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.
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 or more (4 years maximum).
- 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.
Free Public Wi-Fi Comes to Bronson ParkStarting July 14, visitors to Bronson Park will be able to take advantage of free public Wi-Fi. This new amenity will go live during Lunchtime Live! and remain available to everyone within the park moving forward. Mayor Bobby J. Hopewell will announce the new service today at noon from the Rotary Stage. “Access to the services and information available on the internet is increasingly becoming less of a luxury and more of a necessity in our lives, whether we’re applying for a job, paying our bills, or studying for class,” said Mayor Hopewell. “We are excited to start offering… Read More
$ 100,000 Grant from Consumers Energy Foundation Pushes Bronson Park 21st Century Campaign Past Halfway MarkThe 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… Read More