Beyond its popularity for public performances, Bronson Park has been the social and political heart of Kalamazoo for nearly two centuries. The Park is loved and well-used — a place often referred to as Kalamazoo’s ‘front porch’.
In 2019 the park will be renovated in a way that more easily accommodates current and future uses. The Kalamazoo Downtown Master Plan supports continued investment in maintaining Kalamazoo’s distinctive identity, character, and traditional downtown environment, and plans for Bronson Park support that effort, while providing enhanced opportunities for everyone to use and enjoy the park.
A 21st Century Bronson Park will retain its significance as an important historic cultural landscape, and:
- offer new opportunities for a wider variety of programming, with enhanced seating options for performances, and flexibility for other events, people-watching, quiet reading, and lively conversations;
- re-forest the park to its pre-1980-tornado status;
- deliver enhanced sound and lighting
- relocate three important elements within the park: a) the bronze sculpture group When Justice and Mercy Prevail, Children May Safely Play to the south lawn, with artist Kirk Newman’s endorsement; b) Mike the Peacock to the southeast lawn; and c) the park’s many markers and monuments into two groupings at the park’s east and west ends — for more respectful visitation;
- deliver, through electronic kiosks, information about park programming, events, public education programming, capital campaign contributors, and more;
- Join us in 'Cultivating the Common Ground' that is Bronson Park!