New Playscape Open in Bay City!

Play City at Vets Park, opened fall of 2020, is an ADA compliant destination playground with universally accessible components A place where children of all ages can come together in the spirit of play to explore, create and imagine!

A special thank you to all the individuals, volunteers, donors, sponsors, businesses, and organizations that made this beautiful and thrilling new play place a reality.

Click to see what some discerning users had to say about this new addition to Veterans Memorial Park!


Play City at Vets Park was made possible through the generous support of the following organizations and individuals:


  • Bay Area Community Foundation
    -Nathalie Awrey Fund
    -Community Initiative Fund
    -Dow Chemical Company Foundation Donor Advised Fund
    -Dow Corning Donor Advised Fund
    -Dow Corning Healthy Living Fund
    -The Herzog Family Donor Advised Fund
    -Men's Philanthropy Group
    -Oscar P. and Louise H. Osthelder Donor Advised Fund
    -Women's Philanthropy Circle
    -Youth Advisory Committee
  • City of Bay City
  • The Kantzler Foundation
  • The Nickless Family Charitable Foundation
  • Russell H. and Maxine E. Smith Charitable Foundation

BEACON SPONSORS — $10,000-$19,999

  • Rollin M. Gerstacker Foundation
  • McLaren Bay Region
  • Rotary Club of Bay City

NAVIGATOR SPONSORS — $5,000-$9,999

  • Bay City Noon Optimist Club
  • LiUNA — Laborers' Local 1098
  • Frances Goll Mills Memorial Fund
  • SC Johnson

HARBOR SPONSORS — $2,500-$4,999

  • Morning Rotary Club of Bay City

MAINSAIL SPONSORS — $1,000-$2,499

  • Chemical Bank, Inc.
  • Kyle and Lisa Cleland
  • Huntington Bank
  • R&R Ready Mix Inc.
  • Mary L. Rankey
  • Neil and Magen Samyn


  • Bierlein Companies Foundation
  • Continental Rental
  • Kiwanis Club of Bay City
  • Wildfire Credit Union

BUOY SPONSORS — $250-$499

  • Graff Chevrolet
  • Chelsea L. Mason, D.D.S., P.L.C.
  • Jeff and Debbie McAlpine
  • McLaren Bay Special Care
  • Saginaw Valley Naval Ship Museum
  • Sandlot Sports LLC
  • Water Street Wealth Management of Raymond James

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