As the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy reflects upon 2013, we look back at a memorable year full of accomplishments and significant milestones. Among the highlights:

  • Our 10-year anniversary milestone was effectively leveraged by engaging the public in year-long celebration events. 
  • The release of a comprehensive economic impact study provided impressive numbers on the tremendous economic impact the riverfront revitalization project has had on Detroit and the region.
  • Significant construction progress was made along the east riverfront, including the completion of Mt. Elliott Park. West riverfront development was launched beginning with the 20-acre parcel located at 1801 West Jefferson, where early stabilization work has since been completed. 
  • Elsewhere along the riverfront, renovations of the Globe Building got underway and work on the half-mile extension of the Dequindre Cut began. 
  • The Conservancy’s special events, programming and new Placemaking initiatives, as well as the offerings of our waterfront partners, significantly increased the number of visitors to the riverfront. 
  • The Conservancy was awarded the coveted Detroit Free Press “Michigan Green Leader” award in the non-profit category for our environmental efforts.
  • Strategic fundraising efforts continue to result in successful identification of critical dollars needed to support the Organization.

Despite our many accomplishments, the year was not without its challenges with the myriad of activities and responsibilities, including more dollars to be raised, programs to be planned and executed, operations and maintenance and security to oversee and partnerships to cultivate. All of which could not have been accomplished without the terrific contributions of the Conservancy’s Board and Committee members, as well as an excellent administration team. 

We invite you to read through this E-newsletter for a comprehensive update of our 2013 activities.  On behalf of the entire Conservancy team, we wish you a safe and peace-filled holiday season.