BY : Hub Director ON : June 11, 2012 POSTED IN : Living Success Stories
Less than one year after fundraising efforts began, the RiverScape River Run Project is almost fully funded. The public and private sectors — including businesses, foundations and individuals — have contributed a combined $3.8 million to date to support the $4 million project, the next phase of development at RiverScape MetroPark and a priority of the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan.
Now, everyone in the community can be part of this project, as the public fundraising campaign for River Run has just been launched. Click here to make a tax-deductible contribution in any amount. Fundraising for RiverScape River Run began last summer with a $1 million challenge grant from the James M. Cox Foundation. Click here for a list of River Run contributors to date.
River Run includes the removal of a dangerous low dam and construction of two boulder-like structures spanning the Great Miami River. Each structure will have one still water passageway for canoes and one whitewater passageway for kayaks. The project will create a regional recreation destination that also will allow people to fish, sunbathe and enjoy the river downtown. Construction on River Run is expected to begin in 2013, with completion in 2014.
“Rivers always have been the lifeblood of great cities, and this project will create a long list of benefits for downtown Dayton and the region,” said Dr. Michael Ervin, co-chair of the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan and Downtown Dayton Partnership. “RiverScape MetroPark has been so successful in bringing people to the river. Now, River Run will get people into the river. Many cities across the country have invested in their waterfronts as a fundamental revitalization strategy and have seen a significant return on that investment. RiverScape River Run is the next step in Dayton’s investment.”
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