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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’. We now have an opportunity to make Bronson Park a better park; to enhance and improve this important part of our collective history for everyone’s future.


Support the Campaign!

If your current or former employer will match your gift, please print, complete and mail the Bronson Park Pledge Card below, and note this under “Company Match” on page 1.  Or, you can donate on-line:



Please use the "Special instructions to BP21 Campaign” button to indicate preferences:
Make your gift “in memory of” or “in honor of” a special person. 5% of all gifts automatically go to the Bronson Park Endowment, unless you "opt out" here. If you wish your gift to be anonymous, please indicate here.

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You can also pledge $1000 through 2019:

 



The 2016 Bronson Park Master Plan will guide the park’s renovation in a way that respects its history as a cultural landscape, and more easily accommodates current and future uses. The Kalamazoo Downtown Master Plan supports
continued investment in maintaining Kalamazoo’s distinctive identity, cultural assets, character, and traditional downtown environment, and the Bronson Park Master Plan strongly supports that plan, 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;
  • provide a shade structure which may be raised for events and lowered afterward;
  • deliver enhanced sound, lighting and free public WiFi;
  • restore the Fountain of the Pioneers complex, and raise the floor of the reflecting pool floor so it can be quickly drained and used for additional performance seating;
  • 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;
    install a new holiday tree at the fountain complex’s east end;
  • deliver, through electronic kiosks, information about park programming, events, public education programming, capital campaign contributors, and more; 
  • use the fountain’s sculpture as an opportunity to explore and learn about Kalamazoo’s Native American history and cultural experience, and the historical Euro-American and art contexts during which the Fountain of the Pioneers was designed — a learning experience that will be accessible to all; and more.

Join us in 'Cultivating the Common Ground' that is Bronson Park!

  • Make a pledge of $1,000 through 2019.
  • Make a gift of appreciated assets.
  • Make a one-time cash gift.

5% of all gifts will be directed to the Bronson Park Endowment Fund at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation unless otherwise directed by the donor.

For more information about these options, or to receive a Gift-Pledge Form, please contact the City of Kalamazoo Parks and Recreation Department at 269-337-8191, or fletchers@kalamazoocity.org.

Bronson Park Brochure 

Bronson Park Pledge Card

2016 Bronson Park Master Plan Full Report

Final Master Plan Summary

Final Master Plan (Map Only)

Bronson Park Fountain of the Pioneers Brochure

Fountain of the Pioneers National Register Nomination

 

Our past, our park, our future - cultivating our common ground

Bronson Park Master Plan Project

The City of Kalamazoo has engaged the consulting firm of O'Boyle, Cowell, Blalock & Associates to complete a historic evaluation, provide rehabilitation & maintenance recommendations, and assemble a master plan for improvements to Bronson Park in downtown Kalamazoo. This process will include input from the Park Steering Committee, key stakeholders, and any interested parties through public input meetings. News and meeting schedules will be available on this website throughout the process.

pdf Bronson Park Master Plan Report (6.89 MB) UPDATED 3/17

pdf  Public Comment Summary

pdf  Bronson Park Master Plan Project Timeline

pdf  Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the treatment of Historic Properties

pdf  Bronson Park Completed Public Comment Sheets (14.37 MB) *

     Interview with Sean Fletcher

*Comment sheets are in their original form as submitted, although names, addresses, and phone numbers have been removed. 

March 18th Meeting

icon Steering Committee Minutes

February 18th Meeting

icon Steering Committee Presentation Slides

January 10th Meeting

image  Bronson Park Vision & Guiding Principles

image  Bronson Park Presentation Board

image  Bronson Park Presentation Board (2 )

image  Bronson Park Presentation Board (3)

image  Bronson Park Presentation Board (4)

image  Concept Development

image  Concept Plan Options

image  Potential Park Amenities

image  Potential Amenities (2)

December 3rd Meeting

pdf  Steering Committee Presentation Slides

pdf  Steering Committee Meeting Minutes

November 12th Meeting

pdf  Steering Committee Meeting Presentation Slides

pdf  Steering Committee Meeting Minutes

October 1st Meeting

pdf  Meeting Minutes

pdf  Bronson Park Likes & Dislikes Discussion

pdf  Steering Committee Presentation Slides

 

Questions or comments may be directed to:

Sean Fletcher, Parks & Recreation Director

fletchers@kalamazoocity.org

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB)

is a City Commission appointed advisory board consisting of nine voting members, all of whom shall be residents of the City of Kalamazoo and at least two members shall be 15-17 years of age.

