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Winter Sports complex celebrating 30 years

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - Muskegon's Winter Sports complex is celebrating 30 years. Friday night they hosted Muskegon's weekly "Party in the Park" at Hackley park. The event was a fundraiser for the complex.

The feature band for the night, the Westside Soul Surfers.

Parties in the Park have been going on in Muskegon since 1984. Sponsorship opportunities are available for all non-profit organizations in Muskegon County. Money raised during the summer concerts have to be used for human service programs open to all Muskegon County residents or for enhancements that benefit the community as a whole. It cannot go towards operational expenses. More information can be found at their website.

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Muskegon Dive Team prepares for Rescue Drill

NORTON SHORES, Mich. (WZZM) - Mona Lake is at the end of one of the Muskegon County Airport's two runways. Dozens of airplanes fly over the lake every week. In September the Muskegon County Sheriff's Department will hold a large scale drill.

They want to practice a water emergency involving an airplane. Friday the sheriff's department floated an old fuselage into the lake, then let it sink to the bottom. The process was a test to make sure the large airbags the dive team has would bring the plane back to the surface. It also gave divers a sample of the likely conditions they will experience during the actual drill."

Community members clean up Mona Lake Park

MUSKEGON HEIGHTS, Mich. (WZZM) - Community members in Muskegon and Muskegon Heights teamed up on Friday to clean up Mona Lake Park. The park is one of the largest in Muskegon Heights.

The group repaired benches, and painted over graffiti on the parks' pavilion. Some of the workers were from Americorps, Michigan Works, and United Way. They hope their effort leads to the reopening of the beach and swimming area at the park. Jocelyn Hines a resident who volunteered her time says, "My parents say all the time they use to come out here and just hang out and swim in the water. We want to revitalize this whole area. So we can have those same experiences right here in the Muskegon Heights area."

The project is connected to the "Watch Us Go" image campaign in Muskegon County.

New Muskegon bus terminal opens Saturday

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) -- Muskegon is putting the final touches on its new downtown bus terminal Friday. Construction work is wrapping up right now for Saturday's opening.

The Muskegon Area Transit System has been operating out of a temporary site during construction.

The terminal and transfer station on Morris Avenue has a larger air conditioned waiting area, there's more space for transit staff, and the public restrooms are much larger.

Greyhound is also using the building.

A loading and unloading area was redesigned to be safer for riders.

The building cost just over $2 million, with most of the money coming from a transportation grant.

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Muskegon changing intersection for rest of summer

MUSKEGON, Mich. (WZZM) - Muskegon's Public Safety office is installing new stop signs at a busy intersection near Lake Michigan for the rest of the summer. The new signs will go on Lakeshore Drive at Beach Street. There's currently one stop sign on Beach St. at the intersection.

The new signs will be installed on Friday afternoon, making the intersection a three-way stop.

Muskegon Co. outlines safety changes' effects in crash zones

EGELSTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WZZM) -- A little more than a week ago, three people died in a Muskegon County crash at the corner of Evanston Avenue and Maple Island Road in Egelston Township.

That crash triggered a safety review of the intersection by the Muskegon County Road Commission.

Now, WZZM 13 is On Your Side, showing you how safety changes at another dangerous intersection nearby are reducing crashes.

Michigan State Police have confirmed the 85-year-old driver of a Nissan ran a stop sign and drove into the path of a truck. The Nissan's driver and two other women in their 80's died in the crash.

Beach rescue station installed at Norton Shores park

NORTON SHORES, MIch. (WZZM) -- In Muskegon County, leaders on Thursday took the next step in preventing drownings at local beaches.

Thursday, they put in a beach rescue safety station at Lake Harbor Park. That's in Norton Shores where Mona Lake runs into Lake Michigan.

We first told you about beach rescue safety stations being installed earlier this week, when rangers installed one at Pioneer County Park. The stations include rescue boards, tubes, life rings, throw bags, and whistles.

Experts say all of those items can be used to save lives and to call 911 faster, if need be.

An average of five people drown in Muskegon County every year.