Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Saugatuck OKs vending machines at 2 parks

You’ll be able get a 7UP after climbing up and down the stairs at Mount Baldhead and a Deja Blue Water after swimming in Lake Michigan at Oval Beach after the Saugatuck City Council approved Monday night a contract to put beverage vending machines at those parks.

This is the first time the machines will be in a city park.

The Dr Pepper Snapple Group, 900 Brooks Ave. in Holland, will install and maintain the machines. The city will get a payment based in the percentage of items sold.

“The main goal is to serve a public need,” said City Manager Kirk Harrier, noting visitors have requested a way to get drinks at the parks.

The machine at Oval Beach will be located near the concession stand. The vending machine will be turned on only when the stand is not in operation.

The machine at Mount Baldhead will be placed near the restroom building and will be screened so the light doesn’t effect the view of the area.

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