COLDWATER, MI (WTVB) - It’s groundbreaking day for a major expansion of recreational facilities for the City of Coldwater. Ceremonies are set for 11 o’clock this morning on property on the north side of Legg Middle School at the corner of Bishop and Western Avenues where an aquatic center will be built as part of an $11-million project that includes an addition to the Heritage Independence Recreation Gymnasium. The endeavor was announced in December when Dr. Robert Browne and his late wife Lynn revealed their multi-million donation to fund the project that will include a state of the art aquatic center with an eight lane competitive pool, separate warm water zero entry therapy pool, spectator seating, locker rooms and community rooms. The facility will be designed with the latest in energy saving green technology.
The gift from Dr. Browne will also mean the Heritage Independence Recreation Gymnasium will more than double in size. It will include a multi-purpose floor that will be usable for basketball, volleyball, tennis, soccer and other community activities. The facility will also include an indoor walking track and community rooms.
In 2002, Dr. Brown was responsible for donating funds to build the Henry L. Brown Municipal building in Coldwater. It was named after his grandfather who had served on the City Council from 1938-1942. Dr. Browne, a 1942 graduate of Coldwater high school, became an orthodonist after attending dental school at the University of Michigan and went on to become a successful businessman and philanthropist in Grand Rapids.