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 Michael Bacigalupo - State Theatre of Bay City

"The Kantzler Foundation has generously supported the State Theatre of Bay City with grants to help fund multiple projects to keep the theatre on the cutting edge of technology, and its original renovation.
From the digital marquee which adorns the Washington Avenue entrance to the high tech lighting and sound system to the original renovation that was started in early 2000, the Kantzler Foundation has always been there to help, and to keep the State Theatre the 'Gem of Bay City'.
Without their help not only at the State Theatre but in the entire Great Lakes Bay Region, some projects would not even get off the ground. The Kantzler Foundation is truly a gift to the community and will always be appreciated for the generous grants and opportunities throughout the Bay City area and the Great Lakes Bay region."

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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