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 Peg Rowley

"Kantzler started it all. In 1983 The Kantzler Foundation approached me to start up the Bay Area Community Foundation. It funded our operating expenses for several years and worked with us in partnership as we implemented a number of community involvement projects, like the Riverwalk and Pier. When I reflect on great programs and projects like the Community Foundation, Studio 23, The State Theatre, BaySail, the facilities at Wenonah Park, The Civic Arena, The Wirt Library, The Dow Family Y, Playscape at the State Park and so much more, I have to think, 'Where would we be without The Kantzler Foundation?'"

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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