BY : admin ON : July 27, 2011 POSTED IN : Miscellaneous
James M. Cox Foundation Announces $1 Million Challenge Grant to Support River Run Project Downtown
Cox Media Group Ohio announced yesterday The James M. Cox Foundation is making a $1 million challenge grant to remove a dangerous dam and develop new recreational opportunities along a key part of the Great Miami River downtown. The $4 million River Run project is the next phase of development at RiverScape MetroPark and will remove the low dam near downtown and replace it with two scenic drops designed for novice and experienced paddlers, while creating new ways for spectators and others to enjoy the river. River Run is the top priority of the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan because of its potential economic impact on the area. It is part of a continuing effort to develop recreational opportunities in the region. In addition, it will improve the environmental health of the river.
“The James M. Cox Foundation and Cox Enterprises are strong believers in doing what we can to make a lasting impact on our natural resources. This project is a great example of that,” said Jim Kennedy, chairman of Cox Enterprises. “We all need to do our part, and my hope is this gift will inspire others to make a difference and get this critical project done.”
Dr. Mike Ervin, co-chair of the Downtown Dayton Partnership, said, “We are thrilled with the leadership role Cox has taken in moving this project forward. They are strong supporters of strengthening our community. This project is critical to a vibrant downtown, but is it much more. It will contribute to the economic development of our entire region, whether you live in Tipp City or Centerville, by making the Dayton area a more desirable place for businesses and residents to live, work and play.”
Market Vice President Julia Wallace will be working with community leaders to raise the remaining $3 million as quickly as possible. “Our rivers are beautiful and a great resource for the area,” she said. “The more we can make them a prime attraction for residents and tourists, the better. The river can and should be a focal point for the community.”
Sandy Gudorf, president of the Downtown Dayton Partnership, thanked Cox Media Group Ohio for its leadership in the River Run project on behalf of the entire downtown community. “We are so very appreciative to Cox for giving this project the boost it needs. River Run will be a game-changer for our downtown, strengthening it as a regional recreation destination.”
Contact Donna Hall at 259-2025 for more information.
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