City of Kalamazoo Parks and Recreation Department
The City of Kalamazoo retained OCBA to develop a master plan for Bronson Park, the historic central green space in the heart of downtown. An inclusive process to assess Bronson Park’s history, develop an understanding of the consistent elements through time, and create a plan for the future that respects the past while accommodating current uses was undertaken. The OCBA-lead team of landscape architects, a cultural landscape specialist, and an architectural historian collaborated with the City of Kalamazoo Parks Department and a steering committee representing over 20 community organizations to complete a master plan for the park. The work plan for the master planning process included conducting a transparent, participatory design process; developing a specific and detailed study of the parks’ historic features; and incorporating an understanding of how the park functions as a downtown public space. The approach included evaluation of the issues and relationships related to use of the park for community events and daily activities.