The coalition of supporters of the Bronson Park 21st Century Campaign continues to grow with the recent announcement of a multi-year $ 50,000 gift from the Rotary Club of Kalamazoo. The Club has pledged their gift in equal installments over four years to fund the design and construction of a shade structure for performances in Bronson Park.
In 1999 the Rotary Club funded the $ 750,000 stage bearing its name, and maintains an endowment for its upkeep and maintenance. The temporary shade structure is meant to enhance the experience of park users during performances on or near the Rotary Stage. It will be disassembled and stored when performances are not taking place.
“Supporting the Bronson Park campaign fits perfectly with the Kalamazoo Rotary’s 101-year history of community-driven, ‘service above self’ focus on the economic and social vitality of downtown Kalamazoo,” said Kalamazoo Rotary President Bryan Zocher. “Our club members are proud to partner with the City and Kalamazoo County to build, maintain and enhance the Bronson Park Rotary stage for the enjoyment and artistic appreciation of citizens, neighbors and tourists.”
The Rotary Club of Kalamazoo is inviting the public to attend their April 10 meeting. Sean Fletcher, Director of Parks & Recreation for the City of Kalamazoo and David S. Brose, Anthropologist and member of the Campaign Leadership Team will present: “Bronson Park: Little Known History, Fountain Controversy and Technology Sneak Peek”. The April 10 meeting is at the downtown Kalamazoo Cityscape Events Center from Noon-1:30pm. Cost is $14 for lunch.
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.