Our goal heading into this season was to get you more information sooner than we ever had done before. Then the pandemic hit. As much as we tried to be proactive on our communication, we struggled to keep up with all the moving parts as they continued unfolding. That said, we did the best that we could with our current resources and staff. Thank you to all our staff and department managers for keeping us all up to date on how COVID continues impacting our community. Special thanks to Jeff our new Park President who collaborated with Allegan County every step of the way to make sure were acting and communicating in step with all the Executive Orders and to Sydney Ritz our Communication Assistant that helps us keep up with all the web updates, Weekly Flyers, E-News, social updates, and Rave alerts. She has been a tremendous asset to our team and will continue working with us into the fall as I’ll soon be taking time off to welcome my new daughter home from the Helen DeVos NICU. In my absence Sydney will keep all our communications flowing into the off season.

We’d also like to thank George Fennema & Julie Kohn, our Weekly Flyer & Poster volunteers. Every Monday between Memorial & Labor Day they distribute all the updated Weekly Flyers to all the park entrances and offices. They also update all the park poster boards at all the Convenience Centers. It’s no small task, they spend hours each Monday out in the heat and humidity to make sure we’re all informed on the latest park news and events. Please be sure to thank them next time you see them.

While the final Weekly Flyer of the season ends on Monday, August 31st, the Labor Day Holiday Week, the Member E-News, Footprints, Rave alerts, web updates, and social posts will continue through the winter. We’ll have many exciting things to keep you updated on this winter including 50th Anniversary Merchandise & Events, North Shore Center construction updates, and all the new and exciting things we work on each off season for the upcoming summer. If any of your contact information, phone numbers, email addresses and/or mailing addresses have changed this past year, please make sure to update in your Member Web Access or by calling Member Service so you don’t miss out on any communications.

Communications Survey

We’d love your feedback of all the ways you kept up on communications, events and updates through this season. Please take five minutes to complete our end of season communications survey. We’ll select one random person that will win a $50 gift card to use on our new online merch & logo wear store. The survey is will be available through Saturday, October 31, 2020 at SandyPines.com/Surveys.

SMS Text Alerts

If you are a Member, you are automatically entered into our Rave text & email Member Communication List. This list is intended for important member news, dates, account reminders, large cancellations, and emergency weather updates.

If you are an Associate Member, Guest, or Camper who would like weekly park news, event updates, weather alerts, cancellations, and closures you can join our new Family & Friends Text Alert List. Members who want additional park news and updates are also encouraged to join this list.  You can opt-in or out at any time. Text & data rates will apply.

To Opt-In:       Text “SANDYPINES” to 67283
To Opt-Out:    Text “STOP” to 67283

Please keep in mind severe weather notifications and other emergency alerts are sent automatically by the National Weather Service, Allegan County, the State of Michigan, and other national agencies. The National Weather Service will often send numerous consecutive alerts in the case of severe weather advisories and warnings. For additional details on how you can stay updated on all our park news via our website, weekly E-News, Weekly Flyers, Monthly Footprints and more, visit SandyPines.com/Communications.

SP Cable Channels 27.1-27.4

Our Sandy Pines Cable Channels Broadcast Park Information 24 hours/day and are a great source for park updates and information.

  • SP Ch 27.1 Park News, Events, Alerts, Cancellations, Weather, Traffic & News
  • SP Ch 27.2 Board of Directors Meetings, Face to Phase Meetings & Chapel Services
  • SP Ch 27.3 Sandy Pines Sales Listings
  • SP Ch 27.4 Spectrum Cable Channel Listing

If you have a few minutes to spare, SP Channel 27.1 will run through all our current park news, events, alerts, weather, and local traffic in 5 minutes or less. This is a great daily way to get a summary of what’s happening in the park.

Sandy Pines Merch & Logo Wear

Sandy Pines merchandise and logo wear is available for purchase at the Sandy Pines Park & Garden Store, the Happy Shack, and online in our new Merch Store. We have shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, jackets, blanket, pants, baby onesies, tote bags, dog bandanas, coffee mugs, and more. We’re currently offering limited edition fall camouflage t-shirts, hoodies, hats, and blankets. We’ve also added cool weather beanie hats, knit scarfs, flannel pants, sweatpants, and jackets to our store. Get them now for those cool fall golf cart commutes!

Happy Shack Merch

The Happy Shack will be closing for the season on Monday, September 7th at 6:00 pm. Labor Day Weekend will be the last chance to stock up on Happy Shack shirts and hoodies.

Park & Garden Store Merch

The Park & Garden Store will be closing Mondays through Thursdays after Labor Day Weekend but will remain open Friday-Sunday through the month of September. They have our new limited edition camouflage logo wear in addition to their normal stock of t-shirts, hoodies, hats, blankets, and jackets.

Online Merch Store

Our new online store will be open the first couple weeks of each month. When the online store closes, we’ll process all the orders and send them the Sandy Pines Park & Garden Store for onsite pick up or you can have them shipped directly to your home address. Due to our new COVID-19 mail policy, we will not be able to ship clothing to Sandy Pines.

September orders will be available for pick up at The Sandy Pines Park & Garden Store on Friday, September 25th. While Park & Garden will be officially closing for the season on Sunday, September 27th, they will be accessible on Saturday, October 3rd during The FallFestival for the last day of pick up for the 2020 season. If you are not able to pick orders up on Saturday, October 3rd, they’ll be held for pickup at the start of the 2021 season.

September Online Store Hours
Open
Sunday, August 24th at Midnight
Closes
Sunday, September 6th at Midnight
Orders Available & Shipped
Friday, September 25th

The online store will reopen Sunday, October 4th through Sunday, October, 18th. Onsite pick up will no longer be available until spring 2021. Direct shipping will be available throughout the winter. Stay tuned for new Christmas and 50th Anniversary Merchandise that will be available in November!  The online store can be found at SandyPines.com/Merch.

2 Comments

  1. Megan Schlicker on September 17, 2020 at 3:51 pm

    I would like to order a sweatshirt from the online Merch store. When is the next time it is open?

    • Sydney Ritz on September 18, 2020 at 8:28 am

      The Online Merch Store opens next October 4th and closes October 18th.

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