City of Ludington

Legacy Plaza

Project Description

Thirty-five years in the making, the City of Ludington‘s new community gathering space and event plaza, called “Legacy Plaza,” is in the former James Street right-of-way. Legacy Plaza’s major facelift will serve downtown Ludington for years to come. Completed in July 2021, the improvements included a new restroom building, a large event pavilion, a gas fireplace, a concert stage, decorative lighting, and site furnishings—tied together with decorative concrete and landscaping.

The plaza is designed to honor the legacy of the Native Americans—the Ottawa, Chippewa, and Potawatomi tribes—living along the shores of Lake Michigan and nearby forests, as well as the lumber and maritime industries that grew the community of Ludington to become what it is today.

Prein&Newhof provided site design, water main and storm water sewer design, landscape architecture, and construction observation services.


Matt Hulst, PE
Project Manager


The City of Ludington received funding from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation through a Community Development Block Grant.