The general duties of the board shall be to advise the City Manager and the City Commission regarding parks and recreation planning and programming. Applications for PRAB are available at the City Clerk's Office or online through the City Clerk Department. 

applications for PRAB are available at the City Clerks Office or online through the City Clerk Department.

For details on the PRAB Meeting Schedule and a list of current PRAB members please see: http://www.kalamazoocity.org/reports/citycommissionagendas/boards/boards_PRA.php

PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT

Mayors' Riverfront Park

251 Mills Street

Kalamazoo, MI 49048-2434

Phone: 269-337-8191

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB)

The PRAB is a City Commission appointed advisory board consisting of nine voting members, all of whom shall be residents of the City of Kalamazoo and at least two members shall be 15-17 years of age.

The general duties of the board shall be to advise the City Manager and the City Commission regarding parks and recreation planning and programming. Applications for PRAB are available at the City Clerk's Office or online through the City Clerk Department.

Applications for PRAB are available at the City Clerks Office or online through the City Clerk Department.

For details on the PRAB Meeting Schedule and a list of current PRAB members please see:http://www.kalamazoocity.org/reports/citycommissionagendas/boards/boards_PRA.php

PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT
Mayors' Riverfront Park
251 Mills Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49048-2434
Phone: 269-337-8191

Friends of Recreation

The 2015 Friends of Recreation Golf Classic is on Friday, September 18. Additional Information and the registration form can be found icon here.

Mission Statement

To build an endowment for the future funding of our municipal parks, recreation and leisure programs for:

  • Youth
  • Seniors
  • People with disabilities
  • Families
  • Community
  • Helping those with limited resources

Friends of Recreation is a City Commission appointed advisory board that exists to develop funding partnerships with corporations and individuals for municipal parks and recreation in our community. Our goal is to ensure that local funding for parks, recreation, and leisure programs will continue to be available for all people in our community in the future.

The City of Kalamazoo currently has an outstanding parks and recreation program, serving participants in areas such as youth development, after school programs, aquatics and programs for seniors and people with disabilities. These activities enhance the quality of life for everyone.

Recreation and leisure programs are positive life-enriching experiences that no person should ever have to go without.

Help us ensure that today's opportunities for parks, recreation and leisure programs will still be available tomorrow for all people, regardless of age, gender, or income. The benefits of parks and recreation create connections to community, environment, economic development, families, youth, and individuals. For more information, call 337-8191.

How Can You Help?

Make a donation to the Kalamazoo Community Foundation/Kalamazoo Municipal Recreation Endowment Fund (may be tax deductible). Select "Other Fund," and type in "Kalamazoo Municipal Recreation Endowment Fund" or download pdf  Contribution Information Card  and return with your donation.

  • Remember "Friends of Recreation" in your will
  • Become an advisory board member

Here are just a few of the reasons to support parks and recreation:

  • Parks and recreation builds strong bodies
  • Enhances the quality of life
  • Improves health and reduces health care
  • Controls air and water quality
  • Keeps kids off the streets
  • Strengthens neighborhood involvement
  • Provides accessible places to enjoy nature
  • Teaches vital life skills
  • Reduces violence and crime
  • Creates memories
  • Reduces risk of stress related diseases
  • Increases community pride
  • Increases property values and boosts tourism
  • Connects families, keeps them together
  • THE BENEFITS ARE ENDLESS

Friends of Recreation Board

Friends of Recreation monthly meetings are held at Mayors' Riverfront Park at 8:15 a.m. Meetings are schedule for the second Thursday of each month.  For details on the meeting schedule visit the Friends of Recreation Board page.

Kalamazoo Growlers Information

We are very excited to have a Northwoods League Team in Kalamazoo! To find information on schedules, tickets, and all the other fun things the Growlers have going on, visit their website:

www.growlersbaseball.com

 

 

 

PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT

Mayors' Riverfront Park
251 Mills Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49048-2434
Phone: 269-337-8191
Fax: 269-552-6457

 

Adult Sports 

Tyler Shore
Softball Coordinator
269-337-8521
Ian Good
Parks & Recreation Intern
269-337-8191 
Pete Aerts 
Program Coordinator 
269-337-8418
 

 

ATTENTION VOLLEYBALL PLAYERS! 

The presentation provided at the Volleyball Managers meeting on September 16 is available  pdf here (442 KB) Please pay particular attention to the information found on pages 7, 8, 9, and 10 of the presentation. 

