Begun in 1977 with a $7,000 grant to fund the preliminary design, engineering and survey work for a riverfront arboretum, the City of Bay City, the City and Bay city Garden Club have created a wonderful natural space along the Saginaw River. 

Subsequent grants to both organizations totaling over $230,000, have allowed the expansion of the area, enhanced the natural landscape and added an Interpretive Center which honors the life and benevolent legacy of Leopold Kantzler.

Community Impact

testimonial author Cathy Washabaugh - Riverwalk/Railtrail

"Over the past 20 years of my community involvement, The Kantzler Foundation has stepped up to the plate numerous times with financial support to enhance our community and make it a wonderful place to live, play and work.  I have volunteered on committees that have received grants from The Kantzler Foundation ranging from Imagination Station & Come Play by the Bay Playscapes, to the Railtrail/Riverwalk and Spray Park at the Bay City State Recreation Area. If you have an idea & a plan to create your vision, and a plan to maintain your vision, The Kantzler Foundation will listen!"

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The Kantzler Foundation provides financial support for charitable projects and programs that directly benefit the residents of Bay County in areas such as: education, science, arts, culture, human services, conservation, beautification and recreation.

Office Location

Pere Marquette Depot

1000 Adams St., Suite 200
Bay City, MI 48708
Phone: (989) 893-4438
Email: kathy@kantzler.org