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Wenonah Park, Bay City

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Wenonah Park is the central park of Bay County, Michigan. The park, approximately, is located along the east bank of the Saginaw River in Bay City, Michigan, United States and centered on an amphitheatre. Across the river is another city park, Veterans Memorial Park.HistoryWenonah Park was established in 1908 as a part of the construction of the adjacent Wenonah Hotel, giving the hotel a clear view of the riverfront. Both the hotel and park opened on November 9, 1908. Full development of the park and construction of the auditorium began after the hotel opening. The overall project involved the construction of the hotel at a cost of over 300000 and an auditorium estimated to cost 50000. It was contingent upon the citizens of Bay City approving 200000 in bonds for the purchase of two blocks along the Saginaw River, the removal of buildings, and conversion of the sites into a public park. The Lumbermen's State Bank assumed control of the bonds and credited the Wenonah Park fund on May 18, 1908 with the value of the bonds.FeaturesWenonah Park is centered on an amphitheatre known as the The World Friendship Shell. It is decorated with a large oval sculpture and water fountain. There is a boat dock along the seawall designed to accommodate watercraft of various sizes.EventsA number of community events are held at Wenonah Park, such as concerts, arts performances, the Bay City Fireworks Festival, and the Festival of Lights in November.
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  • Our beloved Pearl in the center of the park (known as the toilet seat) has grown with our city and is now loved by most. Great green space and waterfront views for sunrises and sunsets. Good venue for...  more »
  • Even on a brisk fall day, this is a nice area to relax and enjoy the view of the river. There is always something to see on the river - be it fishers, barges, Great Lake freighters or Coast Guard vess...  more »
  • We stopped in Bay City on our way to Mackinac Island. Wenonah Park is a short walk from The Comfort Inn where we stayed. Close to restaurants and other downtown attractions such as the Planetarium. Th...  more »
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