Henry Marsh – Cement Sky Project

With our partners, an urban park will be created under the I-675 overpass on Washington Avenue by cleaning up an unkept, dark and foreboding two-acre parcel of land, lighting it with colorful LED lights, installing a permeable surface that is universally handicap accessible and artwork to honor former Mayor Henry Marsh by showcasing a depiction of his life. The park will transform the current “front door” to Saginaw into a bright and cheery welcome. 

In addition, the park will tie into Saginaw County’s trail system, provide usable space for smaller festivals, children’s events, reunions, life celebrations, and much more.

Partners-Contributors:

  • Consumers Energy
  • Dow
  • Huntington Bank
  • Applied Imaging

 

Coming Soon:

Bay County CVB Project

Please check back for updates. We’re still in the planning stage, so stay tuned!


Past Projects:

Huntington Event Park Project

The Go Great foundation, partnering with the Saginaw County Convention and Visitors Bureau’s first project was the purchase and razing of the former Crown Plaza Hotel and International Center in downtown Saginaw. These two properties were in disrepair and were challenged with ongoing criminal activities while being located adjacent to The Dow Event Center. The 1.2 million-dollar investment made by our organization and working with the Saginaw Land Bank Authority and with the County of Saginaw, allowed for these blighted properties to be removed. 

The investment paved the way for Saginaw Future, Inc., the County of Saginaw, The Dow Event Center and SMG, Inc, to partner with Spence Brothers, Inc. to build an outdoor Event Park. This once blighted area is now an active entertainment venue in the heart of Saginaw’s downtown entertainment district and has spurred additional investments within this area. We were proud to have played a financial and leadership role in this effort.

Saginaw Township Soccer Complex

The Go Great foundation, partnering with the Saginaw County Convention and Visitors Bureau (SCCVB), focused on the expansion of the Saginaw Township Soccer Complex for its second tourism economic development project. The complex was expanded from 16 contiguous fields to 21 contiguous fields. As part of this expansion, drainage systems were updated, a new road was added, and a second parking lot was constructed. This expansion enabled the SCCVB to bid for, and win, the U.S. Youth Soccer Midwest Regional Championship in 2012 and again in 2019. These events included 215 teams of both boys and girls ages 13 to 19 to compete in this premier soccer competition. 

Each tournament had a direct spending amount in excess of 12 million dollars. This in not including the multiplier effect benefitting our region, but actual dollars spent that benefited our youth, created jobs and benefited our leisure assets such as hotels, restaurants, attractions, events, grocery stores and gas stations, etc. In addition, Saginaw Valley State University was successful in attracting several 4-year students to their campus. Before their event participation, these students said they would not have considered SVSU as a university choice.