City of Saginaw, Michigan

The Saginaw Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was formed in 1981 by the Saginaw City Council. The DDA was created for the interests of the public to halt property value deterioration and increase property valuation where possible in the City's business district and to eliminate the causes of deterioration. The purpose of the DDA is to bolster economic activity and development within the DDA District.

The DDA strives to create business retention programs, job creation activities, and overall economic development projects. Questions, concerns, or inquiries should be directed to Steven Hensley, shensley@saginawfuture.comor call 989-757-2107.

Downtown Amenities

Over 540 acres of parks that include the Japanese Cultural Center and Tea House, The Children's Zoo at Celebration Square, Hoyt ParkSplash PadSkate ParkOjibway Island, and Andersen Enrichment Center with the award-winning rose gardens.

Cultural and Arts attractions are vast and include the Saginaw Art Museum, Mid-Michigan's Children's Museum, The Castle Museum of Saginaw County, Saginaw Railway Museum, and the Catholic Heritage Museum. Historic markers are attractions fill the downtown area.

Entertainment venues in the downtown area include the Dow Event Center, the Temple Theatre, and the Pit and Balcony Theater. The Saginaw Spirit (OHL Hockey League team) call the Dow Event Center home.

State-of-the-Art medical facilities are located in downtown, including Covenant Hospital, St. Mary's of Michigan Hospital and the CMU College of Medicine.

Downtown Special Events

  • Positive Results Downtown Saginaw Friday Night Live Concert Series
  • Positive Results Downtown Saginaw's Christmas Parade
  • Lawn Chair Film Festival
  • Counter Cruise (community bicycle ride)
  • Independence Day fireworks
  • Holidays in the Heart of the City
  • Food Truck Faceoff @ Huntington Event Park
  • Jazz of Jefferson
  • Downtown Farmers Market