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...

November 11, 2013

4th Annual Shimmer on the River - Photo Gallery

dbusiness (November 7, 2013): The Detroit RiverFront Conservancy held its 4th annual Shimmer on the River fundraiser on Sept. 12 at the Cobo Center ballroom in downtown Detroit. More than 650 guests attended the presentation that honored the contributions of Marlene and John Boll...

November 11, 2013

Troy Resident Honored for Work on Detroit’s Riverfront

C & G News (September 11, 2013): Troy resident Faye Alexander Nelson is honored and humbled to receive the Detroit Public Television Visionary Award. But she’d rather talk about what the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy... Read the rest of the story at candgnews.com      

November 11, 2013

Cobo Center's new ballroom with a view celebrates Detroit River

Detroit Free Press (September 15, 2013): Cobo Center’s new Grand Riverview Ballroom had no sooner opened to fanfare last weekend that Detroiters began putting it to use... Read the rest of the story at www.freep.com

November 11, 2013

OTHER VOICES: Riverfront gains are group effort

Crain's Detroit Business (October 06, 2013): The last decade has been a monumental one for the nonprofit Detroit RiverFront Conservancy and the Detroit riverfront... Read the rest of the story at www.crainsdetroit.com

November 11, 2013

Detroit Riverfront Clears Another Hurdle for Development

dbusiness (September 5, 2013): The Detroit Economic Growth Corp. says the western portion of the Uniroyal site by Belle Isle is nearing completion following a two-year remediation process, which clears another hurdle in plans to redevelop the 43-acre site for mixed-use development,...