The Consumers Energy Foundation has awarded a $ 100,000 grant to support the City of Kalamazoo’s rehabilitation of Bronson Park, bringing the Bronson Park 21st Century campaign past the halfway mark of its $ 2.8 million goal. This funding will support the placement of an information kiosk which will greet visitors at one of the corners of the park.
“We are pleased to give the Kalamazoo community support to help revitalize an important downtown resource in Bronson Park,” said David Mengebier, President of the Consumers Energy Foundation. “We are impressed by the work that city officials have done to improve the park and look forward to seeing it make Kalamazoo an even more attractive place to live and work.”
With this grant the Consumers Energy Foundation joins a broad group of supporters that includes the Irving S. Gilmore Foundation, Rotary Club of Kalamazoo, Michigan State Historic Preservation Office, Kalamazoo Community Foundation, Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians (the Gun Lake Band), City of Kalamazoo, and many other organizations and community members.
“We really appreciate this support from the Consumers Energy Foundation and all of the supporters throughout this campaign,” said Sean Fletcher, Director of Parks & Recreation for the City of Kalamazoo. “Bronson Park is such an important space in our downtown and so many of us have a personal connection to it. We’re excited to make this amazing space even better.”
About the Consumers Energy Foundation
The Consumers Energy Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Consumers Energy, giving Michigan cities, towns and neighborhoods the extra support needed to build communities that we’re proud to call home. The foundation provides grants and mobilizes volunteers to strengthen local education, social services, the environment, and community, economic and cultural development.
About the Bronson Park 21st Century Campaign
The Bronson Park 21st Century Campaign is a community effort to raise $ 2.8 million to improve Bronson Park. The Campaign is driven by the Bronson Park Master Plan, which was completed in 2016 after an extensive public planning effort. In addition to physical improvements to Bronson Park, the Plan also includes educational components to provide an accurate portrayal of Native American history and cultural experience, which are being created in partnership with the Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi.
The City is grateful to the many dozens of community members who volunteer their time and talents to making the Campaign an ongoing success. You can learn more about the Bronson Park 21st Century Campaign or make a donation at www.kalamazoocity.org/bronsonpark.