Bronson dedicates Memorial Park


BRONSON – A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Friday afternoon for a renovation project at a Bronson Park.

Several citizens were at Memorial Park for the dedication ceremony, which was held as part of the 2017 Polish Festival. City Manager Brandon Mersman says a former Mayor had the idea to renovate the park.

There were three phases to the renovation of the park, which is located at the northwest corner of U.S. 12 and North Matteson Street.

The first was relocating the gazebo to the northwest corner of the park to accommodate larger crowds. The second phase included a brick paved walk way leading through the park, which was completed in late 2015.

The final phase included the creation of a water feature as well as landscaping and irrigation improvements.

In 2017, the city had to put the project on hold for financial reasons. Mersman says that led Bronson to look at other ways to get the money to finish the renovations. They found that through a program from the MEDC and MISHDA.

Mersman says the city surpassed their goal, raising over $21,000 locally. In addition, Michigan Gas Utilities also pledged money towards the park.

He says in the next few weeks, some benches and lights will be installed to finish the project.

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