Rotary Club of Kalamazoo Pledges Multi-year $ 50,000 Gift to Bronson Park 21st Century Campaign

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

Kalamazoo Bicycle Club Reminds Motorists to "Give Them 5 to Stay Alive"

The Kalamazoo City Commission approved a Five Foot Passing Ordinance in the fall of 2016, which requires motorists to pass bicyclists with at least five feet of space. This commitment by the Kalamazoo City Commission to ensure the safety of all road users was applauded by Kalamazoo Bicycle Club, who recently recognized the Commission with their 2017 Friend Bicycling Award. Bicyclists and motorists are reminded that road users must follow all the same traffic laws.

Here are some important laws for all road users to remember:

  • Bicycles must be ridden on the right side of the road, while staying as “far to the right as practicable” (bicyclists can legally ride two abreast, but not if impeding traffic.) This makes cyclists predictable, just like motor vehicles. This is the law in all 50 states. Ride your bike like you drive your car.
  • Bicyclists must obey all traffic signals and signs, just as drivers.
  • Bicyclists must turn left from the left turn lane.
  • Bicyclists must use hand signals when turning.
  • Lights are required for riding at night and recommended at all times

The following safety measures are also strongly recommended for bicyclists:

  • Wear a helmet. This reduces risk of serious injury or death by 80%!
  • Use a rearview mirror on your helmet, eyeglasses, or bike.  Always be aware of what is approaching from behind.
  • Wear bright clothing so you will be more visible.
  • Use daytime-bright front and rear bicycle lights.
  • Stay alert, avoid road hazards, like potholes, cracks, debris, drain grates, and other obstacles.  Bicyclists can take a full lane if necessary to avoid dangerous situations.
  • Ride out far enough from parked vehicles to avoid opening doors.
  • Check your bike before every ride to make sure it operates properly.

Taking a moment to review laws and safety measures will help ensure that all road users can get from point A to point B safely, and remember to "give them five to stay alive!"

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