The Friends of the Bay City State Recreation Area was formed in 1994 as a support group for the interpretive program, the visitor center and other resources of the Bay City State Park. The Friends' purpose is to provide educational and recreational opportunities to people visiting the recreation area.

Many past visitors to the recreation area enjoyed climbing the Tobico Towers at the Tobico Marsh to catch the views of the oak forest and the wetlands. A grant request came from the Friends organization for $15,000 to be renovated and returned to public access to view the oak forest and waterfowl migration.

In addition, the Friends of the Bay City State Recreation Area requested a grant for the development of a Spray Park to be built in the picnic area of the Bay City State Recreation Area. At the time of the request, the beach area of the State Park was not usable because of the muck and phragmites. The Friends wanted another water activity for children who were staying in the camp ground or on a day trip to the recreation area.  

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