BAY CITY, Mich. — Bay City officials are discussing a plan to improve a downtown park that could involve getting rid of a large ring-shaped sculpture.
The Ring of Friendship has stood in Wenonah Park for more than 33 years. The proposed plan for the park emphasizes green space and the installation of an interactive water feature where the sculpture currently stands, The Bay City Times reported (http://bit.ly/2eG6vI2 ).
“There are talks about taking down the Friendship Ring,” City Manager Rick Finn told the Bay City Downtown Development Authority last week. “It’s not our intent to just knock it down. From a city standpoint, we would like to see it moved elsewhere if we can.”
The sculpture was privately funded and designed by husband-and-wife team Kathy and Jon Staudacher. It was dedicated in July 1983.
“When you are coming down Center Avenue, that’s what you see,” Mayor Kathleen Newsham said of the sculpture. “It’s very visible, visual and recognizable. If we’re going to take it down, I want to see it saved and installed somewhere on the west side.”
A public meeting on the park plan is scheduled for later this month. The plan would also have to go before the development authority board and the Bay City Commission to get approved.
Information from: The Bay City Times, http://www.mlive.com/bay-city