K Theater and the Garden Pavilion that features horticultural displays and a new sculpture titled “Utopia” by the Spanish artist Jaume Plensa.

The courtyard level includes an expanded and relocated Peter M. Wege Library, archives and storage, Lievense Indoor Eating Area and Mimi’s Garden, which features a glass-enclosed sunken garden.

Frederik Meijer Gardens President and CEO David Hooker said the expansion project is part of the growth the world-class attraction is experiencing.  

“The magnificent new Welcome Center is made possible by the generosity of Fred and Lena Meijer; the extended Meijer family; and hundreds of individuals, companies and foundations,” he said. “The Welcome Center was created in response to an unprecedented embrace of our mission as reflected in our attendance, membership and donor base growth. Our appreciation is deep and sincere. Our architects, artists and garden designers have created a place to experience our mission that is truly world class.”

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