Successful Anniversary Year Boosts Meijer Gardens Attendance and Membership

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GRAND RAPIDS, MICH.- During its 15-year anniversary, Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park has reached record-breaking levels in visitor attendance and membership. During Fiscal Year 2010, which ended September 30, Meijer Gardens attracted a record 643,031 visitors. Its membership base grew to a record 20,653 member households. In recent years, attendance at Meijer Gardens has averaged approximately a half-million visitors annually. However, in Fiscal Year 2010, attendance rates surpassed the previous record – set in 2005 – by 17 percent. In just 15 years, Meijer Gardens has seen more than 6.3 million guests, making it one of the most-visited art museums in the world.* The popular “Chihuly: A New Eden” attracted guests across the North America and 44 of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, and as far away as Europe, South America and Asia. Nearly 46 percent of the year’s total visit