Downtown Management Board and Development Authority – In 2005, a group of key stakeholders came together to create a strategy for the redevelopment of Wenonah Park to meet today and tomorrow’s needs for daily use of the park, and for special events and activities.

A Master Plan was designed that permits phased construction of the proposed improvements over multiple years, as funding becomes available.  Phase I included a Riverwalk promenade, with seating, steps and access ramps to the river, decorative seating and overlook of the river with café seating, and improved mooring facilities with utility and seawall upgrades.

The total cost of Phase I was $1,250,000, with $1,100,000 coming from the Department of Natural Resources, and additional $600,000 from the Downtown Management Board, and $110,000 from the Kantzler Foundation, and additional funds from the Russell and Maxine Smith Foundation.

Community Impact

testimonial author Elizabeth C. Martin - Bay City Garden Club

"It is with deep gratitude and appreciation the Bay City Garden Club thanks the Kantzler Foundation for its generous support over many years. In 1975, the Bay City Garden Club visualized an arboretum along the Saginaw River as a gift to the city of Bay City for environmental, educational and ornamental purposes. The initial Kantzler donation in 1977 helped fund the arboretum's master design plan and to later install sidewalks and extensive landscape plantings. Further donations from the Kantzler Foundation helped create the Kantzler Memorial Arboretum and it was proudly dedicated to the community in 1981. A substantial Kantzler grant in 2011 helped complete the southwest section, and the 2014 dedication of the Kantzler Memorial Arboretum's Interpretive Center was made possible by another remarkable Kantzler grant. This Kantzler legacy is appreciated by Bay City residents and visitors now and will be there for future generations.

The Kantzler Memorial Arboretum is a beautiful contribution to all ages in our community, giving us a place to explore nature and spend time outside, helping create a necessary balance in our lives. This 21 acre jewel along the west bank of Bay City's Saginaw River has improved the quality of life in Bay County and the Arboretum will benefit the public for many years to come."

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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