Rosters and signed waivers are due by October 9th at 5:00 p.m. Registration is $400 per team. Please see the meeting presentation for complete details. 

pdf Volleyball Roster (178 KB)

pdf Volleyball Waiver (194 KB)  

pdf Registration Card (184 KB)

pdf Managers Meeting Presentation (442 KB)

document Rules (complete) (45 KB)

document Rules (short) (44 KB)

For text message alerts for cancellations, please text KZOO9 to 57780


2015 Softball Playoff Brackets

2015 Softball, Second Half Schedules

Schedules:

Standings:

 ***To view the field for a given game, click the score or "- : -"*** 

2015 Softball, First Half Standings

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PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT
Mayors' Riverfront Park
251 Mills Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49048-2434
Phone: 269-337-8191
Fax: 269-552-6457

 

The Kalamazoo Farmers' Market

The Kalamazoo Farmers' Market is now run by the People's Food Co-op.

Location & Contact Information

1204 Bank Street, between Lake Street & Stockbridge Avenue off of Portage Rd.
People's Food Co-op - 269-342-5686

Farmers' Market Website

 

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Kalamazoo Golf Courses

The City of Kalamazoo's Golf Courses are operated by the Kalamazoo Municipal Golf Association (KMGA).
 
  
Milham Park Golf Club                                 
4200 Lovers Lane                                          
Kalamazoo, MI 49001                                                                            
(269) 344-7639
(269) 344-7211 (for tee times) 
 
Eastern Hills Golf Club
6075 East G Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49004
(269) 385-8175 
 
Red Arrow Golf Club
1041 Kings Highway
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
(269) 345-8329  
 

Lessons/Tournaments

Looking to improve your golf game? Private Lessons are available with PGA Professional Staff call either Milham Park or Eastern Hills pro shop to schedule your lessons. 

Merchandise

The best selection of quality merchandise at discount prices are available at  Milham and Eastern Hill's award-winning pro shops!

Friends of Recreation Golf Classic - September 18

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Registration information is available iconhere

Foot Golf

The City's Parks & Recreation Department and Red Arrow Golf Course are introducing Foot Golf! Foot Golf combines elements of Golf and Soccer to create a fun-filled game that all ages can play. You can play at Red Arrow Golf Course on Saturdays from 2:00pm until dusk.

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Recreation

MilhamParkActivityGuide

Click Image for the 2015 Winter/Spring Family Fun Guide 

(To enlarge a selected page, place your mouse over the desired page and left click) 

 The Recreation Division offers a variety of programs. Below is a sampling of the programs we offer:

  • Youth programs, including tutoring and after school programs
  • Youth sports
  • Preschool activities
  • FREE Family Special Events throughout the year
  • Adult Sports 

For up-to-date information on all of our programs and special events, visit our Facebook Page!

To register for programs:  Call (269) 337-8191 or visit our office @ 251 Mills Street during office hours, which are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. 

 

 Beginning January 1, 2015

Kalamazoo Friends of Recreation Scholarship Guidelines*

(*Applicant MUST be a resident of the City of Kalamazoo. Not sure if you live within the City limits? Check hereicon Street Directory)

 OPTION ONE: 50% off ANY Youth Program

  • Must qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch Program and provide a valid letter/documentation from Kalamazoo Public Schools

OPTION TWO:  100% off ANY Youth Program - Based on federal income guidelines

  • Must qualify for Free and Reduced Lunch Program and provide a valid letter/documentation from Kalamazoo Public Schools
  • Provide IRS 1040 from previous year
  • Provide copies of last 60 days of income (i.e. pay stubs, government assistance, alimony, child support, etc.)

                      Please allow two weeks for processing

 For questions regarding your specific circumstances, please call the Parks & Recreation office at (269) 337-8191.

   *(If you currently have a scholarship, it remains valid through September 30, 2015.)  INFORMATION MUST BE PROVIDED ANNUALLY

  pdf  Scholarship Application (118.88 kB)

 

 

PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT

Mayors' Riverfront Park
251 Mills Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49048-2434
Phone: 269-337-8191
Fax: 269-552-6457

 

      

 

The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board (PRAB)

is a City Commission appointed advisory board consisting of nine voting members, all of whom shall be residents of the City of Kalamazoo and at least two members shall be 15-17 years of age.

The general duties of the board shall be to advise the City Manager and the City Commission regarding parks and recreation planning and programming. Applications for PRAB are available at the City Clerk's Office or online through the City Clerk Department. 

applications for PRAB are available at the City Clerks Office or online through the City Clerk Department.

For details on the PRAB Meeting Schedule and a list of current PRAB members please see: http://www.kalamazoocity.org/reports/citycommissionagendas/boards/boards_PRA.php

 

PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT

Mayors' Riverfront Park
251 Mills Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49048-2434
Phone: 269-337-8191
Fax: 269-552-6457