Park Township Airport Historical Association

Dedicated to Preserving the History and Future of Park Township Airport

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PTAHA has stopped scheduling Flight Nights in accordance with Corona virus recommendations.   Please watch this page for announcements on when they will resume.

Click here >>June 19, 2020  Final Fly-In Farewell Video and Photos 

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Thank you to all who attended the Final Fly-In at the Park Township Airport. In a few short weeks the airport will be gone forever. A very sad day for aviation and everyone in Holland who loves it. Please see Tom Aardema’s video “Eulogy for a small airport” and Brian Hoatlin’s drone video excerpts .  PTAHA will post more photos from the Final Fly-In soon.

Park Township Airport 1937 – 2020 RIP

Email letter from Tom Aardema on Monday June 15, 2020

Hi Bob (PTAHA)

Thanks go to you Bob and all those who tried so very hard to save our airport. We lost, the opposition won. I can’t tell you how very sad this travesty makes me feel. 

For many of us supporters, the myopic voter decision to close will never be forgiven or forgotten. 

Many who voted against keeping the airport open are likely relatively new to the township and thus have no emotional connection to the airport and could not see the value in paying a miniscule tax increase for its maintenance.  “What’s in it for me” kind of thinking. What is in it for them is increased car parking space near the township office, for starters.

A video I produced, “Eulogy for a small airport”, tells the story of how I, one old timer from Waukazoo, feel about it.  Check it out on my YouTube channel at: https://youtu.be/h_Rme3gNxEg 

I understand that many residents are deeply regretful of the destruction of an area icon. Bulldozing the runway is an exceptionally cruel and heartless act. I do not want to be there when they do it because I know this old 81 year old guy will cry. I wouldn’t be alone either. 

To see a paved township car parking lot there will be the deepest cut and every time I drive by the area, its symbol of “overwhelming suburban creep“ will reignite my anger and add salt to the wound. 

Park Township does not need more bike paths, more soccer fields, baseball fields, football fields, tennis courts, skateboard courts and 100 new condos, with landscaping. And retail stores. Think of the revenue possibilities with all the acreage! Developers and planners are already gleefully putting pencil to paper. Wait and see. A sacrilege. 

Please feel free to share my video with anyone you wish.

Best of luck again and thank you for you steadfast involvement and leadership in your efforts to sustain the heritage. 

Tom Aardema

FINAL FLY-IN at Park Township Airport – SATURDAY JUNE 13

Greetings pilots and all aviation enthusiasts.  We are passing along information about an informal FINAL FLY-IN at Holland’s Park Township Airport on Saturday June 13.   The airport was opened in 1937 and the Township officials will close it forever in just a few weeks. Please help give it a good sendoff by packing a lunch and flying in for the last time.  NOTE:  The Township has also stopped fuel sales so top off at home before you leave.  It is still a public airport so as in the past everyone is welcome to stop by and see airplanes and talk to pilots.

HOPE to see you on June 13.

 

Any comments or questions regarding the future of the airport should be directed to Park Township Manager Howard Fink

hfink@parktownship.org    Office (616) 738-4229    Cell (810) 880-9498

Message from FOPTA.  The airport millage failed 42% to 57%.

The airport will be closed.

Thank you for all of your support.  Best wishes to all.

Click on the video below to hear Annie Olson tell her story about learning to fly at the Park Township Airport over 60 years ago.

 

FOPTA Civil Air Patrol Video – VOTE YES for Park Township Airport

 

FOPTA Video – VOTE YES for the Park Township Airport

Flight Night Welcomes Aviation Industry Guests

The Flight Night program is an introduction to aviation for middle and high school students, presented by PTAHA volunteers.  Students learn about flight aerodynamics, sit in an airplane cockpit, and then fly one of PTAHA’s two flight simulators.  The Dec 10 Flight Night students also had a chance to learn about flying and working in the aviation industry from local experts. This night’s special guests included Megan Stumbo-Chief Flight Instructor Vision Air, Alex Ezinga – American Eagle First Officer, Ashly Kramer-Charter Manager Vision Air, Buster Bedrosian- Flight Instructor Vision Air, Matt Slobe- West Mi Aviation Academy Flight Instructor, and Megan’s father Bob.  Students asked questions about careers in the aviation industry, guests shared their own stories, and great advice was offered about how to pursue education and training in the field of aviation. Links for more information about Flight Night or sign up for a Flight Night.

New Xplane Flight Sim

We are thankful for everyone helping to keep the Park Township Airport in operation.  Have a nice Thanksgiving holiday!

TODAY  IS  NATIONAL  AVIATION  DAY!

As you may know the results of the Township survey about the Airport/AirPark Vision plan showed a MAJORITY of residents surveyed had a FAVORABLE reaction to the Vision concept plan.   NOW IS THE TIME for you to voice your support for the Airport and the AirPark Vision concept.  Please call the Township office at 616-399-4520 or email the Board of Trustees at board@parktownship.org and tell them you support the airport and the AirPark Vision concept.

Thank you for helping to preserve the history and future of the Park Township Airport!

Airpark Vision Plan

This is the overall AirPark plan. All of the features are listed on the sidebar, use your magnifying glass! Please learn about and support the AirPark plan!  The N.W. corner is combined with the Cooper VanWieren property to form hiking, biking, and equestrian trails.

Friends of the Park Township Airport Historical Association hope to see the location revitalized with exciting new opportunities and facilities for all residents of the area.

Close Up of AirPark S.E. Park Area

This is a close-up view of the S.E. park area including, splash pad, viewing area, student observatory, Chief Waukazoo memorial, pond, soccer field, pilot memorials, jet memorial, playground, drone racing course, prairie restoration trail, restrooms, multipurpose community building. Learn more about the plan and support it!

Boeing 80A at Park Township in 1937

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Local Students Fly the Redbird Flight Simulator
The Community Hangar with Pilot Memorial
The Historic Hangar Today – Hoping for Restoration
Civil Air Patrol Squadron MI-135 Stationed at Park Twp Airport

Park Township Airport Historical Association

1269 Ottawa Beach Road
Holland, MI 49424
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Phone: 616-399-9333

info@parktownshipairporthistoricalassociation.org

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