Following an extensive interview process, the search committee unanimously recommended the appointment of Nelson, which was approved Monday by the DRFC
funding includes $29 million for the West Riverfront greenways and $3 million for the East Riverfront.
Nelson told community members that the DRFC has nearly completed the first phase of its fund-raising effort, with commitments of nearly $80 million to date.
The DRFC also rolled out a vision for the west riverfront last year, resulting in a vision for the RiverWalk spanning from the Ambassador Bridge to the MacArthur Bridge and beyond, for a total of five miles.
We are launching a membership program that has two important goals: to invite all members of the community to participate and invest in our riverfront project and to build a strong base of financial support for the conservancy," said Derrick Miller, DRFC Co-Chair.
Our goal is to have 75 percent of the east RiverWalk -- along with the two plazas and pavilions -- completed by year's end, so plan on joining us for our grand opening celebrations next spring," said Faye Alexander Nelson, DRFC President & CEO.
Nelson stated that the $2 million commitment to the DRFC, part of a larger Ford Foundation commitment announced Thursday, will support the plaza, pavilion and RiverWalk construction and fund a community-based process to develop programming and outreach strategies that promote accessibility and ensure broad-based community benefits.
With the Ford Foundation's $2 million commitment, the DRFC now has commitments of more than $85 million toward a goal of $140 million for the east riverfront, which includes an endowment to fund the Riverfront into perpetuity.
The extension means that the club can remain at its present position, enabling them to host matches and training sessions for the hundreds of men, women and children who play for DRFC.
But for now, DRFC members can remain upbeat about the fact that they will have a club to visit next season, and a pitch on which to watch a team that continues to be among the strongest in the Gulf.
In June 2007, the DRFC announced that more than 75 percent of the East Riverfront -- including two plazas and pavilions and close to 2 1/2 miles of RiverWalk -- were completed and open to the public.
Final plans for the development of the property have not been completed, but the DRFC expects the purchase of the property to ultimately allow significant public access and green space enjoyment for the community.