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Community Improvement Initiative Past Recipients Scroll down to view

A total of $250,000 in total donations from a variety partners were used to renovate the trails, replace dead trees, add a new playground and put lights, security cameras and a new parking lot into the park. The Consumers Energy Foundation contributed $125,000 towards the project in matching funds to celebrate the company’s 125th anniversary.
The CII grant was used to construct a curriculum-driven playground geared for children ages 2-5 within the Sports and Fitness Park located in city block at N. 6th and N. 7th Streets and Federal and Janes Avenues in Saginaw.
This project was a partnership between Thomas Township Parks and Recreation department and Swan Valley High School that completed safety projects on the Thomas Township Trail (including fencing and a solar caution light), clear out overgrown and downed trees at Roethke Park, build benches and bike racks for the Thomas Township Trail and initiate Phase One of a trailhead pavilion that provides restroom facilities for trail-goers and a picnic shelter.
This grant helped New Beginnings Enrichment Center continue improvements to a neighborhood enrichment center located within its One Week, One Street program area. The enrichment center will impact approximately 800 neighborhood residents allowing for activities like reliable internet access, classes, trainings, seminars, workshops and also provide a safe and supervised place for students to go after school.
Saginaw Community Foundation was one of many community, state, and federal partners that aided in the purchase of just over 334 acres of former industrial property along the west bank of the Saginaw River from the RACER Trust, to be used for nature-based, passive recreation activities and an open space resource under the management of the Saginaw County Parks and Recreation Commission with the 2016 CII Grant Award.
Kingdom Builder’s Ministry serves young men who are unemployed or underemployed by teaching marketable job skills in construction trades and agriculture. The Ministry buys abandoned houses and remodels them as well as buying vacant lots to create urban farming plots full of apple and peach trees and honey bee hives.
Focused in the Unity in the Community Neighborhood Association, this project addressed blight and other needs of the neighborhood specifically: interior and exterior painting, window repairs, lead remediation, improving accessibility such as ramps and handicap railing, fixing outdoor lighting and addressing other safety and code violations.
Located on Fordney St. in front of the Frank N. Andersen Water and Skate Park, The Fitness Court® is an outdoor bodyweight circuit-training system featuring a series of full-body exercises that can be completed in just seven minutes.
On Saginaw’s northeast side, a new community garden will be constructed at the corner of Cathay and McGill Streets. The garden project will feature a fruit and vegetable garden, children’s playground, walking path, a family picnic pavilion, and decorative fencing to surround the entire garden area. The future location of the community garden is shown here.