Supreme Court majority rejects lower court's decision that City of Grand Haven acted as private entity in managing Duncan Park
After the City of Grand Haven was sued because of an injury at Duncan Park, the courts were forced to address the question of whether the Park Commission was a governmental entity. The Court of Appeals pointed out that the Park Commission was not a board or "political subdivision" of the City, but rather an independent, autonomous private body, and therefore not entitled to immunity.
The majority of the Supreme Court reversed this holding. The one dissenting Justice objected, stating that "designating the Commission a 'board' does not transform a private group into a political subdivision."