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 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