April 8, 2014

Farewell to Faye Alexander Nelson

Faye Alexander Nelson’s vision, drive and passion were instrumental in the success of not only the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, but in the transformation of the Detroit riverfront from a blighted area into one of the most beautiful and vibrant destinations downtown.  After more...

April 8, 2014

Bike Detroit, Michigan

Bicycle Magazine (April 3, 2014):In a city so synonymous with the auto industry, cycling is experiencing a surprising renaissance. Drawn by the region's reputation for quality craftsmanship, bike manufacturers such as Detroit Bikes, Detroit Bicycle Company, Shinola, and AutoBike all...


March 3, 2014

Detroit RiverFront Conservancy is searching for a President and Chief Executive Officer

The non-profit Detroit RiverFront Conservancy is searching for a President and Chief Executive Officer to lead the organization. Please click here for more information.    


February 27, 2014

28 Twitter Handles Every Detroiter Should Follow

Challenge Detroit Blog (February 26, 2014):Twitter provides us quick headlines, links and information relevant to the topics we care most about. In Detroit, there are outstanding organizations working 24/7 to provide the latest news and information on events that matter. With tons...

February 19, 2014

Detroit RiverFront Conservancy Hosts Winter Antics

While Metro Detroit was in the grips of what seemed to be a relentless winter, the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy embraced the bitter temperatures and abundant snow and hosted its first-ever winter program this past February. Almost 100 people joined the Conservancy on a bright and...


January 30, 2014

Farewell from Faye Nelson, Detroit RiverFront Conservancy President & CEO

Dear Friends and Colleagues: I hope this letter finds you healthy, happy and looking forward to what promises to be an exciting and memorable 2014.  I personally wanted to share with you my recent announcement that after 10 years, I am leaving the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy to...

January 22, 2014

Detroit RiverFront Conservancy Receives National Planning Award

Detroit RiverFront Conservancy Receives National Planning Award   American Planning Association (Jan. 22, 2014) Washington, D.C. –The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy (The Conservancy) will receive the American Planning Association’s 2014 National Planning Excellence Award for...

January 12, 2014

Detroit RiverFront Conservancy President & CEO Faye Nelson to leave Conservancy

Dear Detroit RiverFront Conservancy Friends and Supporters, On behalf of the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy Board of Directors, I would like to share with you the news that after more than a decade as the President & CEO of the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy, Faye Alexander...

January 8, 2014

Detroit Hot Spot: Rivertown

Visit Detroit (December 23, 2013): Rivertown Detroit has long been known as a hip downtown entertainment district. But in years past, there was something missing — easy public access to the water. The Detroit International RiverWalk has changed all of that. The RiverWalk project has...

January 8, 2014

What new development projects can Detroit expect in 2014?

Detroit Free Press (January 5, 2014) As we start 2014, let’s look ahead to some promising areas of new development in Detroit, asking what is likely to happen with them. Read the rest of the story at... freep.com


December 19, 2013

Year-Long Celebration Helps Conservancy Embrace 10-Year Anniversary

A 10-year anniversary comes along once in a lifetime, so the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy worked throughout the year to maximize this milestone while raising awareness of the organization, highlighting a decade of riverfront transformation, connecting creatively with new and...

December 19, 2013

Programming Brings People to the Riverfront in 2013

As 2013 draws to a close, the riverfront has seen one of its busiest and most vibrant seasons to date.  Daily programming served as a connecting point in the community and brought hundreds of thousands of visitors throughout the spring, summer and fall to the riverfront to enjoy a...

December 19, 2013

Riverfront Construction Progress Continues

Numerous construction projects throughout the year continued to reshape and reenergize the riverfront, with the last several months seeing considerable progress made toward the completion of the east riverfront and the launch of the initial phase of the west riverfront’s...

December 19, 2013

Conservancy Unveils Redesigned Website

To help celebrate its 10-year anniversary and more effectively connect with key audiences, the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy unveiled a completely redesigned website last month. The website features updated copy, many engaging new photographs, a full calendar of events,...

December 19, 2013

Two Long-Time Board Members Retire from Board

Throughout the last decade, the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy has benefited immensely from the strength of its Board of Directors, which represents a diverse mix of business, community and public sector leaders from throughout Metro Detroit. Two of these Board members have been...

December 19, 2013

Conservancy Operations and Security Team Keeps Riverfront Beautiful and Safe

With its four-season appeal, the Detroit riverfront remains a beautiful and welcoming place for visitors anxious to enjoy the majesty of wintertime in the City. In addition to completing routine year-end and cold-weather shut-down procedures, the Conservancy’s Operations team has...

December 19, 2013

Volunteers Make a Difference Along the Riverfront

As the busy programming season winds down, the Conservancy salutes the accomplishments of its outstanding corps of riverfront volunteers, which increased by more than 100 since the beginning of the year. From the rain barrel workshop in the spring to GM River Days in the summer to...

December 19, 2013

Riviere28 Events Draw 700 to Riverfront in 2013

Events hosted by Riviere28, the Detroit RiverFront Conservancy’s popular young and active professionals group, drew more than 700 young and active professionals to experience the excitement of Detroit’s riverfront this summer.  The season kicked off with an evening of bonfires and...

December 19, 2013


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. ...


November 21, 2013

Trail of the Month: November 2013 Michigan's Dequindre Cut Greenway

Rails to Trails Conservancy (November 2013) Everyone has heard about Detroit's troubles: the bankruptcy, the population decline, abandoned buildings and urban decay. What's not often heard is the story of the strength, resilience and pride of Detroiters. Read the rest of the story...